Archive for the ‘Chiquimula’ Category

Guatemalan Food: Tamales Blancos

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Tamales Blancos
Tamales Blancos,regional of the department of Chiquimula; they are very simple to make: (more…)


Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Garnachas are very thick deep fried corn tortillas, topped with diced meat with sauces and grated cheese, cabbage and chile en escabeche (sort of pickled concoction of sliced jalapeno peppers, onions, carrots, etc.). These were delicious! I found them at a restaurant in Ipala. I highly recommend them. They were 3 for Q15 (3 for less than $2).

Laguna de Candelaria

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Most Guatemalans have heard of this lagoon, but I always thought it was called: Laguna de Ipala -Ipala Lagoon-. Everyone calls it that. At the summit there is a big billboard telling a bit about the lagoon and to my surprise, the real name is Laguna de Candelaria.
This is a location one has to visit! It is less than a three hour drive from Guatemala City and there is a road to the summit accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles. There is another road, the one I took. From that parking lot it is an easy 45 minutes (if you are in good shape) to the top. To my surprise; the road is very very clean, I did not see any trash along the way, not like most tourist landmarks here in Guatemala, and they have trash receptacles along the way.
The visitor center has very friendly and informative crew. Talk to them and you’ll hear some history of the place.
The lagoon is clean: I was snorkeling and found no trash or any signs of pollutants. I love snorkeling, it shows you another world bellow the surface. Here you can find these tiny fish with black stripes and a few different species of molluscs.
Candelaria Lagon
view from summit


Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Your Pilgrimage to Esquipulas is not complete if you don’t stop and take a look from El Mirador. There is construction underway, lets hope something nice comes out of it. By the way: Get a plastic bag of Tepache to quench the thirst.