Posts Tagged ‘Mayan’

Sololá off the beaten path: Kaqchiquel Wedding

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Kaqchiquel Wedding

I love weddings in the country side. (more…)

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…)

Museo de Arqueología

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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This was a short spontaneous visit to Guatemala City’s Museo de Arqueología
I am always at awe when I see the beautiful art Mayan Civilization created.
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Tikal

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Main Acropolis

Main Acropolis


Tikal, The Place of the Voices, as known by the few left Itza speakers.

This is one of the greatest monuments Human Civilization has ever produce.
I would easily put this place as one of the 100 must see before you kick the bucket.
Those Mayan temples towering over the jungle canopy would leave you breathless!
What a great saga is recorded on each of these stones.

Discovery
What!? I really hate when modern history uses the word “Discovery” in cases like this.
Apparently for History literature, indigenous people, don’t count, they aren’t, well, real people.
The indigenous people of the Peten always had knowledge of this ruins, in fact, they led many expeditions to show them to Western explorers. And of course, it is one of these explorers, Modesto Mendez, who is credited with the “discovery” of the ruins.

Discovery!?

Discovery!?

Eli is always a nice guy, I was guiding this handsome couple whom were visiting us all the way from Canada:

Always watch out for those unexpected rains or hailstones!

Tikal is one of the last easy access places where you can still find wild life. You’ll love the large bands of Coati. One of these bands, maybe up to 70 strong, cross in front of me, there were maybe 6-8 females, each of them with at least 6 young, plus the males and of course my camera is in my backpack.
Our cousins Howlers and Spiders are everywhere, keep and eye open for them.

Museo Miraflores

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

My fiancée and and I went to Miraflores Mall, a very well known shopping center here in Guatemala City.
She went to see a movie and while I waited for her; I took some time to visit the museum next to the mall.
Of course I have to tell you the good and the bad.
The museum is beautiful and it has a great collection of Mayan artifacts.
The bad: The Museum is connected to the shopping mall, where thousands of people walk in everyday, the entrance fee is a meager Q15/$1.90, cheap enough even for Guatemalan standars. I spent almost two hours walking the museum corridors, reading about the pieces, taking notes and photographs. All this time no other person walked to the museum. I had the entire place for my self. Cm’on! We have inherited an amazing gift. These artifacts are the legacy of a great saga our ancestors experienced and it disappoints me that only a few Guatemalans show interest in learning about it.
Mayan Artifacts, Museo Miraflores

Mayan Artifacts

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The Museum

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Son Ritual de Coban

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Young performer of El Pabank, ritual dance of Coban.
More photos and complete commentary tomorrow.
El Pabank

Mayan Temple, City of Yaxha

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Mayan Temple, City of Yaxha.


One condition: You have to play the song while reading the post.

This conversation took place one night at a hotel on the road to the Mayan City of Tikal, the day after we had gone to the City of Yaxha.

I was talking to my tourist guide, a very well known Artist, in Guatemala. He tells me; him and his sister -who is a respected cinematographer- went at night to the Mayan City of Yaxha. His sister had a project: They were using infrared cameras to film the ruins at night. It was an usual night. They went to the City and Film the temples. A few days later they were editing the tapes and they both were shocked! They see a big light hovering on top of one of the temples they had filmed. The light is only seen on the Infrared Spectrum. “We did not see anything the night we were filming” my guide tells me with a exclamatory voice.

A few days later, I stopped at a local souvenir shop next to the pavement. The person attending the shop was a local fisherman. We had a bit long conversation: He was telling me about the fish they catch. He tells me it is best to go fishing when its raining. He tells me: but I don’t like fishing at night when raining because the mountain range behind the lake rumbles very loud. “And some times WE see a light coming out of the mountain and diving into the lake.” He tells me.

Iximche

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Iximche
Iximche, the first capital city of the Guatemalan Kingdom. This ruins are still used by Mayan Priest to perform Mayan Ceremonies and Rituals. A very peaceful and tranquil place. Excellent for contemplating Mayan Architecture and maybe a picnic.

Temple IV

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Temple IV
Temple IV, Mayan City of Tikal. On of the tallest buildings constructed by The Mayan -or aliens some rather believe-. Seen this well illuminated during the “show” of the beginning of the new Baktun* was an amazing spectacle.

Yaxha

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Yaxha
I bring you a Sun Set seen from the top of a Mayan Temple at Yaxha. The name Yaxha means: Green and Blue Waters. An hour drive from Santa Elena Peten, this is one more of the Mayan Wonders one can awe at.