On Mother’s Day Sharing is Caring

On Mother's Day Sharing is Caring

Mother’s Day in Guatemala and a few other Central American countries is always on May 10 as opposed to different days in other countries. It is an ancient Christian celebration also celebrated by the Greeks and Romans. In modern times, this day celebrates all women who have played the role of a nurturing and good role model for any child […]

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Revue Magazine May 2019

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE MAY 2019 ISSUE OF REVUE With over 8,000 plant species identified in Guatemala, you’re going to see a few flowers around the country. This month our photo contest theme is “Flowers of Guatemala” and as you flip through the photographs on these pages, you will see a great cross-section of representatives. A special thanks to […]

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Flowers of Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest May 2019

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There was no shortage of subjects for this month’s Photo Contest “Flowers of Guatemala.” Here are the results in both categories, Popular Vote (most “likes”) and Winners by Editorial Decision. The sponsor of our monthly photo contests Antigua Hotel Solutions is awarding to the winning photographer of 1st Place by Editorial Decision a FREE NIGHT FOR 2 at the Hotel Posada Don Valentino in La […]

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A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala by Deborah Chandler

A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala

The vibrant character of Guatemala is most visible in its hadwoven textiles, which are still in everyday use and readily available in native markets all over the country. Review: Huipils, Guatemala, Luck, and Love by Karen Brock A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala is an excellent resource for discovering artisans, markets, shops, and those storied regional textile traditions. A Textile […]

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BOOK ALERT Maya Gods & Monsters

BOOK ALERT Maya Gods & Monsters

Maya Gods & Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the Underworld and Beyond Lidar image technology and a series of National Geographic specials have introduced a growing number of people to the ancient Maya civilization. This book invites in even more readers into the worldview and the mystical realm that reflect the heart of the Maya people. Through captivating stories and exotic […]

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Revue Magazine April 2019

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF REVUE We’re hoping that April brings spring showers but please not during Semana Santa. This year the Revue Semana Santa edition includes Women Hermandades, the sisterhood from Escuela de Cristo by Hada Cruz. As well, there are six procession maps we hope you find useful plus fabulous photos of past processions […]

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Volcanoes of Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest March 2019

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Volcanoes of Guatemala as a theme for our monthly Photo Contest brought in so many wonderful submissions it was an extremely difficult decision for the editorial board to come up with the winners of that category. We welcome a generous new sponsor of our monthly photo contests Antigua Hotel Solutions is awarding to the winning photographer of 1st Place by […]

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REVUE Magazine September 2018

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CLICK HERE TO READ the September issue of Revue. We have had several Revue readers ask us, “Now that Revue is digital, has your work load gotten easier?” The short answer (without complaint) is, “No.” After 26 years we continue to carry out our original mission statement of promoting the best of Guatemala. We are still publishing informative and entertaining […]

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Workshop Sculpting a Religious Image Colonial Style

Workshop Sculpting a Religious Image Colonial Style

Article by Hadazul Cruz—artist and student at CREA, outlining the Talla en Madera (wood carving) workshop, and the following Encarnado (polychrome) workshop. When the Spaniards arrived in Guatemala in 1524 they brought religion, arts, and culture with them. Since they didn’t speak native languages a simple way to evangelize the local population was through art. Thus, talented sculptors, painters, and […]

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FOR SALE A quiet oasis of comfort and style

FOR SALE A quiet oasis of comfort and style

One of Antigua’s spectacular and luxurious homes is now for sale Less than a 10-minute walk to central Antigua, this home – located in a beautiful, secure gated community – boasts amazing amenities like a heated lap pool and Jacuzzi, separate living and culinary areas and electricity-saving solar panels. Click here for more information A quiet oasis of comfort and […]

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FOR SALE One of Antigua’s Spectacular Homes

FOR SALE

Boasting one of the most beautiful views in all of Antigua, this ‘Colonial Gem’ is not going to be on the market for long  Click here for more info The home’s most special features include: Outdoor Living—the wide porch for both eating and sitting looks over a 20-meter long lap pool, a lovely garden, and stunning view of Antigua’s Agua Volcano. […]

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Life after Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

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From the roof of the house where I am staying I can see two volcanoes — Agua and Fuego (side by side with the inert volcano Acatenango). They are the giants that dominate the local landscape, and often seen in picture-perfect postcard images, especially the dormant Agua, located approximately 3 to 6 miles from the city of La Antigua Guatemala. On June […]

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Slow Photography in Guatemala

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The Art of Wet Plate an Interview with Jorge Luis Chavarría about slow photography. “To be an artist, you need perspective to see more, to question more, reflect more, so that you can generate more.” — Luis Chavarría Breathe. Adjust the light. A little more to the right. Yes, just so. Now, look at the camera. Freeze. Hold … hold … hold. […]

