Plaza Mayor

Sunday, March 23, 2014 | by

Guatemala City’s Playa Mayor becomes like a town’s fair on Sundays. Lots of different foods and local beverages available.

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Argentine food in Guatemala City

Saturday, March 22, 2014 | by

My wife watches a TV show every night and they constantly announce an Argentine restaurant. Well, we decided to go check it out, and here is the verdict: First we tried their “Empanadas”, Latin American style pasties. They feature two kinds; beef or chicken, we tried them both. They are incredibly tasty, stuffed with egg yolks and other spices. In my opinion, the best were the chicken ones, and the sauce they come with is the perfect combination.
Next we had a side of the barbecue chicken wings, they were great too, though I rather not focus on USA style foods.
And I as a main course I decided to try their Milanesa a la Parmesana, Chicken Parmesan, Oh man, this really hit the spot!
You just have to have it with a bottle of wine and that’s all you’ll need to start a great night.
Oh, by the way, I really love the decor at this restaurant, check’em out next time you are craving something tasty around Guatemala City’s Zone 10.
And the empanadas are 3 for Q30/$3.90. If you have a small appetite you’ll only need the empanadas, and they come with a green salad. The Milanesa a la Parmesana was Q40/$5.20 and a bottle of wine for less than $10 dollars. What else do you need?

Bon appetite at La Salteña!

Argentine Empanadas in Guatemala

Friday, March 21, 2014 | by

I’m on the run right now, but I’ll have a full review of the place where I had them tomorrow…

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Guatemalan Children

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | by

Don’t you love the innocence of our newest generations. (!?)
This is another of the fine ways our children get some peaceful distractions here in these suburbs.
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Guatemala

Thursday, March 13, 2014 | by

I’ve come across a small relief map of the country of Guatemala at a small shopping center here in 6th avenue, downtown Guatemala City.
What is really interesting is that it shows 50% of Belize’s territory as  belonging to Guatemala.
Here is something for an international crisis!!
Oh by the way; yes that land was stolen by the British.. Shhh…

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Juego de Pelota

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | by

Last month by chance I was in the right place, at the right time to witness a short exhibition of Mayan Ball Game.
I found out they actually have tournaments late September and there are efforts to have it recognized as a national sport.
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Bicycle Riding in Peten, Machaquila to Naj Tunich

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | by

I previously showed a gallery of the Naj Tunich cave system. Well, let me tell you the ride to the caves was nothing easy. It was one of the most demanding ones I’ve ever ridden.
The distance is not great, barely 20 miles each way. You ride through remnants of the jungles once covered this province. There is no shade 99.99% of the ride and temperatures did not go below 90f all day. The first mile or so the terrain is not so demanding, and there are a couple of small tiendas were you can stop to get some beverages. After that there is no single soul for about 10 miles until you arrive at Sabaneta, a small village where you can get some more refreshments. After this village, the real challenge begins!
Ride Elevations
Ten miles of steep uphills, riding under 90+ degrees heat with no shade and not one single time during the ride to the caves I saw a single vehicle! The last two miles are to proof ones determination!
Don’t you love cycling!?

Bicycle Riding in Peten

Monday, March 10, 2014 | by


Here is a small photo gallery of he ride:


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Highway Food

Saturday, March 8, 2014 | by

Here is a sample of what you can get on the roads to Petén. By chance we stopped at this restaurant on the side of the road; we were so impressed by the breakfast, we had to come back to try more of their food offerings.
Breakfast:

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And for dinner: Pinchos mixtos, camaron, res and cerdo.

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These at Villa Habibi, no more than four kilometers from downtown Poptùn, Petèn, on your right.
Oh, the cheff happenes to be from the state where I lived for 17 years; Massachusetts… what are the odds!?

A piece of Paradise

Friday, March 7, 2014 | by

Balneario (a swimmming place)Las Pozas is located 5 miles from Dolores, Petèn; on a very car friendly dirt road.
When you arrived at the Balneario, you are greeted by the owner, who is very friendly and courteous.
He got a very beautiful set up; there is beautiful soccer field to entertain guests, showers and well maintained WC, stone grills and some impressive, massive granite table tops. And if you travel during weekdays, you might have the entire place to yourself.
And if you are lucky enough; you might have arrived when earlier a neighbor hunted and killed a Tepesquintle, a very large rodent, and you get invited to have it for lunch.
The river is one of the wonders this beautiful land has to offer,turquoise waters, might feel to cold at first but after you’ve dove into the water you’ll love it.
These waters are great for snorkeling, of course I brought my equipment and dove down to explore the rock formations. You’ll be amzed if you dare doing the same. The water has formed sevaral pools, perfect for swimming and shapped some very impressive crevasses.

Naj Tunich

Thursday, March 6, 2014 | by

Naj Tunich, house of stones in a local mayan language,  is a cave system 39 kilometers from Poptùn, Petèn.
The cave contains several Mayan burial sites, some of them with elaborate stone constructions. When archaeologist arrived at the cave, all burials sites had been looted. The cave is known to have extensive mayan writing on its walls. Most of the Mayan writing on the cave was damaged beyond restoration around 9 years ago, when someone entered the cave and vandalized the glyphs and drawings with some type of black paint.

Luckily, photographs of the writing and drawings were available, and around seven years ago, a small team of artist created some replicas, now on an exhibit on a separate cave a short 10 minutes walk from Naj Tunich.

Castillo de San Felipe de Lara

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | by

The Castillo de San Felipe, housing a 50 Spaniards, is a fortress built in 1595, to protect the wearhouses down river where Spaniards stored precious metals and “Cochinilla”.  The fortress was

Honi soit qui mal y pense reads one of the canons captured by the garrison of a buccaneers ship.
I’ll have more abot the castle. Right now im en route  to some caves full of mayan artifacts