Guide To New Year’s Eve in Antigua Guatemala

Even though I’ve been in and out of Guatemala for the better part of almost three years, there are traditions I’ve never encountered before and some which I still don’t fully understand. As part of Antigua’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, there were two such events I was looking forward to watching: The Baile de Moros[…]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity. It occurs 46 days (40 fasting days, if the six Sundays, which are not days of fast, are excluded) before Easter and can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. Ash Wednesday is observed by[…]

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought This digital 3D image provided by Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation shows a depiction of the Mayan archaeological site at Tikal in Guatemala created using LiDAR aerial mapping technology. A high-tech aerial mapping technique[…]

Volcanoes of Guatemala

“Three tectonic plates meet in Guatemala and the result is a wild and crazy adventure park with high and beautiful mountains, crater lakes and hundreds of volcanoes to form the spine of the country.” This is one of the best descriptions of Guatemala I have found was recently posted by Vanderbilt University archaeologist Arthur Demarest[…]

José Cecilio del Valle of Guatemala

On the eve of celebrating Central America’s independence from Spain, and six years before its 200th anniversary, a Guatemalan remembers José Cecilio del Valle, his long-forgotten great-great-great grandfather, a key player in the region’s independence and one of the great thinkers of his time. (1780-1834) Mexico and Central America became independent from Spain on Sept. 15,[…]

Magic in the Seven Temples of Tikal

Within the large architectural complex of Tikal -whose real name is Yax Mutul- there are places of singular beauty and unique aspects that not found anywhere else in the Maya universe. This is the case with the plaza of the seven temples, a place where the meaning of numbers and the importance of the sacred[…]

El Barrio – A place where different worlds meet & have fun

El Barrio, a complex of bars close to the La Antigua’s central park is not a typical discotheque, nor typical restaurant or a bar. From the moment you enter you can choose between five different bars, each one with their own style, music and offers. The first bar you bump into is The Ocelot bar, a place[…]

How much oxygen does a Christmas tree produce?

Christmas trees are spruce, pine and spruce. An acre (an Anglo-Saxon surface area equivalent to 4,046,8564 m2) of these trees, which shelters, on average, about 2,000 specimens, covers the daily oxygen demand of 18 people. In the United States alone, more than one million acres of land is dedicated to the cultivation of Christmas trees,[…]