Archive for March, 2013

Tiendas

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Tiendas
Tiendas -small convenience stores-  are the most common business in Guatemala. It is not out of the ordinary to see four or five Tiendas on one single Street Block. In fact; tiendas are so common, you might even find Three of them on the Summit of Volcan Tacana.

Island of Flores

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Islando of Flores
The Island of Flores, last Bastion of the Itza People. Not conquered until 1697!
This is a very well known tourist destination in The Petén, with great food, hotels, shopping malls and nightlife. Stay here for a night and you won’t regret it. Of course, you got to go see the Mayan Ruins all around. Oh! Try the Tostadas 3×10 at The Malecon: on your right after the entrance bridge.

The World’s Biggest Carpet: This Thursday in Guatemala City

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Holy Week Has Begun by Hugo Muralles

The idea comes from the local administration, It will start from Parque Central all the way to 18 Calle at Sexta Avenida. (Which means ten blocks, more or less) The carpet also will be a invitation to the recently elected pope, for some reason…

Either way, It will be fun to see. If you’re in Guatemala City don’t miss it!

El Remate

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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El Remate is a small village on the road to Tikal, Petén. If you are still undecided on where to go for this Holy Week Vacation, this is a great option. The water here is clean and clear –you can see the bottom when standing on the pier- and very refreshing in fact. If you practice snorkeling, you’ll love this location. There is some interesting rock formations and –as I did- you might even find fragments of Mayan Pottery at the bottom of the lake.
Who wants to hear –read- local’s stories about the waters and the mountains behind?

Holy Week Has Begun

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Holy Week Has Begun by Hugo Muralles

That’s right, stay tuned, hopefully I’ll be able to share more pictures of Semana Santa for all of you.

Street Performers

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Street Performers

Street Performers are very common in Guatemala City. You can find them on every street, parks and even on public transportation buses. And honestly, a few of them are indeed very talented. This was taken under a pedestrian bridge at El Trebol, which is on of the most important junctions  in Guatemala City.

Daily Commute!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Daily Commute!
This is the Pedestrian Bridge Entrance to a Transmetro Station -the Guatemalan Mass Transit System-. Just a few more days of this and we all get a break here in Guatemala during Holy Week. And trust me; car commute is not any different! That’s why I rather ride my bicycle.

Tamales?

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Tamales?
According to El Periodico, during the Colonial Period, lanterns would be covered with ram’s skin painted red, to announce or signal that Tamales were for sale there. Now it is represented by a red plastic ball or cellophane. Today Thursday, I had forgotten, today is not Tamales day. Today are Paches, which is basically a Tamale, made out of potatoes instead of corn. Next time you see a Red Snow Ban light, remember those warm Tamales.

Playa Escondida

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Playa Escondida

For those of you who cannot wait for Holy Week vacation, let me introduce you Playa Escondida. This is a calm, clean and beautiful beach on the shores of Lake Izabal. Not more than a fifteen minutes drive from the road to Río Dulce, this is a must stop for those who want to witness serenity and beauty.

Let’s see who is the first one jumping off the pier!

Directions anyone?

Last day at Fu Lu Sho

Monday, March 18th, 2013

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Located in the center of the city and with more than fifty years open, this restaurant closes its doors to the public. They will continue offering chinese food just a few steps away. Apparently, an increase in the rent is the reason for closing the place.

Bougainvillea Wallpaper

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Bougainvillea Wallpaper by Hugo Muralles

You get to see some color in Guatemala City this days. In order to get a wallpaper for your computer click on the image for a larger version.