Discovering Guatemala

A Good Martini

A martini is a drink that never goes out of style, but preparing it correctly can be a challenge, as it requires a lot of precision. The classic recipe for a perfect Martini has a portion of extra dry Martini, a shot of gin and a shot of orange bitter; all of this is...

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Corpus Christi in Patzún

Patzún is a municipio in the department of Chimaltenango, 83 kilometers (51 miles) from Guatemala City and 44 kilometers (27 miles) from La Antigua (about a 1-hour trip by car). There are two explanations for the origin of the name Patzún. The first says that the name comes from the Kakchiquel Maya words pa...

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Stew from Ciudad Vieja

Ciudad Vieja is a municipality in the Department of Sacatepéquez located just 5km from La Antigua Guatemala. In this place – known as the Valle de Almolonga – was where the second capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala was settled. In this corner you will find friendly people, who enjoy their traditions and enjoy...

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The Stitch of the Month at the Museo Ixchel del traje Indígena

The wonderful hands of the Maya made stitches inspired by their ancestral cosmovisions. Their beautiful huipiles of fabrics or woven cuts are still adorned with colorful designs that show the richness of the Mayan identity. The word huipil comes from the Nahuatl word “Huipilli” meaning “my cap”, in other Mayan languages it is known...

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Why Guatemala is a part of my record breaking journey?

Sal Lavallo is the youngest American to visit all 193 countries in the world, and he stopped by Guatemala on March 6th. He tells us why Central America –especially Guatemala – has a particularly special place in his heart. “In traveling to 168 countries, I’ve seen lots. From the longest beaches to the tallest...

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10 Important Archaeological Sites in Guatemala

When you come to Guatemala, you probably don’t imagine the huge amount of activities that you can experience and the many archaeological sites that you can visit. We have created a list of places, that any good tourist must know in Guatemala.  1. Tikal Nothing you can read – and there certainly has been...

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Lent in La Antigua

First Week of Lent Friday March 3, is the day when the Holy Vigil of the image of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación in Santa Catarina Bobadilla – where a procession will take place on Sunday the 5th. The Nazarene of Santa Catarina Bobadilla was named Patron Jurado of La Antigua in 2009. The...

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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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Valentines day

Nowadays February is known as the month of love and friendship and on the 14th we give or receive gifts from friends and loved ones. Valentine’s Day actually dates back to Ancient Rome, to a celebration in honor of fertility known as Lupercalia. During this celebration women were whipped in a ritual that was...

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A Day at Florencia

To get to Florencia Ecological Park – better known simply as “Florencia” – from La Antigua, just take the road leading to Guatemala City, and after driving about 9 km (about 5 miles), on the right-hand side you’ll find this protected natural reserve in the municipio of Santa Lucía Milpas Altas. This park has 64...

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