Voca People at Festival Internacional de Cultura Paiz

They are out of this world! This month the XII Festival Internacional de Cultura Paiz—La Nueva Era features VocaPeople who will be performing in La Antigua Guatemala on Sat., Feb. 2 and Sun., Feb. 3, both performances at 7 p.m., La Ermita de la Santa Cruz. Following is an offbeat interview with Lior Kalfo, creator and director of VocaPeople: Tell […]

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Fair Trade Christmas Gifts

by Julie Potvin Lajoie From Dec. 7 to Dec. 9 the third edition of the Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario will be held in La Antigua Guatemala. Within the walls of the Centro de Formación y de la Cooperación Española, more than 30 groups of artisans, skilled in everything from textile and agricultural products to woodwork and crafts, […]

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Baskets of Love

Sending holiday cheer and warm wishes this Navidad season with culinary delights The holidays are a time for family and loved ones; it’s a time to take a few moments, sit around a table, preferably sans iPhones, with a glass of wine or hot spirits, chatting about the events of the year past and exciting times for the coming year. […]

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Cardiology Procedures in Guatemala

Regulating the electrical rhythm of your heart by Lori Shea Just like the kitchen is the heartbeat of your home, the blood pumped from your heart muscle delivers sustenance, stability and the elements of reconstruction to all parts of your body. Your cardiovascular system draws life-giving oxygen from the lungs and delivers it to the brain and organs in a […]

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Q & A with Dr. Marion Popenoe Hatch

Parque Nacional Tak’alik Ab’aj by Tomas Cernikovsky Parque Nacional Tak’alik Ab’aj (TA), a Mayan site on the South Coast of Guatemala, is unusual in two ways. It is the only site in the Mayan world that displays both Olmec and Mayan monuments concurrently and it has been continuously under exploration by Guatemalan archaeologists. At a well-reported press conference in October, […]

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Revue Gift Giving Guide 2012

by Revue Elves It’s always a slugfest to the end—holiday shopping. You know it—your list is longer than that of Mr. Claus and inevitably, there’s never enough time to buy everyone the perfect gift for Christmas morning. But this year, your legwork is done and suggestions abound from experts at some of the best stores in La Antigua Guatemala. Armed […]

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Catch-and-Release

Roatan’s Annual Fishing Tournament by Monish Welcome After 13 years, Roatan’s Annual International Fishing Tournament keeps getting better. With more competitors and sponsors than last year, the Sept. 13-16 event coincided with celebrations of Honduran independence, making for a busy, festive week on the island of Roatan, the largest of the Honduran Bay Islands. The event began Thursday night with […]

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Annona

A great way to improve your diet and health Many species of the family Annonaceae (custard-apple family), for example the soursop, cherimoya and sugar apple seeds, constitute significant sources of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates and can therefore be used in food and feed, and offer relevant antioxidant activity of phenolic compounds. The oil in the seeds are a good source […]

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The Doors of Antigua Guatemala

Entrance to La Merced Monastery, one of the few original doors of Antigua  (César Tián / www.revue.gt)

Visitors usually are not aware that we are welcome inside any open door in Antigua. Well, that is if both doors are open. Door etiquette has it that if one part of the door is open, that is not considered “open doors” (peek but do not enter), but if both sides of the door are open, we are welcome to explore behind the walls.

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Works by Clemens Luhmann at Mesón Panza Verde

Works by Clemens Luhmann at Mesón Panza Verde by Nelo Mijangos

The artist Clemens Luhmann begins this exhibition with the text, “The meeting of randomness with intent… that’s the present moment.” The artist, from Germany and living in Guatemala since a long time ago, shows us a series full of color and lines that stimulate our creativity and imagination to go beyond his strokes. El artista Clemens Luhmann inicia esta obra […]

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Birds in the Mayan civilization: The Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata or spectacled owl, La Aurora Zoo, Guatemala (Photo by Sofía Monzón)

Written by. Dr.Nicholas M. Hellmuth, Daniela Da’Costa, Ilena García Birds have played an important part in the life and culture of ancient civilizations. Between A.D. 300 and A.D. 600, owls were occasionally featured in the murals and vase paintings of Teotihuacán, Mexico. Some owl eye rings are good replicas of the round “goggles” of the Teotihuacán deity Tlaloc. Mayan art, […]

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Latest Discovery At Xultún

The Xultún find is the first place that all of the cycles have been found tied mathematically together in one place, representing a calendar that stretches more than 7,000 years into the future. —BBC News reports Written by. Annabella Cifuentes. The ancient Mayan megacity of Xultún (200-900 AD) is the site of the latest and greatest discovery by archaeologists—the oldest-known […]

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Star Treatment for Your Eyes

Drs. José and Dalia de Golcher and staff

Written by. Natalie Rose The Centro Visual G&G transforms the eye-care experience with the latest equipment, new services, and a soothing bedside manner. Walking into the new offices of Centro Visual G&G is like walking into a relaxing spa where you would go to be pampered, not to have your eye-care needs met. The distinctive eye-care facility was in the […]

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Gert Rosenthal

Guatemala’s ambassador to the United Nations this month assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council. In 2011, Guatemala was selected for a two-year, rotating term in the Security Council (Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013). Guatemala was unanimously supported for this role, and many UN officials saw this as recognition of Ambassador Rosenthal as among the most respected […]

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Buying Medical Care vs. Buying Medical Insurance

Written by. Lori Shea Maintaining healthy bodies and minds is a serious responsibility that requires careful consideration in both our daily lifestyle choices and our long-term financial decisions. We exercise and eat well, drive safely and pay for our health insurance every month. But medical expenses are increasing at 8-20 percent per year while our incomes are not, and the […]

