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  • Churrasco! A Guatemalan Barbecue Experience

    Churrasco! A Guatemalan Barbecue Experience

    text, recipes & photos by chef and author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. Churrasco is a special Guatemalan experience that refers to cooking meats and other foods outdoors on a parrilla (grill) during gatherings where friends and family get together to celebrate special events or simply share good times. My dad’s very large family (12 brothers and sisters) had […]

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    | September 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • What Are You  Building Today?

    What Are You Building Today?

    by Sri Ram Kaa & Kira Raa. The sun rises over Guatemala and the day begins as possibilities unfold. This is a unique opportunity to be the architect of your day. Guatemala is referred to as the Land of Eternal Spring for good reason: Spring brings birth and renewal. Spring is the gift that comes […]

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    | September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • The Butterfly Watchers

    The Butterfly Watchers

    text and photos by Thor Janson.   Bird watching is big business. It’s been reported that there are more than 20 million aficionados who are serious about watching these feathered friends in their natural habitat. Birds are often very beautiful and as a group they display a great diversity of color, shapes and behavior. But […]

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    | September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Murals in Homage to 13 Baktun

    Murals in Homage to 13 Baktun

    San Juan La Laguna    by Francisco Sandoval. The Tz’tujil town of San Juan La Laguna is located on the southwest bay of Lake Atitlán. It sits against the foothills of the Rostro Maya, a sacred mountain summit that is reminiscent of a Mayan face gazing skyward. Known for its authenticity and tranquility, now there […]

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    | September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Carlos Argüello

    Carlos Argüello

    Visualizing a Digital Future for Latin America PROFILE by Linda Conard. Carlos Argüello—the Oscar-nominated mastermind behind unforgettable visual effects in Hollywood blockbusters like “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Batman and Robin,” “The Devil’s Advocate,” “The Mummy” and “Armageddon,” and groundbreaking music videos for artists like Michael Jackson and David Byrne—has created never-imagined new worlds on the […]

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    | September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • The Flag(s) of Guatemala

    The Flag(s) of Guatemala

      by Elizabeth Bell. Guatemala’s current flag has flown over the skies of Guatemala since Aug. 17, 1871, although independence from Spain was signed on Sept. 15, 1821. Colonial banners and flags were quite popular before independence and usually incorporated a red and yellow color combination similar to the Spanish flag. In 1822, the Mexican […]

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    | September 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Ramón Ávila: Abstractions from Within

    Ramón Ávila: Abstractions from Within

    ARTIST PROFILE by Linda Conard  photos: Murphy Byrne. When you step into an exhibit of Ramón Ávila’s paintings, you are surrounded by color, emotion and intensity. Many of his oils suggest organic elements, such as earthy roots, plant fibers and even internal organs, in forms that are progressive and reaching, complex and tangled. In other […]

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    | August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Bodacious Buses!

    Bodacious Buses!

    text/photos by Capt. Thor Janson Several years ago a well-known Guatemalan photographer was leafing through one of my books and commented on the many images. Rolando especially liked my photos of the quetzal and the orchids, but when he came to the section that featured ramshackle, rural buses, he asked, “Why would you fill your book […]

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    | August 8, 2014 | 4 Comments
  • A Thousand Word Smile

    A Thousand Word Smile

    by Sri Ram Kaa & Kira Raa They say a picture is worth a thousand words…but what about a smile? An authentic smile offers such a positive experience. Have you ever noticed that when a person responds to you with a sincere smile that there is an immediate sense of reassurance? Smiles, like words can […]

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    | August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
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From the Publishers

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
From the Publishers

The photo cover Faithful Friend by Gerardo Elías Cotuc Pérez is our tribute to animals, coinciding with this month’s photo contest subject Pets and the Blessing of the Animals/World Animal day on Oct. 4. Following this theme, we bring you Susanne Kennedy’s interview with Selaine d’Ambrosi on Ayuda and its unique approach to helping animals. […]

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Revue Photo Contest, November 2014: Food of Guatemala

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Revue Photo Contest, November 2014: Food of Guatemala

Attention Photographers! It’s time for the monthly Revue Photo Contest. The theme for November is “Food of Guatemala” — To enter, send one hi-resolution photo (no watermarks please) to photos@revuemag.com — Photos will be accepted from Oct. 1st to Oct. 10th (midnight). Voting will be open from Oct. 1st through midnight Oct. 15th. There will be […]

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Owning Real Estate while Living Abroad

| September 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
Owning Real Estate while Living Abroad

Many U.S. Citizens are aware of the $250,000 ($500,000 if married filing jointly) exclusion on the gain from a sale of a home in a qualifying transaction. The following general requirements must be met to qualify for the exclusion: You must have owned and occupied the home as a principal residence for at least two […]

