Posts Tagged ‘zona 9’

Guatemala City at Night

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Guatemala City
Guatemala City´s business district is surprisingly charming at night. (more…)

Another Great Steak here in Guatemala

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

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.

Seafood Platter

Monday, September 30th, 2013

This is at one of the few fine seafood restaurants in Guatemala City that I know of.
Frutos del Mar the platter is called, and make sure you finish it all.
Seafood Platter

Bicycle Event, World Car Free Day

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

World Car Free Day, Guatemala.
I was very impressed by the amount of people who showed up.
This time, I’ll let photos speak for themselves.
I rode from my house in Villa Nueva, a good 10.8 miles to the event, plus a 5 miles loop we did around downtown Guatemala and back to Campo de Marte, and I rode back to my house.
Campo Marte is accessible on a short 30-45 minutes bicycle ride from any of Guatemala City’s Zones and some people showed up driving their motor vehicles with the bike mounted. Come on! It was an event to encourage you to ride your bike to it. Failed!
Besides that, everything was great. I felt an amazing sense of camaraderie.
World Car Free Day, Guatemala


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Here is some more of the food available in Guatemala.
For some reason Parrilladas, which I have not come out with a proper translation yet -grillsome maybe?  with the connotation of a served dish of variety of meats, chorizo, longaniza and chicken, are very popular in fancy dinning here in Guatemala. Argentinians are the best for their quality as far as I’ve experienced. All this for Q370 or $35.
Ok, I’m Eli, not everything is positive: I had to ask three times to three different waiters to get a glass of water at this place.

Pictures Forbidden at Transmetro (oh! and weapons too)

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

It depends on the hour you decide to use the Transmetro to feel in a scene from Schindler’s List but, let’s save that for another time.

The “no weapons” sign in Guatemala City shouldn’t surprise anyone. In fact, I would argue that for capitalinos this kind of stuff passes unnoticed already. We’re so used to it. But, It’s not the only prohibition: You can’t take pictures in the surroundings of the transmetro bus stops, which by the way, I take as a challenge.

I completely understand the firearms prohibition, but the cameras, come on!

If You Drink, Don’t Drive

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

It would be interesting to know the effectiveness of this type of alerts that are increasingly popular, at least in Guatemala City, as indicated by the digital sign in some of the blocks in zona 9: if you drink, do not drive.

A Papal Visit

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Since Guatemala is a predominantly Catholic country, it is not surprising that these references appear everywhere. The visit of Pope John Paul II to Guatemala several years ago was recorded in the next plaque, the place where he stayed during his stay in our country.

In a very quiet block, strange to say this for zone 9, the place has a luxury unknown to the population of the city.  Ironically, before taking these pictures three young men came to me and the smell of marihuana made ​​me think that probably, things are different from years ago.

Bikes Around Guatemala City

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Not sure about Antigua Guatemala or Quetzaltenango but Guatemala City should be one of the most difficult cities for biking. Our cities given priority and are built for combustion vehicles.  The young man in the photograph was in what was known as March 11th Avenue, close to zone 4.

A Church in Gratitude

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Maybe one of the most photographed church in Guatemala City, you can tell why.  The construction began in 1927 and ended in 1941 through Felipe Yurrita native of Castilla, Spain, in gratitude to the virgin Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, for saving his life during the volcanic eruption Santa Maria in 1902 in the mountains of western Guatemala.

There are many elements and influences that are part of European constructions, due to the personal taste of Yurrita;  Romanesque and Byzantine elements, Antonio Gaudi’s Art Nouveau and Moorish architecture, that seems enough to go and take a look, don’t you think?

Nuestra Señora de las Angustias or Yurrita church located in zona 9 with twenty-five meters high stands out in an environment dominated by a thriving city that requires office workers. The contrast is delightful.

Back from work

Friday, May 27th, 2011

It’s the end of the week and all the party places in zona 10 and zona 1 are full. In the main picture, transit in zona 9 is always difficult at the end of the afternoon and all of the transmetros are on the limit of their capacities.

Es el final de la semana y todos los lugares de fiesta en la zona 10 y zona 1 están llenos. En la imagen principal, el tránsito en la zona 9 es siempre difícil al final de la tarde y todos los transmetros están en el límite de su capacidad.

Plazuela España

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

One of the sites that should not miss when are at Guatemala City, especially for its central location, but mostly for its history. The major attraction of Plazuela España is the fountain (fuente) of Carlos III. This monument was erected in memory of King Charles III of Spain. The fountain was initially placed on the city’s Central Park, front the Palacio Nacional. Was transfer to the Plazuela España in 1929.

The architect Antonio Bernasconi was the designer. Originally, the fountain was made with dolphins and horses, symbols of the Spanish monarchy and an equestrian statue of Carlos III. The statue and emblems were destroyed in Independence age. The fountain is actually decorated with a garden with a lot of flowers that never fail to give a special attraction.

text and photo by Miguel Avila