One-Man Band: Soapbox aka Rodrigo Rosales

One-Man Band: Soapbox aka Rodrigo Rosales (photo by Alan Benchoam)

Anyone who listens to music radio in Guatemala will no doubt be familiar with the name Soapbox. The talented musician had a No. 1 hit with his first solo single Time, and his second release, Now I’m Gone, looks to be heading in a similar direction. But not everyone may be aware that the man behind the name, Rodrigo Rosales, […]

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Who is Santo Hermano Pedro?

Santo Hermano Pedro allegorical procession goes throughout the streets of Antigua after the 2 p.m. mass on Sunday, April 29

San Francisco Church in Antigua celebrates the anniversary of Santo Hermano Pedro’s death (1667) on April 25 with concerts and fireworks. An allegorical procession goes throughout the streets of Antigua after the 2 p.m. mass on Sunday, April 29. Hermano Pedro de San José Betancur was born on March 21, 1626, in Vilafor on the island of Tenerife in the […]

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April 2012 in Revue Magazine

April 2012 in Revue Magazine

April and Semana Santa start off together this year. There will be processions and traditional celebrations throughout the country finishing on the 8th with Easter Sunday. A schedule for the major processions in Antigua is on page 72, and we will continue to post procession maps on our Revue Facebook page. The theme for the Revue Photo Contest this month […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, April 2012

Posición/Position: 1er lugar / 1st place Premio: Cena para dos en el restaurante La Peña de Sol Latino / Dinner for two at La Peña de Sol Tema/theme: Semana Santa / Holy Week Título/title: Fe / Faith Lugar/place: La Antigua Guatemala Autor/author: Jorge Ortiz Web: http://www.flickr.com/jaoj

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

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What About 2012?

Dr. David Stuart, archeologist and Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas-Austin, speaks out on the subject. Long before Galileo tracked heavenly bodies in the 17th Century, the Maya watched the skies and developed a construction for time. What did they really say about 2012? “Absolutely nothing,” says Dr. David Stuart, archeologist and Schele Professor […]

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The Uaxactún Equinox

The Uaxactún Equinox (photo by Thor Janson)

The next major event in the Maya sacred calendar The kickoff for the 2012 cosmic events was the solstice party at the ancient ruins of Tikal. In attendance were dozens of Maya shaman dressed in ceremonial attire soberly attending to their prayer offerings of copal incense, sacred incantations and song, and the sacrifice of doves. The next major event in […]

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The 10th Festival Atitlán

The 10th Festival Atitlán

Once again, it’s springtime—and time for the 10th annual Festival Atitlán! Set for Saturday, March 17, just outside Santiago Atitlán, the festival has become the largest alternative outdoor music and arts event in Guatemala. Featuring a diverse list of performers, the 12-hour festival includes plenty of activities for kids, too. Admission is Q125 (kids under 10, free), and all proceeds […]

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20 Years of Revue Magazine

Congratulations to the winning photographers of our first monthly Revue Photo Contest. Thanks to all participating photographers and to everyone who voted. The 94 entries can be seen on our website, we’ve published the winners on the following pages. We’ve also got some great stories, lots of information and plenty of events and things to do. Oh yeah, it’s also […]

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Antigua Boulder Challenge

Getting ready for the Antigua Boulder Challenge (photo by Rudy A. Girón)

The Antigua Boulder Challenge is a climbing competition organized by the Asociación de Alpinismo de Sacatepéquez, La Rocalla and The North Face Guatemala with competitors from all over Central America. There will be 14 competitors from Guatemala, ten men and four women, eight from El Salvador, five from Costa Rica and two from Honduras according to Felipe Álvarez, one of […]

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Granito de arena

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

“Ever since I filmed these generals in 1982, I’ve wanted to see them pay for their crimes,” says filmmaker Pamela Yates. Determined to “find out what was really going on,” Yates originally came to Guatemala in the 1980s to make a documentary about a hidden war. Thirty years later, material from her film, which captures some of the only footage […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, March 2012

Una Sonrisa mi hermano! by Mario Hernández

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

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Día del Cariño

Día del Cariño

What distinguishes Día del cariño from the popularized Valentine’s Day celebrations is that in Central America the day is primarily about all relationships and those we care for, about letting friends know you care for them, assuring family and partners of your love for them. Gifts aren’t the most important thing—the emphasis here is on quality time instead and being with those you most care about.

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How many people can you fit inside a bus?

