Pyrotechnics

You discovered how Guatemalans enjoy pyrotechnics the first morning you awoke before dawn to strings of pops and loud booms. Nothing serious happening, just friends celebrating a birthday or anniversary. That evening you may see fireworks from next door or across town, from a fiesta, concert, or just having fun. Fireworks are for any old day, not just for independence. […]

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Just Another Day in Paradise

Whether sun, wind, rain or clouds embrace the mountains, one thing is always certain—in Guatemala, it’s just another day in paradise. Guatemala has many contrasts and cultural paradoxes. These contrasts are part of the journey of discovery. Whether you live here, or you’re on vacation, on a mission, a potential relocation or simply passing through, the discoveries that are yours […]

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Roses in Guatemala Part II

Now that you’ve planted those roses, which flourish so vigorously in Guatemala, what do you do with them? I once started an article for a Guatemalan newspaper with the comment that it’s hard to kill a rose here. The editor took that comment out with a rebuke, “That’s not what the readers want!” But roses are hardy, especially in Guatemala’s […]

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The Building of a Remarkable Colonial Capital

Antigua’s architecture is remarkable. The capital, known as Santiago de Guatemala, was founded by the Spanish (1541) in what was then a remote valley, after the previous capital was inundated by floods and mudslides. Water, climate and fertile soil were the main factors in deciding its new location. In 1543, shortly after celebrating the first city council meeting, there was […]

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July 2013 in Revue Magazine

Happy July to one and all. Fun things are happening this month. The patron saint of La Antigua, Santiago Apóstol (St. James), is honored all month long. A highlight of the many festivities is the fourth annual Gastronomic Festival. You can find details on that and other celebrations in the DateBook starting on page 22. You will also encounter other […]

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Growing Roses in Guatemala

Guatemala is a major exporter of roses to the United States and Europe. The epicenter of rose production used to be La Antigua Guatemala, but rising real estate prices have pushed it far afield, especially since hothouse construction has never been so easy and inexpensive. Step one is to dig a hole, leaving ample depth and sides. Digging a hole […]

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Rigoberta Menchú, Changing the World

When a Guatemalan indigenous woman stepped forward to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992, a light was momentarily cast upon indigenous people throughout the world. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, who was living in self-imposed exile at the time, was awarded the prestigious accolade in recognition of her work: highlighting the exploitation and persecution of the country’s indigenous people during its […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, July 2013

Ganadores por decisión de los jueces del equipo editorial / Winners by editorial decision Ganadores por voto popular en Facebook / Winners by popular votes in Facebook Todas las fotografías participantes / All the photos participating Agradecemos a todos lo que participaron con una fotografía en nuestro concurso fotográfico. We thank all the people participating in our photo contest.

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Time Capsule: 2013 – 2065

A sealed container to be opened in 52 years A time capsule that was inspired by the ancient Maya has been installed by cultural officials in Guatemala City to show the country’s future generations what life was like in 2013. Messages, cards, articles from the present day and predictions for tomorrow were deposited into the container, which will be opened […]

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Honduras Cuisine

by Monish Welcome From corn to the most delicious refried beans in Central America, Honduran food is typically described as a regional variation of what is known around the world as Mexican food. This is due to the common cultural heritage of Mesoamerica during pre-Columbian times. For flavorings, Honduran cooks rely heavily on spices such as cumin, curry, allspice, and […]

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What system is used for property measurements in Guatemala?

A common question I receive is about property measurements, probably expecting the short answer as whether we use feet (imperial system) or meters (metric system). No easy answers here. When the Spanish came in 1524, European measurements were based on Marcus Vitruvius’ (80-70 BC—15 AD) “De Architectura,” known today as the “Ten Books of Architecture.” According to Vitruvius, architecture is […]

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June 2013 in Revue Magazine

The submissions for the June Revue photo contest, Rivers and Lakes, are spectacular. They bring to mind the beauty of nature in Guatemala; water, a life-giving potion, without it there would be no survivors. There is a renewed love and appreciation of nature when you look at photographs that beckon you to the outdoors; pictures that take your breath away […]

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I Exposición Nacional de Orquídeas

I Exposición Nacional de Orquídeas by Rudy Girón

La Asociación de Orquideología de La Antigua Guatemala AOLAG, presenta su I Exposición Nacional de Orquídeas, del 29 de mayo al 2 de junio en Museo de Arte Colonial, ubicado en la 5ta. Calle Oriente No. 5 de La Antigua Guatemala. . A partir del 30 de mayo al 2 de junio la exposición estará abierta en el horario de […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, June 2013

Ganadores por decisión de los jueces del equipo editorial / Winners by editorial decision Ganadores por voto popular en Facebook / Winners by popular votes in Facebook Todas las fotografías participantes / All the photos participating Agradecemos a todos lo que participaron con una fotografía en nuestro concurso fotográfico. We thank all the people participating in our photo contest.

