Guatemala City—The Young Capital

A late bloomer of Latin America written by David Jickling Among Latin American capitals, Guatemala City is a later comer. Most of the major cities of Spanish America were founded in the 16th century, within a hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish. In contrast, Guatemala City was established at the end of the 18th century after the destruction […]

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Nostalgia Guatemalteca

D’Buk es una editorial conformada por un grupo de empresarios jóvenes especializados en áreas como la fotografía, productos de consumo, marketing, publicidad y promociones. La editorial está conformada por José Luis Samayoa, Otto Wolff y un staff de profesionales de la industria editorial. El libro “Nostalgia Guatemalteca” es el proyecto más reciente de la editorial. Consiste en un exhaustivo trabajo […]

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Postcards from the Park

text/photos by Melba Milak The city of La Antigua Guatemala is laid out in a simple grid: seven avenues running north and south and 10 streets going east and west. In the center of town is a park (Plaza Mayor), the heart and soul of the whole area. The atmosphere in the park is carefree and carnival-like. When visiting Antigua, […]

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Anonymous donor makes big pledge to support Hospitalito Atitlán

Since the devastating mudslides of 2005, a small hospital in Santiago Atitlán has been struggling to serve the community. In the four years since Hospitalito Atitlán opened, it has filled a great need with a 24-hour emergency room, X-ray, lab and clinics. The hospital board has been hard at work to build a new, permanent hospital, which is slowly taking […]

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This year’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction broke price records

This year’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence auction broke price records — and touched hearts with a humanitarian gesture. The auction, which took place last month, ended with the surprising announcement that the buyers from one of the 33 winning lots were donating the projected profits to Ricardo Espitia, Executive Director of the Salvadoran Coffee Council who had suffered a […]

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Project Partner for Surgery

One out of 10 rural Guatemalans suffers from a physical condition or disability that can be surgically cured. However, only 11 percent of Guatemalans have access to surgical care. Maya Indian populations face daunting barriers to treatment, including fear of hospitals and lack of information, Spanish language skills and financial resources.

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Artisty in Wood

Woodcarvers Oscar Geovani and Eduardo Reyes create an intricate headboard

text and photos by Ira Lewis Woodcarving in Guatemala Guatemala is fortunate to have a long, rich history of artisan/artists working in many media going back to pre-Colonial times. Most of the ancient sculpted art is seen as carved stone. However, some of the less-durable carvings in wood from this era still survive. We are fortunate that in this plastic, […]

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Night of the Fire Balls

written by Brent Holmes photos: Winston Scott Festival of the Patron Saint San Antonio Senahú, Alta Verapaz Pretty wild stuff it was that December night of fireballs at the festival of the Patron Saint San Antonio, Senahú. The game is kind of like “dodge ball” except the balls are on fire, like a couple of street gangs facing off, throwing […]

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Plants of the Montane Forests

written by Ana Lucrecia de MacVean Plantas de los Bosques Montanos Guatemala Ana Lucrecia de MacVean is a botanist, teacher and curator of the Herbarium UVAL, Institute of Research at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. She has been collecting, identifying and studying plants in Guatemala for more than 15 years, and in doing so developed a geo-referencing and digitizing […]

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Ode To Old

Truper

written by Martin Leadbitter Tales from Hound Heights AWARE no-kill animal sanctuary Sumpango, Guatemala I was in the hills along the Thai-Burmese border, planting rice and appeasing the gods. A movement jarred me from my book, and there was Moisey, struggling to stand from his bed in front of the fire. Something about the exquisitely sensual dance of the rice […]

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Patricia R. Cornell

Patricia Rainsford Cornell

Patricia Rainsford Cornell, 83, a resident of La Antigua Guatemala and Cape May Point, N.J., passed away on April 28 of cancer. Over the last 15 years, Pat lived much of the year in La Antigua, where she taught English to Guatemalans, volunteered at the library, and helped with many other activities. Pat grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pa. During […]

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Sonsonate – From the land of coconuts to the coffee kingdom

El Salvador is set to impress the world again with its seventh annual “Cup of Excellence” program, thanks to an exquisite selection of 33 coffees that obtained this award after a long screening process through cupping sessions. The maximum award this year was engaged by a farm grown with Pacamara variety, an exotic coffee varietal from El Salvador. Nicknamed “El […]

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Project Ix-canaan

written by Maraya Loza-Koxahn Project Ix-canaan was established in 1995 by Canadian Anne Lossing and Guatemalan doctor Enrique Chapetón in El Remate near Lake Petén Itzá. Her dream to live in a hot climate and a vision of world peace led Anne to the jungle, where she met a man with a complementary vision. Together they continue to create better […]

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CasaSito

Rainwater catchment tank construction program

CasaSito Association is an NGO based in Antigua that works to improve access to education and create development partnerships. We are small but our focused efforts strive to make a significant impact in the communities we serve, which are usually remote. Our public face in Antigua is the CasaSito Volunteers’ House at 7a av. norte #51. Our long-term project is […]

