Friday, February 21, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
In 1995, The Marimba was declared Guatemala’s National Instrument and Feb 20th its commemorative day.
Here are some photograph of the outdoor concert at Plaza Mayor, Downtown Guatemala City to commemorate Marimba Day.
- See the elderly woman wearing glasses? She came to the dance floor helped by a cane, but she knew how to move on the floor.
Want to see how to dance Marimba? Check out this handsome couple:
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Today is Guatemala’s Day of the Marimba and we are celebrating it with a free Marimba concert at Plaza Mayor.ore pjotos latet today.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Ladies, I think those umbrellas are not going to cover much, in fact, I don’t think anything you are wearing is going to cover much.
Edecánes, or Models, are the most common way of promoting a brand or an event here in Guatemala. The more provocative the better.
I got an interesting story about it. Guatemalan Government has an official State Radio station, supposed to promote Culture.
Last year I went to a bicycle event; Vuelta al Mundo Maya, and of course, the chosen way of the State Radio Station to promote “culture” at this event was a tall, blonde female edecán.
Oh, by the way, the word edecán is being misused here in Guatemala, the Castillian definition of the word is not close to the usage given here.
Friday, February 14, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
I love this great idea by the local municipality. I hope they expand the service to other route.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Ok, I am not sure how unique this is to Guatemala, but I have never seen it anywhere else (Have you?).
Cervezas Preparadas are something ubiquitous at cevicherias (a place where ceviche is sold. It is very simple to prepared, but every cevicheria has its own recipe, basically: Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, salt and pepper if you may; you stir it a bit and add an ice cold beer of your choice. And that’s it! You got a prepared beer. I once had it with fresh oysters juice and it was delicious too. It is the perfect pairing for any seafood dish. So, don’t forget to ask for a prepared beer when you get your ceviche.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Guatemala’s and probably worlds largest WC/restroom.
I found this while exploring the neighborhood at my vacationing property.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
One of the things I love the most about chicken buses is the fact that you can never go hungry while riding one of them. In fact you can easily assemble an entire meal without leaving your seat.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Here is some great meat you can get at La Plazuela, a fine restaurant located on one of the most affluent zones of Guatemala City.
You can get a fantastic meal here for less than $20 per person. There is only a handful of restaurants known for great quality steaks here in Guatemala and this is one of them.
Friday, February 7, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Let me share a couple of images from San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepéquez, a very small and peaceful town no more than 10 minutes drive from La Antigua Guatemala. This is a municipality worth exploring. I myself ended up at a lagoon not known by many Guatemalans who live not a far drive from the area and surprisingly I was able to observe some bird species I thought only to be found on the few wild life sanctuaries of the country. And they have this free entry small Mayan Costumes museum very conveniently located next to the town’s plaza.
Laguna San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Sacatepequez
Thursday, February 6, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
By a respected Guatemalan Mountaineer
I friend of mine and I were on a very long hike on the mountain range. This is a beautiful hike, you get to walk on this mountain pass where to your left and right you have an open view of the low lands.
We were walking here when we noticed a strange shape light on the sky on or right side. It was a cylindrical shape, it was static, it did not move, which seemed very strange for us. We were staring at it for a while and all of the sudden it starts moving away very fast and it disappears in the distance.
We were shock by the experience we had to stop walking and just lay on the grass for a little while.
Later we pickup ourselves and keep on walking. Not much later we once again see something in the sky. This time there we two identical lights, cylindrical in shape too, on the sky above us.
We stare at the lights and we witnessed a beam of light emitted by one of the lights towards the other light. And not long after that event, the two lights disappear.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Guardian of the Mountain
By a experienced Guatemalan mountaineer
We were a small group of hikers, on our way down from the summit; I decided to stay behind the group.
There was nobody else at the summit, just us.
I started walking down and all of the sudden I hear steps behind me. I stopped walking and the steps stopped as well. I continue walking and I hear the noise of the road stones being kicked. I tell myself this is very strange but I continue walking and I continue hearing those footsteps behind me.
I got so scared I had to stop and it just occurred to me to talk out loud.
I know you are the guardian of the mountain and look, we did not cause any harm and did not leave any trash behind and now we are leaving in peace.
I continue walking and the noise, the steps behind me were gone.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | by Eli Orozco
Identities omitted to preserve privacy, all told by the people who lived them
Four Hikers, three males, two of them professionals and a female
We hiked up that volcano and we reached the summit very fast. We had some spare time some we decided to cook and eat lunch on the summit.
We were having fun by the fire and the female drops the pot with boiling water on the foot of one of the two professional mountaineers.
We had to rush down the volcano to get the injury treated. He was in so much pain he could not walk. He had to be carried by two of the male hikers, while I (the remaining experienced mountaineer) and the female walk behind the group.
At some point the female next to me asks me: Hey, who is the woman walking along the other three hikers?
You are the only woman here with us I tell her, while I slowly turned my head towards the leading hikers and see a silhouette of a woman walking next to them. I was shocked without noticing it, the silhouette disappears.
Sometime later we came back to the same volcano and the hike up was perfect, the road was clear and weather was nice. On our way back there were hundreds of branches, recently cut, blocking the same clear road we had just passed, impossible for a human to do so much work in so little time.
Later while talking to some locals we tell them about our strange experiences at that volcano and asked them if they had witnessed such thing here before.
One of the locals tells us: Ese es el señoron! That’s the Big Mister, later explaining that’s how they called the Devil in that town. “In fact, there is a cave with a drawing of El Señoron and people come here to worship him and to talk with him..” the local tells.