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Real Dining at Las Velas

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Real Dining at Las Velas

by Shannon McCullough. Camino Real’s chef Walter Martínez has created an exciting new menu. There are so many wonderful restaurants in La Antigua Guatemala, you could spend a month dining out every day or night of the week. Camino Real’s Las Velas restaurant has been on my list so a few weeks ago my partner and […]

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From the Publishers: September 2014

| September 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Rainy days are wonderful for crops, trees and gardens—this month’s cover demonstrates that rainy days can be full of fun for humans, too. Honoring Independence Day, Elizabeth Bell gives us the backstory on the evolution of the Guatemalan Flag(s). Thor Janson offers Butterfly Watchers, along with some amazing photographs of these beautiful creatures. Linda Conard […]

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Francisco Marroquín: Guatemala’s first bishop and linguist

| August 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Francisco Marroquín: Guatemala’s first bishop and linguist

by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. Francisco Marroquín (1499-1563) was the first bishop of Guatemala and the country’s first linguist. Born near Santander, Spain, he studied philosophy and theology and was a professor at the University of Osma. He became a Dominican priest and was at the Spanish royal court where conqueror Pedro de Alvarado met him in […]

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From the Publishers

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

This month Elizabeth Bell recounts Francisco Marroquín’s many accomplishments as Guatemala’s first bishop and linguist. Next up, Tara Tiedemann reports on The Collapse of the Ancient Mayan World presented at the VII Convención Mundial de La Arqueología Maya 2014. The cover honors renowned artist Ramón Ávila. Linda Conard calls attention to his life and his […]

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Maya Princesses

| July 10, 2014 | 6 Comments
Maya Princesses

Rabin Ajau: The paramount indigenous cultural event of the Mayan world text/photos by Capt. Thor Janson – navigator / explorer (facebook.com/nubliselva) – Candaleria Coquix grew up in the little settlement of Cantón Zapotál, part of the Municipality of San Lucas Tolimán in the Department of Sololá. Just a stone’s throw from a little bay on the southern […]

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Fiesta Time in La Antigua!

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Fiesta Time in La Antigua!

La Antigua maintains its holiday in honor of St. James on July 25th, and the celebration begins now! by Elizabeth Bell. It’s fiesta time again in La Antigua Guatemala! July 25th is our patron saint’s day—St. James—as the city was founded as Santiago de Guatemala. St. James was an apostle, the conquerors’ patron saint and […]

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From the Publishers

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

We hope you enjoy a sampling of the July Photo Contest entries of “Artists in Action.” First prize (judge’s vote) by Nelo Mijangos graces the cover. Celebrations this month include “Fiesta Time in La Antigua” by Elizabeth Bell, and Thor Janson highlights the “Rabin Ajau Pageant” in Cobán. Anniversary celebrations include “CasaSito turns 10” by […]

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Sensuous Guatemala: TILE

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sensuous Guatemala: TILE

by Ken Veronda No, not floor or wall tiles, nor mosaics. Not bath tiles or tiles used for games. Tiles can be of ceramic, stone, metal, glass. Not these. I’m talking roof tiles, the Spanish Mission or barrel tile with the curved surface, an old idea brought here by the European conquerors who started making […]

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Shamanic Rituals and the Power of Belief

| June 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
Shamanic Rituals and the Power of Belief

“Roads to Adventure” text and photos by Thor Janson (fb.com/nubliselva) The fabric of Mayan life is embedded with a vibrational tonality unique to its culture. Mayan America exists as a parallel reality alongside and surrounded by Latin America, it is a realm where magic and the supernatural thrive as a part of everyday life. Everywhere, […]

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The San José Cathedral

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
The San José Cathedral

Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell. Located across from the central park, it is one of the most spectacular colonial buildings in La Antigua Guatemala. The original cathedral, built in the 1540s, was severely damaged by earthquakes in 1583 and 1600 before being demolished in 1669. Captain Martin de Andújar was in charge of the new […]

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Aj Tikonel Kab’ — Harvester of Honey

| June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
Aj Tikonel Kab’ — Harvester of Honey

Apiculture by Linda Conard photos: Pueblo a Pueblo Beekeepers On a hot, humid Sunday morning nine men and women beekeepers hiked the slopes Lake Atitlán’s Volcán Tolimán to tend small boxes quietly buzzing in a forest clearing. Wearing a veil, jacket, and gloves over her traditional huipil and skirt, Felipa Ajcalon Sajquiy, president of the […]

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June Issue of the Revue is on the streets

| June 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
June Issue of the Revue is on the streets

From the Publishers The San José Cathedral, located across from the central park, is one of the most spectacular colonial buildings in La Antigua Guatemala. Elizabeth Bell takes us back to its beginnings in the 1540s, its reconstruction and completion in 1680, only to be abandoned in 1773. Then in 1984 the National Council for […]

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Profile: Elena Tujal Cocón

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Profile: Elena Tujal Cocón

by Jan Theberge  photo: Amber Eastman. Fresh organic produce available every Saturday – Elena Tujal Cocón has been selling her organically grown vegetables for more than three years on the patio at Fernando’s Café in La Antigua Guatemala. You can find her there every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., standing behind a table […]

