Archive for the ‘Chimaltenango’ Category

Volcán de Fuego

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Volcán de Fuego
Volcán de Fuego (of Fire) is a very active volcano, with small eruptions several times a day. It is located in the borders of three “departamentos”, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez and Escuintla and at only 16 kilometers from the colonial city of La Antigua Guatemala.
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Acatenango Volcano

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Volcano's crater.
Acatenango Volcano is Guatemala’s third highest pick, towering 3,976 m (13,045 ft) in altitude.
Last eruption occurred in 1972, which sent volcanic ash on a 25 kilometers radius.
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Stone Church

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A quick story for you

Early last year, I ventured into a mountain on the highlands of Guatemala. I went solo, as I am use to. A friend who lives in the town near by told me about this sacred Mayan site, though she had never been there. I walk for a few miles on a dirt road with not one single vehicle transiting the area. There is no mark path to this sacred site. I was lucky enough to have found local campesinos -peasants- who kept telling me where to turn to find the path to the site. It was not easy, directions where: “enter the mountain when you see a large avocado tree” and things like that..

After a couple of miles into the moutain, after leaving the dirt road, I was completely disoriented. There is no clear way to get there, the site is sacred to followers of Mayan rituals and traditions, not widely accepted. By pure chance I stumbled upon three peasant cutting firewood and I asked for directions: “No va a encontrar el camino, porque no esta muy marcado el sendero.” you are not going to find your way because the path is not distinguishable. they talked to each other for a few seconds in their native language and they tell me: Nosotros lo llevamos, We will take you there.

It wasn’t any close, we had to hiked on trails no apt for inexperienced hikers but we got there.

the name of the sacred stone translates to something like Stone Church, Ab ‘ej.

Food: Guatemalan Breakfast

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here is another example of a Guatemalan Breakfast. Very simple and tasty!
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Guatemalan Ingenuity

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

This is something I stumble upon yesterday.
Very inventive way to put to use old bicycles and transformed them into to something useful.
They have the shop in the province of Chimaltenango, the town of San Andres Itzapa. Check’m out sometime.
Guatemalan Ingenuity

Street Art: Murals, San Juan Comalapa

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Last week I showed you one of the Primitivism paints on the main access road to San Juan Comalapa. Today I bring you the rest of the photographs of the murals.

San Juan Comalapa

Street Art: Murals, San Juan Comalapa

Friday, July 26th, 2013

San Juan Comalapa is a small town in the province of Chimaltenango, not more than hour and a half drive from Guatemala City. This town was hard-hit by the civil war that engulfed the country for 36 years. The military outpost on the outskirts of the town was responsible for hundreds or even thousands of crimes committed against the local indigenous people. The people endured this hardship and they express their memories and suffering on a series of murals on the access road to the town.

By the way: this town is full or Primitivism Artists. Home to the famous Andres Curruchich (e).
Murales Comalapa

La Soledad

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Aldea -small village- La Soledad, Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
Yesterday I ended up going solo on an spontaneous trip to Volcan de Fuego -Fire Volcano-. I was completely shocked by the beauty of this area of the country. In fact: one can easily mistake these fields with the country side you see when riding the train on Bratagne, France. You got to go see it for yourself: San Miguel Dueñas, Yepocapa, Parramos and all around. La Soledad

Parramos, Chimaltenango

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

I went out exploring the towns around Antigua and I was amazed by the beauty all around. This is Parramos, a 6 minutes drive from Antigua.
Parramos, Chimaltenango

San Martin Jilotepeque

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Mural Mural at San Martin Jilotepeque. San Martin Jilotepeque, a town with a rich history.

Iximche

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Iximche
Iximche, the first capital city of the Guatemalan Kingdom. This ruins are still used by Mayan Priest to perform Mayan Ceremonies and Rituals. A very peaceful and tranquil place. Excellent for contemplating Mayan Architecture and maybe a picnic.

Cofradias

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

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Cofradias at San Juan Comalapa.
I decided to go for a Walk around town with my friend and hostess and we found them on the street. My friend tells me I was very lucky; she had lived in Comalapa all her life and she has rarely seen them on the street.