Nicknamed "The Land of the Eternal Spring" due to its year-round pleasant weather, Guatemala is a nation rich in history, culture, and heritage. Whether you are a resident in Guatemala, or a visitor to this wonderful Central American nation, chances are you will soon visit the nation's historical former capital city.... La Ciudad Muy Noble Y Real De Santiago De Los Caballeros, otherwise simply known as Antigua, Guatemala. It will be great to have you here.
This web-site is designed to give you, the United States citizens and permanent residents, much practical information in one condensed space, so that you have more time to fully enjoy your time in Guatemala, and especially while you are in the Antigua area.
Enjoy the country. While doing so, be sure to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your property. We're glad you are with us.
Meet Your US Embassy Warden in Antigua Guatemala
Mr. Patrick Atkinson has been a legal resident of Guatemala since the early 1980's when he went to Central America to assist survivors of the violence and civil wars in Guatemala and El Salvador.
Since then, he has worked war zone reconciliation across Central and South America, and post-war reconstruction efforts in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
He is the founder of numerous award-winning nonprofit organizations across Central America, Africa, and the United States. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Business Management from Regis University (Denver, CO) where he gave the commencement address at his own graduation.
Mr. Atkinson has received numerous regional and international human rights and community development awards and recognitions. In 2005, he received the Guatemalan Congressional Medal in recognition for the risks he took and lives he helped to save during Guatemala's 36-year civil war.
In 2007 and again from 2011 through 2014 he was Goodwill Ambassador for Peace by the Government of Guatemala.
He is the subject of the biography "The Dream Maker", by Monica Hannan, and the author and co-author of several books and articles, including "Message For My Child" which now appears in 13 languages worldwide.
The projects he has founded and direct have, over the years, raised over 50,000 children in academically-intensive environments.
Patrick Atkinson, American Warden in Antigua Guatemala
This web-site is not a function of the United States government or of the United States Embassy in Guatemala. Most of the information on this web-site was selected from Guatemala.USembassy.gov, www.State.gov and www.FEMA.gov. Additional valuable information for international travelers can be found on all three of these web-sites.