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In Search of the Big Pez Vela

Text/photos by Tara Tiedemann

Guatemala holds many secret treasures that aren’t apparent at first sight, and it is always a treat as gem after gem is unveiled with the more time you spend here. One special discovery is the large underwater canyon called “The Pocket,” located just off the Pacific Coast. With strong ever-changing currents and a healthy supply of nutrients, predator fish, such […]

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Parlama Sport Fishing

by Natalie Rose

Written by. Natalie Rose Dennis Wheeler recounts 40+ years of fishing and fleets How Parlama owner Dennis Wheeler came to own his first boat is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not often heard of. He had just returned from a successful fishing trip off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala with a fellow enthusiast, and they were discussing the possibility of Wheeler buying […]

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Dragon Fruit, the Nighttime Fragrance

By Dr. Nicholas M. Hellmuth

Pitayas are one of the climbing cactaceas, named after its habit to use trees as a physical support. Pitaya (pitahaya) is a night-blooming epiphytic cactus, which is common throughout Guatemala and surrounding countries. Many hotels in La Antigua Guatemala and around Lake Atitlán, El Remate and Tikal have pitaya and/or their relatives blooming over the summer. For example, hundreds of […]

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SMILE Dental Care in Guatemala

Dr. Oliva and Lilah’s new smile.

Written By Lori Shea. In recent years, Guatemala has become known as a first-class destination for those seeking high-quality, affordable dental care. In North America and Europe, families are concerned with the high cost of dental procedures. Thanks to instantly accessible internet resources, they can save thousands of dollars by taking advantage of medical and dental options in Central America. […]

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Equal Day Equal Night

From “Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among  the People of the Rainforest” by Mary Jo McConahay

Written By. Mary Jo McConohay IN THE BEGINNING, THE EARTH WE KNOW slept under watery darkness, like the view before dawn from the island of Flores. Standing on the balcony of my hotel, I saw the Petén sky rippling down to the horizon on all sides. The lake slept, however, unmoving as the firmament. Still lake, rippling sky. This brought […]

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A Cangrejear, Let’s Go Crabbing

By Tara Tiedemann

It’s the beginning of the rainy season and I’m relaxing in a hammock at my favorite little beachside haunt on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. A couple of friends are sitting nearby. We’re just hanging out and talking when someone mentions something about crabs. Crabs being one of my favorite seafood delights, I perk up. “Crabs, where? What kind of […]

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Outdoor Education

text/photos by Axel Aburez  Balambe@balambe.com

Written by. Axel Aburez Antigua’s team-building workshops add fun and adventure To walk on a steel cable strung among treetops 10 meters high was the challenge for the day. The adrenaline, the spirit of “I can” and the stunning view of the Panchoy Valley were elements of the event held by CasaSito and its allied organizations to strengthen relations among […]

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What’s the canícula in Guatemala?

Canícula days around Antigua Guatemala (photo by Rudy A. Giron)

Guatemala’s rainy season is roughly from May 15—Oct. 15 with a break in July/August called the canícula. Beginning with the cabañuelas (the first 12 days of the year – each day representing the weather for that month), predictions are made as to when the canícula will fall. According to the Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meterología e Hidrología de Guatemala […]

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Guatemala launches Central America’s first Braille newspaper

Guatemala launches Central America’s first Braille newspaper (photo Anna-Claire Bevan)

“You don’t need to see to be able to read” was the message Publinews Guatemala sent to the world last month when it launched Central America’s first Braille newspaper. Together with the Committee for Blind and Deaf People in Guatemala (Prociegos), Publinews produced 2,500 copies, which were distributed to visually impaired people throughout the country. The project, which is financed […]

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José Alejos Magical Creatures

Photos by Silvia Asturias and Natalie Martín

Written by. Maru Luarca. “These magic creatures are my connection to a meaningful life.” The heat and the orange-colored dust on my windshield were signs that I was getting close to Hacienda El Jabalín, a beautiful property in southern Guatemala. I came to meet José Alejos, the tough but smiling cowboy, who would be demonstrating how he works with young […]

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Becoming a Guatemalan Citizen

Portrait of Elizabeth Bell

During the 43 years that I have lived in Antigua, I have co-founded and participated in many committees, associations and foundations to improve the quality of life for our residents. Ranging today from education to micro-credit and promoting cultural activities, many of these meetings usually relate to finding solutions to problems that we have identified over the years. Four-plus years […]

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Who are some of Guatemala’s most inspiring men?

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I wrote about a similar topic for women for May (Mother’s Day) and thought the gender issue might apply here toward men. Two men—perhaps more than others—have influenced my efforts toward the preservation and positive development of La Antigua Guatemala since 1969. Mario Antonio Sandoval is one of Guatemala’s best-known journalists. He became a great friend in 1978 when we […]

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Studying Spanish In Xela

Luna de Xelajú  (harry díaz, www.flickr.com/ photos/harrydiaz)

My teacher yanked my homework away from me and began furiously marking it up. “This is ugly. You write bad.” Normally, this sort of treatment would lead to a verklempt Skype call to mom. In this case, my “teacher” was 8 years old, and I was welcoming the abuse. During Semana Santa, I became one of the thousands of international […]

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Orthopedic Care in Guatemala

With no conscious effort at all, our bones and joints and muscles engage as one miraculous mechanical unit. They propel us forward, as intended, with perfectly syncopated balance and strength. That is, until the pain starts. Sometimes it’s a dull ache in the hips or a “slippery,” unstable feeling in the knees that gives you concern. Ibuprophen and other anti-inflammatories […]

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