Archive for February, 2012

Panoramic Vista of Volcanoes Atitlán and Tolimán Volcanoes around Lake Atitlán

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A Journey with the majestic views of Lake Atitlán!

Atitlán and Tolimán are the largest volcanoes of the department of Sololá; they are part of the chain of seven volcanic peaks around Lago de Atitlán, Lake Atitlán. With 3537 meters and 3158 m respectively, makes Atitlán volcano the largest in the region, and one of the largest in Guatemala, yet there are two of youngest peaks of the volcanic chain of Sololá.

The origins of these volcanoes is the result of the collapse of old volcanoes, like San Pedro volcano and other small peak that produce the major volcanic events in America and that resulted in the huge crater that actually is filled and we know now as the Lake Atitlán.

The volcanoes Atitlán and Tolimán were formed centuries after this majestic lake was formed. The original lake had a different shape; it was round, but volcanoes Atitlan and Toliman emerged from the bottom of the lake and reached up to the their actual size, resulting in the current appearance of Lago de Atitlán today and its majestic views.

The Mayan Ruins of Iximché

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Tecpán Mayan Ruins by Rudy Girón

The Mayan ruins of Iximché are located in modern day Tecpán Guatemala. Iximché is one of the few remaining archealogical Mayan sites on the highlands of Guatemala. Mixco Viejo is another Mayan site with ruins. Both were very important at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards.

Here’s part of the entry found at Wikipedia:
Iximche is located 90 kilometres (56 mi) west of Guatemala City, in the northwest of the Guatemalan department of Chimaltenango. The city was built at an altitude of 2,100 metres (7,000 ft) in an easily defensible position on a ridge surrounded by deep ravines, in order to defend the city from its hostile K’iche’ and Tz’utujil neighbors. The ridge is called Ratzamut and is a promontory of Tecpán hill, a 3,075-metre (10,089 ft) high mountain to the northwest of the ruins, which sit at the southeastern end of this promontory. The ridge is flanked by two rivers flowing in deep ravines, Río El Molino and Río Los Chocoyos, which both join to flow southwest into the Madre Vieja River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean. Iximche is located among pine forests common to highland Guatemala.

For many years the Kaqchikel served as loyal allies of the K’iche’ Maya. The growing power of the Kaqchikel within the alliance eventually caused such friction that the Kaqchikel were forced to flee the K’iche’ capital and found the city of Iximche. The Kaqchikel established their new capital upon an easily defensible ridge almost surrounded by deep ravines. Iximche developed quickly as a city and within 50 years of its foundation it had reached its maximum extent. The rulers of Iximche were four principal lords drawn from the four main clans of the Kaqchikel, although it was the lords of the Sotz’il and Xahil clans who held the real power.

After the initial establishment of Iximche, the K’iche’ left the Kaqchikel in peace for a number of years.[4] The peace did not last and the Kaqchikel soundly defeated their former overlords around 1491.[8] This was followed by infighting among the Kaqchikel clans with the rebel clans finally being overcome in 1493. Wars against the K’iche’ continued throughout the early 15th century.[8] When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico, the Aztec emperor sent messengers to warn the Kaqchikel.[9] After the surrender of the Aztecs to Hernán Cortés, Iximche sent its own messengers to offer a Kaqchikel alliance with the Spanish.[8] Smallpox decimated the population of Iximche before the physical arrival of the Europeans.[8] At the time of the Spanish Conquest Iximche was the second most important city in the Guatemalan Highlands, after the K’iche’ capital at Q’umarkaj. Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado was initially well received in the city in 1524 and the Kaqchikel kings provided the Spanish with native allies to assist in the conquest of the other highland Maya kingdoms.[8] Iximche was declared the first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala in the same year.[8] Due to excessive Spanish demands for tribute the Kaqchikel soon broke the alliance and deserted their capital, which was burned 2 years later by Spanish deserters… continue reading at Wikipedia

Feria en Quetzaltenango (Xela)

Monday, February 27th, 2012


Desde este domingo se presencian feria como esta en distintos parques en Quetzaltenango con motivo de inicios de Cuaresma, puedes disfrutar de los juegos, comida, artesanía y un buen ambiente, bienvenido a Quetzaltenango.

by José Moreno – Flickr

Why is Monterrico Special?

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Volcanic Sand at Monterrico by Rudy Girón

I have never understood why so many tourist and travelers love experience the Monterrico beach; I mean there over a dozen beaches just like it in the Guatemalan Pacific coast, Sipacate and Las Lisas come to mind right away. Heck, Monterrico was suggested, not too long ago, as one of the best destinations in Latin America. So, why Monterrico, can you help understand why?

Silent Concrete

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

If walls could speak I bet they would tell interesting anecdotes about this narrow alley in the city… perhaps the story of a fight of eight graders after school; or maybe a couple’s first kiss? Worn down by the years, the colors of the walls still portray a diverse array of messages for those of us who can see the beauty behind what many would consider “a scary place”.

Text by Astrid Fortuny

Chinese Food in Guatemala

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Chinese Food in Guatemala by Rudy Girón

Chinese food has to be the most popular foreign food in Guatemala. Some dishes have even become part of the Guatemalan cuisine, like chow mein, which in some places in Guatemala is simply known as chomin, as reported by Miguel Ávila. There are many chinese restaurant throughout Guatemala and some very good ones in Guatemala City. Chow mein, wantan soup, mein soup, chop suey, and fried rice are among the most popular Chinese dishes.

Saliendo de San Pedro La Laguna

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Ésta foto la logré tomar desde mi trasporte, voy saliendo a San Juan La Laguna. Muy buena vista.

Sunrise Over Guatemala City

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Amanecer en Guatemala City

This shot of the sunrise over Guatemala City was taken from the mirador (lookout point) in San Lucas Sacatepéquez. Sometimes it pays to get up before the sun. 😉

Esta foto del amanecer sobre la Ciudad de Guatemala fue tomada desde el mirador de San Lucas Sacatepequéz. A veces, sólo a veces, vale la pena levantarse antes que el sol. 😉

Esperando Lancha

Friday, February 17th, 2012

People from Santa Cruz La Laguna are waiting for the boat to go to San Marcos La Laguna; a normal day for them.

Personas de Santa Cruz La Laguna esperan lancha para trasladarse a San Marcos La Laguna, un día normal para ellos.

Milk Delivery in Guatemala City

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Milk Delivery in Guatemala

This is how goat milk is delivered in Guatemala. This photo was taken at the main plaza in Guatemala City, but you can find these milk delivery boys all over Guatemala.

Children of the Lake

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


The children in the picture are from Santa Cruz La Laguna. I said hello and they told me, “take me a picture” and the photographs came out very well in my humble opinion.

by José Moreno / Flickr

Desde el mirador

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


Aqui otra fotografía desde una perspectiva diferente, ahora es desde el mirador de Panajachel, este es un poco mas accesible ya que se encuentra en la bajada de Sololá a Panajachel.

Si vas en automóvil puedes bajar perfectamente a tomar fotografias, o puedes hacer una caminata desde Panajachel para llegar a dicho lugar.

Disfruten esta espectacular vista.

Contribución: José Moreno