Archive for the ‘Petén’ Category

Mayan Game of Thrones: Motul de San José

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Motul de San José
Motul is a Mayan archeological site located about 7 kilometers from the town of San José (more…)

Fishing on the Noj Petén

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

San José, Petén is the last bastion of the Itza language. (more…)

Birds of Petén

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The Petén region is full of surprises (more…)


Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

shores of the river in 2013

Río de la Pasión, The Pasión River, located on the Lowlands of Peten, Northern Guatemala. (more…)

El Mirador: La Danta

Friday, May 29th, 2015

La Danta
Resting on the Easter section of the city and towering over the jungle canopy, La Danta, crown jewel of the Preclassic Mayan City of El Mirador, . (more…)

El Mirador: Hero Twins Frieze

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hero Twins
One of the latest discoveries on the ancient Mayan City of El Mirador is a frieze at the Tecolote pyramid complex. (more…)

El Mirador: Prelude

Monday, May 25th, 2015

El Mirador
El Mirador is a Preclassic Mayan City, located at the Mirador Basin, Guatemala’s Northern-most frontiers. (more…)

El Mirador

Friday, May 15th, 2015

El Mirador
Tomorrow night Elí leaves to the Pre-Classic Mayan City of El Mirador, home to one of the largest pyramids Mayan Architects ever constructed. (more…)

Actún Can Caves

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Actún Can
I just came across an audio recording inside the Actún Can cave system in Santa Elena, Petén, by one of the most famous Guatemalan rock bands Bohemia Suburbana. (more…)

Temple I, Temple of the Great Jaguar

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Temple I
One of the most amazing structures in the ancient Mayan City of Yax Mutul (Tikal).
This Mayan Temple has some secrets most visitors are oblivious of.

How About Swimming in Guatemala City?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


Guatemalan athletes seem to be having a recent boom in all kinds of disciplines and I just think that in a country so small like ours, this spreads and inspire a lot of people faster than a bigger city. Just to mention a few of them: Mirna Ortiz, Mayra Herrera, Erick Barrondo. Eli has covered a lot of activity with biking and hiking in Guatemala City, but what about swimming?

The cheapest option in Guatemala City probably would be the olympic pool at San Carlos University, is open to the public and I hear it’s not expensive. But I guess if you’re serious about it, you can always consider to enroll in the official national institution: National Federation of Swim, Diving and Water Polo.

There’s always gyms, probably the most expensive of all the options but if you need flexibility related to the location or schedule, this is your best option.

I ignore the exact definition of “open waters” but since Guatemala it’s a country with so many natural resources, I’m sure (and I’ve heard of this) several lakes in the country are used to train this discipline.  In the picture above, a guy swimming in the Lake Petén Itzá.  I hear there’s fear to overcome when swimming in open waters, and from all my fears, this is the greatest one, I think.  Maybe I’ll do a few interviews related to this discipline in the future.

Just another sunrise at Flores, Petén

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Minimal Sunrise by Hugo Muralles

Flores has been well covered by now in Guatemala Daily Photo… thinking about it and something to write with this photo I remembered this wonderful dialog that makes a reference to that exact same feeling: “painting the door over and over again”; let us know if you recognize where does it come from and if you know this feeling from your own both personal or professional activities:

– I don’t get it. Why would anyone paint a picture of a door, over and over again, like, dozens of times?

– Well, then why should we do anything more than once? Should I just smoke this one cigarette? Maybe we should only have sex once, if it’s the same thing.  Why not a door? Sometimes you get fixated on something, and you might not even get why. You open yourself up and go with the flow, wherever the universe takes you.


That door was her home and she loved it. To me, that’s about making that feeling last.