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La Gente Kuna

Sovereign Indigenous of Coastal Panamá Reception, slideshow, lecture Saturday, May 23, 7pm
El Sitio Cultural Center, La Antigua. The Kuna people of the Caribbean coast of Panama have one of the greatest degrees of political autonomy of any indigenous group in Latin America. Their success results from their remarkable tenacity and zealous efforts to preserve a traditional way of life. An […]

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Celebrating the Month of Museums in Guatemala

By agreement of the International Council of Museums XII at its general meeting in Moscow, Russia, the International Day of Museums is now celebrated all around the world on May 18. Museums provide valuable cultural interchanges and enrichment, and every year there are spectacular events and special expositions that highlight the originality of each and every member of ICOM (Consejo […]

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Comalapa Naïve

Oscar Perén with some of his paintings in his gallery

written by Dianne Carafino “The Florence of Guatemala” was once posted on a sign at the entrance of San Juan Comalapa. Regardless of such a welcome, Comalapa —an easy hour or so drive from La Antigua Guatemala—could hardly look less like Florence, Italy. Nestled among pine trees and cornfields in the scenic mountainous Western Highlands of the Department of Chimaltenango, […]

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Anecho

Anecho Offices

written by Betsy Cerezo Antigua’s educational cultural home office, Anecho, is Dorotea’s brainstorming gathering place. “I wanted to create a center for a variety of cultural organizations,” Dorotea says. “It’s an experimental project for the English-speaking community. I’m committed to a one-year sponsorship.” Located in picturesque Casa Convento Concepción at the end of 4a calle oriente #41 in La Antigua […]

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Museo de Arte Guatemalteco Primitivo – Contemporáneo

text and photos by Dianne Carofino   Interested in Guatemala’s primitive art and artists but unable to search out the artists themselves? Try a one-block walk up 4a calle from La Antigua’s central park, to the Museo de Arte Guatemalteco Primitivo – Contemporáneo. With May 18 designated as the Day of Museums by the International Council of Museums, there can […]

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May 2009 in Revue Magazine

Wildlife conservationist Thor Janson (page 12) www.bushmanollie.com

Welcome to the May edition of Revue. Our cover story, written by Jack Houston, is Thor Janson, wildlife conservationist, environmentalist, educator, adventurer, photographer extraordanaire, and author of 16 photography books—many from his years exploring the jungles of El Petén. His two most recent books are La Antigua Guatemala and In the Land of Green Lightning.

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Holy Week in Quetzaltenango

Procesión Catedral, Quetzaltenango 2008 (photo: Harry Díaz/www.flickr.com/harrydiaz)

Colorful and solemn processions will traverse many streets in Central America during Semana Santa (Holy Week) with La Antigua Guatemala’s commemoration of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection among the most elaborate in the World. Each church has its own procession featuring a massive float (anda) carried on the shoulders of as many as 80 colorfully-robed church members (cucuruchos). Residents meticulously arrange […]

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Aconcagua Expedition 2009

Vinicio and Manuel Álvarez fly Guatemala’s colors on the summit of Monte Aconcagua

written by Kathy Nuñez Töpke A team of four Antigüeños and one Quetzalteco recently embarked on a journey to climb Aconcagua (Argentina), the highest mountain peak in the Americas, at 6,962 meters above sea level. The team members were: Manuela Rosales, Omar Salomón Soto, Manuel Álvarez, Vinicio Álvarez (guide) all from La Antigua, and Manuel Mejía from Quetzaltenango. On Wednesday, […]

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FOTOKIDS, Guatemala

Meeting the Dalai Lama

Fotokids breaks the cycle of poverty afflicting Guatemalan youth using photography, graphic design and media technology as a voice for disenfranchised youth to examine their lives, families, communities and environment. Participants from some of the poorest barrios learn employable skills opening new opportunities, promoting self-esteem; leadership; critical thinking; and desire for continued education. Students receive traditional educational scholarships and our […]

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Open Windows

Open Windows Kids Meet Up

Try to imagine schools without books. Then imagine an organization that works with schools and families not only to provide books, but learning opportunities for children and parents. Open Windows (Ventanas Abiertas) operates a much-needed library and educational enrichment center with a computer lab in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala. In less than seven years Open Windows has grown from 20 registered children to over […]

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Museo de Santiago

Entry hall of the Museo de Santiago, a large bust of Pedro de Alvarado looks down on two 18th century howitzers; behind are six-gauge wall guns.

text and photos by Ira Lewis The Museo de Santiago de los Caballeros in La Antigua Guatemala is a must see. It’s among several museums and many churches and ruins in La Antigua, but most people miss it, even though it is located right on the fringe of Central Park. Although under-funded and in need of some upkeep, the museum […]

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Nazarenos de Guatemala

Cover from Nazarenos de Guatemala by José Carlos Flores

written by José Carlos Flores L. This beautifully-crafted collector’s book features a 180 page, full-color photographic collection of Guatemalan figures of Jesus Christ. Measuring 13×13, it is cloth bound and printed in Guatemala City by Print Studio. “This book attempts through the various photographs to carry our faith to the hearts of Guatemalans who live here as well as those […]

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