Hecho en Guatemala

Costumes and Carnaval

One day before the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday is the traditional celebration of Carnaval. This day is variously known in English-speaking countries as Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, and this year it falls on Tuesday, February 28TH . In many towns, neighborhoods, and schools here in Guatemala, children dress up...

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Traditional Guatemalan Beans

One of the joys of living in a foreign country is discovering the local cuisines. Guatemala has wonderful traditions and the meals that accompany them are well worth trying. Befriending Guatemalans and sharing their family’s traditional recipes is a treat for your soul and your taste buds. Lucky for me a dear friend shared her...

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Coffee Varieties at El Cafetalito

More than 2 centuries ago, Jesuit priests introduced the coffee plant to La Antigua Guatemala; with the aim of using it as an ornamental plant in their gardens. Its exploitation as a commercial crop didn’t start until the beginnings of the 14th Century. Nowadays, there are 8 recognised coffee-producing regions, and – of them...

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Upcycling in La Antigua

Like a lot of people, when I think of ‘recycling’ and recycled wares, pretty shoes, boots and bags don’t normally come to mind. To stumble across an entrepreneurial couple that makes something beautiful out of old discarded goods was a wonderful experience. Paganos Fashion founder Johanna is one earth conscious soul that has created a...

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Celebrations for the Virgin

‘’With songs and praise….band music, the crack of firecrackers, coloured lights, the chiming of bells and the sound of the big bass drum, the celebrations dedicated to the Patron Saint of the village start off’’ – recounts Doña Camila Salazar Illescas. Without a doubt, the habitants of Ciudad Vieja Sacatpéquez are overcome with love...

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The Pre-Hispanic Art of Guatemalan Textiles

La Antigua Guatemala is home to a trove of treasures; amongst which the elaborate weavings found in stores or sold by street vendors (along with an infinity of other interesting knickknacks) stand out. Indigenous women weavers still use the traditional backstrap loom that requires the weaver to sit or kneel down in a particular position...

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El Simbolismo de los Tamales

The Guatemalan tamal is an extraordinary blend of flavors. Unlike the Mexican term that ends with an “e” which many English speakers have learned, in Guatemala the dish is called a tamal (the plural is tamales), and it’s a delight for the palate. It not only satisfies the appetite, but it also has a...

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One for One: Working Together for Potable Water in Guatemala

The goal of Ecofiltro is to provide potable water to 1 million Guatemalan families in rural areas by 2020. “Our strategy to achieve this is through providing donations to rural schools’’ states Philip Wilson, CEO of Ecofiltro. In Guatemala, 90% of water sources are contaminated. Diarrhea-related illnesses are the second biggest cause of infant mortality under...

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The Pilgrim Fountain

As you walk into the Franciscan monastery of this colonial town (otherwise known as the ruins of San Francisco), you might have the impression as you walk through the patio of the first set of cloisters that something is missing. If you really look at the space and the shape of the patio it’s easy...

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The famous Shecas from Xela

Whenever we go on a trip, we usually bring something back in our suitcase that represents the place that we have visited. Some people bring back a type of typical handicraft that the region is famous for and others concentrate on taking loads of photos that they can print out and turn into postcards....

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