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In the Kingdom of Mescal

In the Kingdom of Mescal

The Making of “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian Fairy-Tale for Adults” I discovered “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian fairy-tale for adults” among items my parents had left me. A colorful, mystical figure holding the hand of a small boy dominated the front cover. On the inside cover was an inscription from my wife’s Guatemalan/German friends, who had […]

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Velaciones, Processions and Semana Santa Calendar

Velaciones, Processions and Semana Santa Calendar

Here is a listing of the most prominent Processions, Velaciones (Holy Vigils) and Activities during Lent and Semana Santa in Antigua. Friday March 2 9am-11pm Velación Jesús Nazareno (Jocotenango Church-Jocotenango, Sac.) Saturday March 3 12pm Children’s Procession Replicas of Jesús Nazareno & Virgen de Dolores (Santa Ana Church, La Antigua) Sunday March 4 9am Procession Jesús Nazareno & Virgen de Dolores (Jocotenango, Sac.) […]

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A Coin Collector in Guatemala

A Coin Collector in Guatemala

I’m a coin collector, you’re a coin collector. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re all coin collectors. Is there one among us, who upon receiving something different in change, doesn’t toss it in a dresser drawer for keeps? Guatemala is paradise for coin collectors and Banco Industrial has opened a gate to this paradise through a small but well-curated coin […]

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The Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Perfect Holiday Turkey

Turkey is quite possibly the most delicious main dish of the holiday kitchen. In the United States, it is consumed year-round in sandwiches and other preparations and it reaches a higher status at the Thanksgiving table. In Guatemala, turkey is the key ingredient of Kack Ik, a Mayan stew from the region of Coban, and of festive meals during the […]

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December Celebrations Virgin of the Conception

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After Burning the Devil festivities throughout Guatemala on December 7, Christmas celebrations begin the following day with processions for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. This is definitely one of the most popular traditions in the country. The devotion of the virgin dates to the 1500s in Guatemala, while the “Rezado (procession) de la Inmaculada Concepción de San Francisco” in […]

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Falling for Squash in Guatemala

Falling for Squash in Guatemala

I grew up eating squash in Guatemala and learned to appreciate the local varieties because they are part of many preparations, from soups and stews to candied styles. Cooking with squash is easy, as the fruit lends itself to many preparations from savory and sour, to sweet. Squash is available year-round in the U.S., but I love fall harvest season […]

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Handel’s Messiah Concert

Handel’s Messiah Concert

While composing Messiah, Handel is said to have remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whether by divine inspiration or unbridled passion, George Frideric Handel crafted Messiah, his greatest oratorio, in a mere three to four weeks between August and September in 1741. “He would literally write from morning to night,” […]

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Guatemala’s National Pediatric Oncology Unit

Guatemala's National Pediatric Oncology Unit

The only public Pediatric Oncology hospital in Guatemala specializing in treating pediatric cancer. I only crossed paths with 9-year-old Litzy Lorena Hernández for a few minutes, but the mark she left on me was significant and enduring. Litzy was sitting in a lounge at the National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP) in Guatemala City waiting for a social program to begin. I […]

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Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Communing with Guatemalan Highland Bird Species. I traveled to Santiago Atitlán, a settlement at the feet of the imposing San Pedro and Tolimán volcanoes, and got in touch with the local guide and collaborator of Birding Expeditions Guatemala, Cruz Chikibal. He would help me look for two Highland bird species, the regional endemic wine-throated hummingbird and the endangered horned guan, […]

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Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

The Industrial Revolution’s Latest Conquest. This is not the end of traditional Mayan weaving, but it is having a huge impact. Beautiful huipil, isn’t it? It’s the current style, one of them. In some parts of Guatemala, monochromatics are the moda, so this would likely be worn with a multi-green skirt if the woman is from one of those areas. (In […]

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Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context by June Carolyn Erlick

Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context

“A delightful, thoroughly researched and enlightening account of what is perhaps Latin America’s most important cultural phenomenon, the Telenovela.” —Alma Guillermoprieto, writer for The New York Review of Books and the author of A Heart That Bleeds. Who doesn’t enjoy a steamy romance? Add to that a dose of drama or hint of betrayal and you have all the makings of […]

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ARCAS Guatemala

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Overflowing with wildlife, ARCAS asks for help. Established in 1989 to rescue wild birds and animals, especially endangered species, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (known as ARCAS, its Spanish acronym) has grown into one of the most complete rescue centers in the world. Receiving hundreds of animals each year at its three sites in Guatemala, ARCAS also faces a […]

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