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The Most Beautiful Lake in the World

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Visit Guatemala and you decide. (more…)

San Juan La Laguna

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

If you are interested in escaping from the noise and crowds of Gringolandia, I’m sorry I meant to write Panajachel. (more…)

Guate Pride

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Guate Pride by Eddie Deleon

As I previously mentioned, many Guatemalans living in the United States return home during holidays. Many come with their whole families, including some with sons and daughters who are visiting Guatemala for the first time. This year one of them was Hector, my nephew, who was born and lives in Wisconsin. It was great to see him in his “natural habitat” and his Guatemalan pride in full display.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Only in San Lucas!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Only in San Lucas by Eddie Deleon

Semana Santa is celebrated in San Lucas Tolimán with the same fervor as the rest of the country and a few peculiarities. One significant change is the use of pine needles for the preparation of most procession carpets, or alfombras, as well as the construction of arches made out wood poles. Hanging from these arches are decorative lights as well as a number of contraptions filled with confetti which is dropped over the passing procession by pulling on a cord. This Duffy Duck Cucurucho is one of the most fun ones I have seen in the last few years.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Nothing like home

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Nothing like home by Eddie Deleon

In Guatemala nothing beats the taste of a home cooked meal. My family lives in the small town of San Lucas Tolimán, in Lake Atitlán. After a quick visit to the Guatemala City, my travels always take me home to San Lucas Tolimán and to the old kitchens of my grandmother and aunt. Not matter what time of the day it is, you can always find tortillas and fresh pots of coffee and black beans. The perfect compliment to such a traditional plate is the tomato and onion sauce kown as chirmol, which you can spread over the beans and eggs. My aunt prepares her chirmol by roasting the tomatoes in a comal over a wood fire. In San Lucas Tolimán, most home still use these old-fahioned stoves known as poyos. You can catch up on family news while waiting for the tomatoes to be ready. The result is an amazing gastronomical experience that feeds your tummy and soul.

Photo and text by Eddie Deleon

Say Pepián!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

4 caminos pepian by Eddie Deleon

No Guatemala vacation can be complete without the long anticipated visit to restaurants that serve traditional Guatemalan dishes, or Comida Tipica. The most adventurous head straight to the street vendors and stalls in the Central Market. Others prefer the pleasant atmosphere of restaurants like Arrin Cuan. Located in the historical district of the city, the restaurant spreads over five large rooms of a colonial house. Here you can enjoy a variety of stews, Pepián being one of the favorites, while listening to live music. The Cuatro Caminos, or Four Roads, plate seen in the picture is a perfect starter. The adorable smiles are courtesy of my nieces Rebeca and Deborah.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Monday, April 27th, 2015

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Many Guatemalans who live in the United States return home during mayor holidays, like Semana Santa or Holy Week. Some are coming back for the first time in decades, others make the effort to come back every year. They bring their children and wives to walk the streets and visit the places they knew as children. One of the first stops is your old house or street. This is a shot of my street in the historic center of Guatemala City. Nothing prepares you for the torrent of emotions that overwhelm you when you recognize your old house.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Holy Monday Around Lake Atitlán: Washing Maximon’s Clothes

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Holy Monday - Washing Maximon's clothes © Meghan Eckman

This year, Maximón is housed at San Antonio cofradía. Each year during Holy Week, Maximón is dismembered, his clothes are washed, a new mask is carved, and he is reassembled again. The traditionalist Maya interpret the time of Christ’s death as a time when Maximón is reborn.

On the Monday of Holy Week each year, known as Holy Monday, the cofradía that houses Maximón collects the clothes that Maximón has worn throughout the year. They march in procession, carrying washing stones and Maximon’s clothes to Lake Atitlan, where his clothes are ritually washed, thus cleansing the clothes of the sins confessed to Maximón throughout the year. It is interesting to note that while women typically do the washing in Guatemala, on this day – it is only men who are allowed to wash Maximon’s clothes.

Text and photos by Meghan Eckman

Drying Coffee

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

In many parts of the South Coast, in this case we can see San Felipe Retalhuleu coffee lying on the streets to dry, one of the most consumed beverage in the world has an interesting beginning.

En muchos lugares de la Costa Sur, en este caso San Felipe Retalhuleu podemos ver café tendido en las calles para secarlo, una de las bebidas más consumidas en el mundo tiene un interesante inicio.

Photo by: José Moreno

Color Full Atitlán

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Well, I love when I travel to "Lake Atitlan" and I see so much color, so much beauty, here you can see a very colorful baby shoes.

What do you think respect this photo?

Pues, amo cuando viajo al "Lago de Atitlán" y veo tanto color, tanta belleza, aqui puedes ver unos zapatos para bebés muy coloridos.

¿Que piensan ustedes respecto a la foto?

Photo by: José Moreno

Beautiful Church

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

This beautiful church always liked me to, and the park is so peaceful to sit and rest for a while and a few meters is the municipal market with fresh fruit, drinks and "chucherias" to be a good time there, do you know where is it?

Photo by: José Moreno

Santiago Atitlan

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Visitando siempre lugares, en esta ocacion me gusto la idea de ir a Santiago Atitlán, un pueblito con muchas tradiciones, su principal atractivo "MAXIMON" entre otras cosas.

En la foto pueden ver la hermosa vista que se tiene desde el muelle.

Photo by: Jose Moreno