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Coffee and Competition in Antigua

Too much tourism is often bad news for a small town. Tourists fill public spaces and locals divert their attention to fast moneymaking schemes. Prices go up and a town can lose its authenticity. Fortunately, this is not the case in Antigua, where the uneven, cobbled streets have weathered the storm of countless foreign footsteps. In fact, Antigua has found the perfect balance between retaining its Guatemalan feel and benefitting from the tourists. The streets, markets and churches are full of Guatemalans, while tourism has given rise to countless independent coffee shops and bars. Entertainment options are endless.