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Upgrading the Basics

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Upgrading the Basics

Community Service (text/photos by Tono Valdés M.) – Rotary International spearheads improvement projects in Sumpango’s elementary schools. Guatemala’s Sur Rotary Club has taken on several projects of great benefit to communities throughout Guatemala. Under a new model called Future Vision, Rotary International has concentrated its efforts in the town of Sumpango, aiming to create a […]

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The Tax Corner

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Tax Corner

by John Ohe (IRS Enrolled Agent). This month, we discuss two topics: U.S. tax implications involving a foreign spouse; and the best way to file a tax return extension. Question: Should I include my foreign spouse on my U.S. tax return? To the IRS, a spouse is usually considered foreign when he or she is […]

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Antigua Mermaids

| May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Antigua Mermaids

There are many “hidden” mermaids throughout town, can you find them? The most famous mermaids are those on the Fountain of the Mermaids in the Central Park originally built by Diego de Porres in 1739, inspired from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna, Italy. As reported by Dr. Miguel Torres in his recent research on […]

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Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

Community Service. text/photo by Benjamin Reeves. Doctor Hunter Dogherty “Patch” Adams in the house There are few phrases more depressing to hear than, “AIDS orphanage.” Yet the Hospicio de San José in Santa Lucía Milpas Altas is anything but a place of sadness, although it is the home for many acutely ill children and adults. […]

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REVUE’s June 2014 Photo Contest: Trees of Guatemala

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
REVUE’s June 2014 Photo Contest: Trees of Guatemala

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for JUNE 2014 with the theme TREES OF GUATEMALA; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo without watermarks, with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. + We will only accept high resolution photographs without watermarks. + Submissions entered by the […]

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Protecting the Orchids of Guatemala

| April 30, 2014 | 4 Comments
Protecting the Orchids of Guatemala

“ …deforestation is a major threat to the unique animal and plant life that
inhabit these areas.”

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Savoring Cuaresma

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Savoring Cuaresma

(Recipe for Pescado en Escabeche) by Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard  AmaliaLLC.com Lent (Cuaresma), the time leading up to Holy Week and Easter, is celebrated by about 1.2 billion Christians worldwide. In Guatemala around 60 percent of the population, or 8.2 million Roman Catholics, observe it in a very solemn manner. This is especially so in La […]

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House Sitting

| April 8, 2014 | 5 Comments
House Sitting

How to get a house sitting gig in Antigua or anywhere by Akaisha and Billy Kaderli Those of us who live in La Antigua Guatemala know its splendid offerings: photo opportunities everywhere, Mayan culture, great weather, international restaurants, music, amicable residents and natural beauty. Still, on occasion one might want to go to the beach […]

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Education First

| April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
Education First

A Safe Passage for Children in Guatemala City’s Basurero Neigborhood by Benjamin Reeves Guatemala City’s zona 3 includes the basurero, the city’s dump. Though there is no official census, an estimated 7,000 people, which according to local residents includes approximately 1,000 children, work in the basurero picking through trash to find plastic and metal that […]

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Discovering Passion in Guatemala

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Discovering Passion in Guatemala

  by Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa Passion! A word that evokes many differing images with diverse expressions of the experience. April is the month in Guatemala where passion ignites its richness with a cacophony of events, emotions and experiences that are here for you to discover. When we live from our passion we […]

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Lent and Semana Santa

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Lent and Semana Santa

Antigua recently surpassed Seville, Spain as having the largest Easter Week celebration in the world today! In 1524 the conquerors had barely set foot in Guatemala when they introduced their traditions for Lent and Semana Santa from Seville, Spain. These have evolved over the centuries and Antigua recently surpassed Seville as having the largest celebration […]

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Explore More and Go Deeper [part 2]

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Explore More and Go Deeper [part 2]

Welcome back to my final five recommendations for deep travel adventures. Take advantage of the dry season and sunny skies to get out and explore. The reward for seeing and experiencing incredible locations that most will miss will be worth it!

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La Camioneta, The journey of one American school bus

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
La Camioneta, The journey of one American school bus

by Shannon McCullough Anyone living in or visiting Guatemala knows that the majority of camionetas are converted U.S. school buses. While traveling through Guatemala as part of his Latin American studies, filmmaker Mark Kendall became intrigued with the transformation process after having a conversation with a camioneta driver. It was in that moment he became […]

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Hugo González Ayala, Grandes Ideas y Pequeños Formatos

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hugo González Ayala, Grandes Ideas y Pequeños Formatos

by Linda Conard As you approach the landscapes of Hugo González Ayala, you may feel enveloped by the streets of La Antigua Guatemala or the Highland countryside, but it is more of a gentle embrace than entrapment. Hard lines in street scenes curve inward yet remain in perfect perspective, so the viewer almost feels more […]

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