Festival de Las Camionetas by Rudy A. Girón

In Poland were able to get 209 people inside a bus. That was the Guinness World Record until yesterday when in Jocotenango they were able to get 221 people and one chicken inside the chicken bus. This will be the first Guinness World Record for Guatemala according to the Mayor of Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez. Above you can see a time-lapse video […]

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Interview: Franklin Contreras

Portrait of Franklin Contreras by Mathieu Hutin

From building houses out of cardboard boxes in his parents’ electrical store when he was a child, to designing candy stores at the university, Franklin Contreras was always destined to be an architect. The talented Guatemalan now owns his own firm, which employs over 200 people, and their designs stand out as pieces of art, especially along the streets of […]

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Hiking Laguna Chicabal

View of the lagoon from the top of the ridge

In the Newberry Award-winning book (and Disney movie) Holes, the hero Stanley Yelnats and his friend Zero survive in a barren desert after discovering a hidden lake tucked on top of a mountain. Though Guatemala´s Western Highlands are far from barren, scaling the breathtaking Laguna Chicabal makes you wonder if the author of Holes drew any inspiration from this local […]

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Shake Your Booty: Carnival in Mazatenango

There is the children’s parade in the morning, the parade of carnival floats, a horse parade and the wild nocturnal adult parade.

There are special moments when the sheer exuberance and joy of the human spirit, shining so brightly, transcend all the negative forces and we find ourselves walking on air! Another in a long list of Guatemala’s best-kept secrets is the fantastic annual Carnival of Mazatenango: an event virtually unknown to those outside the Pacific Coast region. I do not recommend […]

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Astrophotography in Guatemala

Cada una de las estrellas que guardo para ti by Ivan Castro Peña

We are happy to share with you some marvelous samples of astrophotography from Guatemala captured by the patient lens of Ivan Castro Peña. Just last week we published a time lapse video entitled Una noche en tu gracia made by mister Castro during six different nights in the locations of Alotenango, Amatitlán, Los Pocitos Pacaya, Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Mazatenango and […]

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January 2012 in Revue Magazine

Sosteniendo el mundo —Guillermo Rafael Cuyún Figueroa flickr.com/elguie/

88 photographs grace the pages this month of our 9th Annual Photo Issue. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. There are interesting, beautiful and thought-provoking images sent to us by recreational and professional photographers alike. We sincerely thank all of you who submitted photos this year. We received a few after the deadline, and those we […]

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Sights and Sounds of Christmastime in Guatemala

Ventas navideñas de los campos del Roosevelt (photo by Roberto Urrea)

Christmas colors in Guatemala don’t stop with red and green, and dreams of a white Christmas must also include the entire rainbow. Yes, the brilliant red poinsettias and fragrant green pine needles, the ripe red berries and deep green leaves of the coffee trees, give all Central America the traditional Christmas colors of much of the world, but holidays in […]

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Traditions: Posadas and Nacimientos

Guatemalan Nativity scene (photo by Rudy A. Giron)

The nacimiento is still the star of the show in Guatemala. What is now the most important celebration of the year came to the Americas with the Spanish Christian evangelists. The Guatemalans, already an innately spiritual people closely in tune with nature and in whom creativity thrives, had no trouble adapting to the new religious event. The timing was good. […]

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Quetzaltenango’s Mount Olympus

View of Quetzaltenango from the summit of Volcán Santa María (photo by Kristen Moser)

From many viewpoints in Guatemala’s western Highlands, the Volcán Santa María stands like a sentinel overlooking its kingdom. Wrapped in a vortex of clouds, the volcano is a constant reminder to the population of Quetzaltenango and environs of its eruption a century ago that almost completely destroyed Guatemala’s second largest city. Yet today, Santa María stands as one of the […]

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Santa Cruz La Laguna

Santa Cruz La Laguna

text/photos by Carla Berryhill I have been to Lake Atitlán several times since moving to Guatemala. For me, there really is no one town or village on the lake that stands out more than the other because I think they are all interesting, beautiful and unique—but, my personal favorite is Santa Cruz La Laguna. There are no roads to Santa […]

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Day of Joy and Fun for the Entire Family

Third Annual CasaSito’s Art Festival

written by Maritza Ortiz CasaSito will host its Third Arts Festival on December 3 at La Cooperación Española in La Antigua Guatemala. Over 100 Guatemalan children and youth will enchant locals and visitors with their artistic talents. The festival will delight everyone with a wonderful art exhibition, music shows, and theater and dance performances. The art exhibition begins at 10 […]

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Private Nature Preserve: Cascadas de Tatasirire

Private Nature Preserve: Cascadas de Tatasirire

If Sacatepequez boasts La Antigua Guatemala, Alta Verapaz offers Semuc Champey and within Peten’s jungles lie the impressive ruins of Tikal, El Mirador and other ancient cities, what exactly is there to see and do in the department of Jalapa? Answer: extreme adventure combined with biodiversity! Just over two hours outside of Guatemala City, hidden in the subtropical mountains of […]

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December 2011 in Revue Magazine

Happy Holidays (cover by Elvira Méndez)

If you are not sure what to buy a loved one for Christmas, or any occasion for that matter, we have some suggestions. In the book category, turn to page 17 for Dianne Carofino’s preview of Guatemala: People and Tradition. Photographer Santiago Albert’s black and white work evokes the splendor of the human experience in a unique style that speaks […]

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