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La Basilica - Monument Esquipulas - Guatemala

The Esquipulas basilica was voted by Guatemaltecos as being the premier wonder of Guatamala (according to survey by Banco Industrial) and it certainly pulls in the crowds. As the center piece of the town, its gleaming white façade is very impressive. Inside, the air is heavy with incense, murmured prayers and belief, as devotees demonstrating their commitment to the saint by approaching on their knees. There is a separate side entrance to a special viewing circuit. Mass times are at 6.30a.m., 11, 5p.m. Monday to Saturday and at 6.30a.m., 8, 9.30, 11, 12.30p.m., 5 on Sundays, with extra blessings in between (times may change during the fiestas).

Cueva de las Minas, a ten-minute walk from the back of the basilica, are a group of caves with some hot baths ($2 entrance) purported to have powers similar to that of the waters in Lourdes.

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Esquipulas, Guatemala

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By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

25 Aug 2010




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