Archive for the ‘Chimaltenango’ Category

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.

We’re Men of Maize

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Maya women making fresh tortillas on a clay comal over a wood fire by Rudy Giron

As I have said on AntiguaDailyPhoto.com before, “it is impossible to think of the Guatemalan, Mexican and Mesoamerican diet without maize. From the Popul Vuh (Popol Wuj in modern spelling), the Mayan equivalent of the Bible, which states that humans were literally created from maize, to Miguel Ángel Asturias‘ novel Hombres de maíz (Men of Maize) which is one of the best novels to understand Mesoamerica and its people. Guatemala and Mexico share the birth place of maize, which was and is the most important crop in human history. The richest diversity of maize can be found in Mesoamerica!

Many of the dishes of the Guatemalan cuisine are based on the milpa crops. The term milpa refers normally to a maize field, but it is so much more. In a milpa field there a dozen crops at once: maize, avocados, multiple kinds of squash, chiles (hot pepper chilli), beans, tomatoes, tomatillos, camotes (sweet potatoes), jicama (a tuber also known as sengkwang, yam bean, singkamas, Mexican turnip), amaranth (also called pigweeds) and mucuma (a tropical legume). “Milpa crops are nutritionally and environmentally complementary.” said Charles C. Mann in his book 1491. H. Garrison Wilkes, a maize researcher at University of Massachusetts in Boston is quoted in the same book, “The milpa is one of the most successful human inventions ever created.”