Archive for the ‘San Marcos’ Category

Mam People

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Mam People
Mam, one of the Mayan languages spoken on the Mesoamerican territories.
Etymologically, Mam connotes “Ancestors” or “Deities”, (more…)

Hiking up Tajumulco Volcano

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Hiking up Tajumulco
Tajumulco Volcano, Guatemala’s and Central America’s highest peak, reaching 4,220 meters in height (13840 Feet) is frequented by international hikers all the time.
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Guatemalan Food: Criadillas

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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Criadillas, Testicles, in this case sheep’s (Mutton); are almost unexisting in the Guatemala’s city dwellers diet.
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A Simple Highlands Breakfast

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Tortillas de Harina
Mornings are cold on Guatemala’s Highlands, that’s why there is always a coffee pot on the fire and coffee is ready very early in the morning.
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Chile de Caballo

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Chile de Caballo
For those lovers of spicy peppers, you got to try this!
If you have ever tried Habanero Pepper and you think that’s hot!, Chile de Caballo (or Porron) is like being punch in the face by Mike Tyson.
Apparently endemic to the highlands of Guatemala, don’t forget to get some on our next trip.

Provecho.

Classic San Marcos Kitchen

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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This is how breakfast is done on the Highlands of San Marcos, on the slops of Tajumulco, Guatemala’s highest volcano.

San Marcos Delights

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

San Marcos is a Guatemalan province bordering Mexico. Land of contrast, at one edge it touches the Pacific Ocean, at the other end is the land of Guatemala’s two highest Volcanoes, Tajumulco and Tacana.

Living a urban life in this globalized economy deprives you of many things. Like me, many people rely on supermarkets to get their groceries, where most of the foods are treated with preservatives, hormones, etc., fruits and vegetables are full of pesticides and who knows what.

That’s why I once a month I get a fresh delivery from San Marcos.
San Marcos has a terroir perfect for growing apples, though this has not been exploited at a commercial level. There are apple trees on a lot of house and they are completely free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. You can’t get better than this! There is not a big variety of apples but I like those one can get, they are a little acidic, and that’s how I like them.

Getting fresh cheese, free of preservatives and other unnatural ingredients is rather a luxury here in the city.
That’s why I have a freshly made cheese delivered from San Marcos. They don’t use artificial coagulant in the cheese making process, they use a live culture from the cow’s stomach. Yeah, I’ve seen the entire process and that’s why I love it. And when it is done, it is wrapped on plantain leaves.

Habas, Broad Beans -Vicia Faba-
are grown on the highlands. Once dried on the patios or the roofs, they get place on the stove to roast. Your remove the hard and burned skin and bite the hard inner part. They are full of proteins and other goodies for your body. Surprisingly, we don’t see “Habas” in Guatemala City. For some reason they don’t get commercialized here, despite San Marcos producing tons them.

San Marcos is one of the main producer of potatoes in Guatemala.
Buying your potatoes from a supermarket is not the same as getting a bag of freshly harvested potatoes from San Marcos, and these ones are free of pesticides and preservatives; directly from the land to my fridge.

And my fav: Tortillas de Harina
These flour tortillas are somewhat unique to San Marcos, well, I’ve not seen them made like this anywhere else yet.
They make these large flour tortillas with a very simple mixture of water, flour, free roaming hen eggs, salt and sugar.
they are left on the “comal” (hotplate) until they are crisp.

All this makes me wonder: Why the hell am I living in Guatemala City?

Waterfall La Igualdad

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

La Igualdad Waterfall
Catarata La Igualdad.
Situated on a short walk from the Agrarian Community of La Igualdad, certainly this is the highest waterfall in Guatemala! No, it is not El Salto de Chilascó. This waterfall was recently measured and indeed it surpasses El Salto de Chilascó by more than 70 meters. La Catarata La Igualdad was measured to have 201.25 meters height and despite having the professional measurements notarized, the Guatemalan institution in charge of promoting tourism has failed to promote the area or recognize it as such.
People here are incredibly friendly. Any of them will welcome you at their house to spend the night. The Community is well organized and they try to keep the forest surrounding the Waterfall clean and they give constant maintenance to the paths leading to it. Food here is great too: You got to try their Tamales!
Oh, I almost forgot! A short five minute walk from the Waterfall is a Hot Water Spring –careful, water is boiling hot-. The Community has built a series of pools for visitors, were they mix different amounts of ice cold water from the mountains with this Hot Water. Any more reasons to visit the area?

Tiendas

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Tiendas
Tiendas -small convenience stores-  are the most common business in Guatemala. It is not out of the ordinary to see four or five Tiendas on one single Street Block. In fact; tiendas are so common, you might even find Three of them on the Summit of Volcan Tacana.