Posts Tagged ‘Petén’

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.

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.


Monday, April 8th, 2013

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.

Mayan Door

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Detail of a Mayan Church Door at San Benito Peten. I found this place by chance. I was looking for a vantage point to have a Panoramic View of the Town and asking locals, they guided me to this hill and there it was: A Mayan Church! The place seems abandoned -windows smashed, bad paint- but apparently; Mayan Priest -Sacerdotes Mayas- occasionally perform ceremonies there. If you want to avoid walking for kilometers and kilometers trying to find this place: Shhhh, you can ask me how to get there.

Island of Flores

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Islando of Flores
The Island of Flores, last Bastion of the Itza People. Not conquered until 1697!
This is a very well known tourist destination in The Petén, with great food, hotels, shopping malls and nightlife. Stay here for a night and you won’t regret it. Of course, you got to go see the Mayan Ruins all around. Oh! Try the Tostadas 3×10 at The Malecon: on your right after the entrance bridge.

Bird Watching: Wedge-tailed Sabrewing

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing by Dave 2x
Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, a photo by Dave 2x on Flickr.

The Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

The photo was taken in the rainforest of Petén, Guatemala.

A daily afternoon

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

Is there anything else needed to describe the photo? This was just on this past Friday, and you can tell that there are foreigners and Guatemalans enjoying the afternoon just as you can enjoy it on a very hot day, with very cold beers 🙂

¿Es realmente necesario describir la foto? Esto apenas fue este pasado viernes, y se puede notar que hay tanto extranjeros como guatemaltecos que disfrutan de la tarde, en aquella forma en la que solo se puede disfrutar una muy calurosa tarde, que es con cervezas muy frías 🙂

Heading back home

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Trying to break some rules, attempting to get all the DailyPhoto contributors to write more posts, the whole country is amazing for its colors. There is a “rule” that sunsets are best in November. In Petén, perhaps not all 365 days around, but quite a good deal of times November is truly not the only best time. So, the challenge to our DailyPhoto colleagues is to share those golden hour photographs.

In the mean time, the situation in Petén for tourism is still quite safe regardless the current state of siege. Would you like to join us for some beers while we photograph more sunsets? You can’t deny that such sunsets aren’t inviting for a drink every time you head back home with such heavy traffic when you just have to paddle your way home.

A thatch roof

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Thatch roofs are very nice and in the hottest of days, they do help in providing a very refreshing shelter. The ancient Maya of Petén of the lowlands (Petén, Belize and Southern Mexico) used the Guano palm (Sabal morrisliana) a lot for roofs and possibly for other stuff. It is still used today by plenty of people.

But if you end up living in Petén and if you want your Guano thatch roof make sure that the person/entity you are buying it from has the proper harvest and transportation licenses. These kinds of licenses are only given by CONAP (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas – National Council for Protected Areas)

And, just fyi, make sure that the people building the thatch roof do know how to build it properly, because there are specific angles to consider as well as some other details. Should you not hire the right people, then the roof can rot in less than a year! You really want such an investment to last as much as possible, right?


Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Waiting in front of a hotel, just by accident grabbing the camera, these kids went right in front on their bikes. Don’t you find that sometimes riding a modified bike can be a bit of an adventure? When was your last time riding a bike in Petén?

Tayasal’s Mirador

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

A lot of people when they read or hear about a Mirador, most usually the first reference is the El Mirador Archaeological Site (keep in mind that Petén holds more than 5,000 officially registered archaeological sites). But in this case it is a watchtower (one of the many translations and interpretations for “Mirador”) located on the Tayasal Peninsula, just a bit north of the Island of Flores. The Tayasal Peninsula holds several places, like the Tayasal Archaeological Site, the Chechenal beach, the towns of Arrozal and San Miguel, as well as the Petencito Zoo and ARCAS (a wildlife rescue center). All of these places can be accessed by land and by boat.

If you give yourself a chance to stay some time in Flores, make some to visit the other nearby places. You won’t regret it. Anyway, the above picture is during sunrise, can you imagine the sunrise/sunsets from this mirador? By the way, what other miradores have you visited?

Welcome to Petén

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Petén is not just Tikal, it is far more… Here we are at the Eastern most side of Lake Petén Itzá, on the town El Remate. Does anybody remember the event that led to the astronomical view of the moon with the “company” of two planets? What are the names of the planets? 🙂

text and photo by Arturo Godoy

Arturo Godoy PortraitAbout Guest Contributor: Arturo Godoy is married to photography after having divorced biology. He is now living in La Antigua Guatemala. He is starting up his photography business after making the transition from amateur photographer to a paid one, hence now a pro. In the few years he’s been in photography he’s had six expositions, and is working on two photographic books, one about expressions of women (a shared book with his dearest friends) and one about conservation of nature. His love to photography rises from expressing something through whatever kind of natural beauty that crosses him and his camera. You can browse and purchase photos from his portfolio at web site.