José Cecilio del Valle of Guatemala

José Cecilio del Valle

On the eve of celebrating Central America’s independence from Spain, and six years before its 200th anniversary, a Guatemalan remembers José Cecilio del Valle, his long-forgotten great-great-great grandfather, a key player in the region’s independence and one of the great thinkers of his time. (1780-1834) Mexico and Central America became independent from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821, but it would take […]

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Stronger Guatemala Coffee

Stronger Guatemala Coffee

Replenishing Soil Nutrients The Use of Effective Microorganisms for Strengthening Coffee Crops Coffee grows on some of the world’s richest land. For generations, the plots where modern coffee farmers plant their trees served as fields for corn, beans and other foods that made up a subsistence lifestyle. For hundreds of years, the ancestors of today’s coffee farmers fed themselves off […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Oct. 2016 “Pets in Guatemala”

Pets Guatemala

Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers, great job this month. It was very tough for the judges. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the October, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the October contest at FB.com/revuemagazine — stay […]

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Sugar Mills of Guatemala

Sugar mills Guatemala

Many things have definitely changed in Guatemala, but in some rural areas, time seems to be at a standstill. That is the case of the molienda, the old-fashioned sugar mills powered by oxen. During a trip to Esquipulas and Quezaltepeque in eastern Guatemala not too long ago, I visited a molienda. While sugar processed commercially is one of the top […]

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Guatemala National Flower The Monja Blanca

Guatemala national flower

A Rare and Exquisite National Symbol Everyone loves orchids! Originating 60 million years ago in the temperate zones of Asia and the Americas, orchids have the widest range of flowers and color of any plant family. Guatemala is home to one of the largest varieties of orchids in the world with hundreds of species growing throughout the country. With independence […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN Desserts with Heart

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Sweets are the perfect ending of a great meal, especially if they are near and dear to our hearts. Although I don’t claim to have a very sweet tooth, when I do eat dessert I naturally gravitate to fruit-based tarts or fresh fruit salads, but when a special craving sets in, I often reminisce about the desserts I ate while […]

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Fashion Weeks in Guatemala

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Haute couture designers boast of their Fashion Weeks held in many great cities. Designers, buyers, journalists gather for each city’s displays, especially crowded at the Big Four shows in Paris, London, Milan, New York. Starting with department show fashion walks a century ago, growing in mid-century to global fashion events eight times a year, Fashion Weeks are vitally important for […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Sept. 2016: Doors and Windows of Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the September, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the September contest at fb.com/revuemagazine — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Textiles Handwoven in San Juan La Laguna

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Cooperative Keiji Chiij is teaching others to conserve Guatemala’s cultural textile traditions of growing cotton, natural dyes and weaving. If you are looking for quality handwoven goods that support local weavers, preserve Mayan tradition and are environmentally sustainable, San Juan La Laguna, with its numerous shops boasting natural dyes and superb local woven cotton products, offers an array of unique merchandise. […]

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A New History for La Antigua Guatemala

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With the recent “discovery” of the “El Libro Segundo del Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala,” historians lit up with enthusiasm! Guatemala’s historians continue to rewrite the past. With many libraries and collections now available in digital form, we not only have access to more information but word has it that the archbishop of Guatemala has made the church’s archives […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Monterrico Guatemala

Monterrico Guatemala

There are dozens of reasons to visit Monterrico and the south coast of Guatemala. It is a spectacular, beautiful area, with a variety of recreational and wilderness options. With tongue-in-cheek, Revue Associate Editor Matt Bokor gives us 10 of his favorite reasons to stop by. 1. The sand really is black. 2. You can take a side trip to Hawaii. […]

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Teaching Traditional Guatemalan Cuisine

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Visitors curious about traditional Mayan cuisine should add the Ixiim Cooking School to their to-do list. San Pedro La Laguna, situated on the shores of Lake Atitlán, is a popular destination featuring dramatic scenery, breathtaking hiking trails and waterfalls, numerous yoga centers, Spanish schools and lively nightlife. Visitors curious about traditional Mayan cuisine should add the Ixiim Cooking School to […]