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Canopy Circo del Aire abre Santo Domingo del Cerro

El Canopy Canopy Circo del Aire en Santo Domingo del Cerro es una atracción de tirolesas primera en su tipo y escala en la ciudad de La Antigua Guatemala. Permite que clientes de todas las edades se desplacen por cables sintiendo como que se deslizan por el aire de árbol en árbol en una red de plataformas de acero inoxidable. […]

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A “New” Mayor for Antigua Guatemala

Former City Council member, Edgar Ruiz, gets the official green light to move the town forward. It’s official! Edgar Ruiz, who was a City Council member, was approved by Guatemala’s Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE), as interim mayor on March 20. He had been acting mayor since Sept. 17, 2012 and, with his new official title, will have more of a […]

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Balsam of Peru

They’re in bloom now, and the sweet but spicy aroma is easy to recognize a block away. Beautiful specimens of this tall tree are in many parks throughout the country, the purple blossoms hanging from the rich green branches. They’re not from Peru, but Guatemala, though this handsome tree—officially Myroxylon Pereirae—grows throughout Central America. Don’t confuse it with other balsams, […]

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May 2013 in Revue Magazine

Mother’s day graces our cover this month as we give thanks and appreciation for their love and nurturing. As well, many NGOs work to assist children, don’t miss reading about the KIDS restaurant. For more on other projects that assist children, see DateBook with listings including tours of Open Windows, Niños de Guatemala and Common Hope; the Rainbow Café lecture […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, May 2013

Ganadores por decisión de los jueces del equipo editorial / Winners by editorial decision Ganadores por voto popular en Facebook / Winners by popular votes in Facebook Todas las fotografías participantes / All the photos participating Agradecemos a todos lo que participaron con una fotografía en nuestro concurso fotográfico. We thank all the people participating in our photo contest.

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Mission Accomplished! Restoration of the Paintings at Catedral de San José

Close-up of St. John painting showing the serpent emerging from the chalice

Close to 10 years ago, while admiring some Christmas decorations at San José Catedral in Antigua, I was astonished at the poor state of preservation of the colonial paintings. All of the original colonial art had been moved to the new capital in 1773, except for the 1680 paintings of the apostles by Mexican artist Juan de Correa (1646-1716). Restored […]

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April 2013 in Revue Magazine

Some things never change. They just become different. —Joshua Caleb There have been many changes to this magazine since its premier edition on March 27, 1992. The evolution from The Antigua Classifieds to The Classifieds Revue and finally simply the Revue magazine coincided with upgrades in paper quality as color was added, first with spot color, then full color. In […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, April 2013

Ganadores por decisión de los jueces del equipo editorial / Winners by editorial decision Ganadores por voto popular en Facebook / Winners by popular votes in Facebook Todas las fotografías participantes / All the photos participating Agradecemos a todos lo que participaron con una fotografía en nuestro concurso fotográfico. We thank all the people participating in our photo contest.

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The 4th Annual Night of the Chefs

El viernes 8 de marzo en el Convento de Capuchinas en La Antigua Guatemala se realizó la 4ta Noche de los Chefs. Una noche donde los chefs de los restaurantes: Café Condesa, Welten, Hotel Solei, El Convento, Primo di Roma, Rafa’s Bistrot, Hotel Villa Colonial, Hotel Camino Real, 83, Fernandos Kaffee presentaron una selección de platillos a los asistentes. La […]

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Lent & Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua used to be second to Seville, Spain for its Lenten celebration until recently. It is now considered the largest celebration in the world with 50 activities during the 40 days of Lent. In March processions fill the streets of Antigua with the fragrance of incense, pine needles, flowers and coroso (a pod also used for carpet making). The increase […]

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March 2013 in Revue Magazine

On March 27, 1992 the first edition of what was then known as the “Antigua Classifieds” hit the streets of La Antigua, Guatemala City, Lake Atitlán and Quetzaltenango. Within a couple of years we transformed the name into the “Classifieds Revue,” expanding our base to include Cobán and Petén and stretching across the border with circulation in El Salvador. Finally, […]

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Inauguración del XII Festival Internacional de Cultura Paiz

Cada dos años la Fundación Paiz organiza un festival de arte y cultura en la ciudad de La Antigua Guatemala. Este es el XII festival y la inauguración se realizó en la Plaza Mayor (parque central) con la presentación de la Orquesta de Bob Porter y el grupo Malacates Trébol Shop. Asistentes de todas las edades pudieron presenciar este evento […]

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