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Ode to the Guatemalan Bus

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They’re colorful, noisy, smelly. Their clouds of smoke leave interesting tastes in your mouth. May you never be touched by one that’s moving, but climb on and you’ll feel them from your bottom up. They may well be the most photographed of all Guatemala’s wonders. More pictures of our chicken buses must be taken each year than of sparkling blue […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, August 2016: What We Wear in Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the August, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the August contest HERE — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Fotokids Celebrating 25 Years

Fotokids Guatemala

I covered the wars in Central America during the 1980s as a staff photojournalist for Reuters. I documented brutality and assassinations and there are images that will never leave me. When I slowed down enough to process all that I had seen I was not surprisingly—depressed. It was during this period that I received an assignment to take photos for […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, July 2016: Transportation in Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the July, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the July contest HERE — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Clean Water for Schools in Guatemala

Clean water for schools in Guatemala

In Guatemala, 97 percent of rivers are contaminated. The poor of the country, who depend on streams and rivers for drinking water, are left to drink a parasite-infested liquid that wreaks havoc on health. Tragically, it also causes the death of 1 out of 20 children before the age of 5. The impact of intestinal disease in these children and […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Frescos

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Fresco in Guatemala is not the art of painting on wet plaster, but the art of making a wholesome fresh drink. Fresco in Spanish means fresh. Guatemalans accompany everyday meals with refreshing and wholesome fresh fruit drinks or roasted seed-based drinks. Soda is often an afterthought and something they serve for special occasions; sodas could never take the place of […]

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Retirement Abroad, the good and the bad

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The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is all in your attitude. While planning for a retirement overseas, we would wager that most people occupy themselves with practical concerns: language barriers, resident visas, banking, renting or buying property, medical care and the like. From our experience, these issues are the easiest part of making a lifestyle change. It’s the […]

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PROFILE: Nery Felipe Priego Huertas

Nery Felipe Priego Huertas

Music is my Inheritance. “The passion for music is in my blood, literally,” says Nery Felipe Priego Huertas, who was born in Guatemala City. His mother is from the Pacific coast, his father a Quiche from Huehuetenango. “In those days,” he says, “people from these different locations would not have met. But my father worked on the train. His job […]

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BOOK ALERT: “Doing Good… Says Who?

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Authors Connie Newton and Fran Early. Angélica, a Mayan village widow with five young children, earns a living by making dolls from discarded textiles stuffed with straw and cornhusks. Facial features embroidered with brightly colored thread give the dolls personality and makes them popular at the market. Recently, though, the cost of medicine for a child with an infection has […]

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Celebrate the Month of Museums in Guatemala

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May is the MONTH OF MUSEUMS. There are many great museums throughout Guatemala. Here is a listing of some that you should definitely have on your “to visit” list. GUATEMALA CITY *Casa Mima – 8a av. 14-12, z. 1, Mon-Sat., 10am-5pm; tels: (office) 2253-6657 & 2232-6902, (museum) 2253-4020; beatrizquevedo@casamima.org, casamima.org Museo Arquidiocesano de Santiago de Guatemala – 7 av. 6-73, […]

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The Antigua International School receives accreditation

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The Antigua International School has received accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges’ (NEASC) Commission on International Education (CIE). Founded in 1885, NEASC is the oldest regional accrediting association in the United States. It serves almost 2,000 public and independent schools, universities and colleges (think Harvard, Yale, M.I.T., etc.) as well as all public schools in the […]

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Book Alert: “JUNGLE OF STONE” by William Carlsen

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The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya In 1839, rumors of baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers. Captivated by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—each already celebrated for their […]

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Education in Guatemala — A Brief Overview

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The University of San Carlos of Guatemala is one of the oldest universities in the Americas. Education has come a long way since higher education began in 1620 at the Colegio de Santo Tomas de Aquino, predecessor to San Carlos, which was officially founded in 1676. Women did not attend university in colonial times, and only some were accepted at […]

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