Trouble in the Highlands

Trouble in the Highlands

Poverty, population, drought and persistent repression The influx of undocumented immigrants into the United States last year reached a 10-year high of more than 115,000 and has already passed that figure this year, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Since the recession, Guatemalans represent the second-largest group of undocumented Latino immigrants after El Salvador, according to the Pew […]

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Independence Celebrations in Guatemala

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Parades, souvenirs fireworks folkloric dances, everything about Indepencence Celebration in Guatemala. On Sept. 14 scholars, students, co-workers, neighbors, family and friends gather together in small and not so small groups to participate in the traditional Ir a traer la antorcha (literal translation, “Go bring the torch”). This tradition involves traveling to another Guatemalan town or city. Popular destinations include La […]

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Historical Disaster 9/11/1541

Historical Disaster 9/11/1541

There were no video cameras, no CNN, Fox Alerts or network news. But one resident eyewitness, Juan Rodríguez, wrote down what he saw and heard. Hurricane Katrina, said to be the worst natural disaster ever to hit the U.S., blasted the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in Aug. 2005. The powerful waters of Hurricane Mitch raced through Guatemala, El […]

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Transportation in Guatemala Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Sept. 2019

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There are many types of transportation in Guatemala as our Photo Contest demonstrates this month. Thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos. It was a very close race for first place by popular vote — deadline was midnight Aug. 19. Here are the results of this month’s contest in both categories, Popular Vote (most “likes”) and Winners by […]

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Traveling in Tandem with a Chapina – Mark D. Walker

Traveling in Tandem with a Chapina

Traveling in Tandem with a Chapina – Yin & Yang of Travel Series Share our similarities, celebrate our differences. —M. Scott Peck Our Honeymoon Journey Through Mexico You might think that my plans for the honeymoon with my Guatemalan bride, Ligia, would have revolved around staying at one of the elegant hotels located in the colonial capital of La Antigua Guatemala, […]

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SANTIAGO Saint James Apostle

SANTIAGO Saint James Apostle

“SANTIAGO” Saint James Apostle, La Antigua’s Patron Saint Saint James the Greater or James the Great is La Antigua Guatemala Patron Saint. Saint James’ Day is celebrated in La Antigua and many cities in the Spanish America, on July 25. Saint James is one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. James is one of the sons of Zebedee. But why is he Antigua’s Patron Saint? […]

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Artisans & Handicrafts of Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest August 2019

3rd Place Popular Vote “Orfebrería en plata” San Juan del Obispo by Mirna Ortiz

Guatemalan Artesania is so prevalent one forgets the amount of work and craftsmanship that goes into every handmade item for sale throughout the country. Our Photo Contest theme this month “Artisans and Handicrafts (artesanos y artesania)” spotlights these creative people and the art they produce. Thanks to all of the photographers who submitted photos. Here are the results of this […]

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Revue Magazine July 2019

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE JULY 2019 ISSUE OF REVUE This edition marks the 1-year anniversary of the Revue e-zine (electronic magazine). Though we still receive comments from readers about missing the monthly print editions, most everyone agrees that decreasing circulation to cut costs for advertisers would definitely not have been a good thing — for them and for us. […]

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Mercados of Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest July 2019

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Some of the most fun places to experience are the mercados of Guatemala (markets). The colors, the sights, the smells, and the conversations, all play a part in this unique shopping outing.  Here are the results of this month’s contest in both categories, Popular Vote (most “likes”) and Winners by Editorial Decision. The sponsor of our monthly photo contests Antigua Hotel […]

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Churrasco a good Guatemalan BBQ for Father’s Day

Churrasco A Good Guatemalan BBQ for Father’s Day

Summertime calls for outdoor cooking and delicious food and what a better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a scrumptious Guatemalan churrasco (BBQ). A good churrasco or parrillada can be as simple as grilling various types of meat paired with a few sides; however, a Guatemalan churrasco always comes with chirmol (charred tomato and mint salsa). A typical churrasco […]

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Restoration and Conservation in La Antigua Guatemala

Restoration and Conservation in La Antigua Guatemala

Restoration Restoration is the process of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, vehicle, etc., so as to restore it to its original condition. La Antigua Guatemala is steeped in architectural beauty despite earthquakes, fires, carelessness, damage by riots, abuses, etc. As well, beginning in the 14th century through the 20th century, architectural style and design was ever changing. […]

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Using Street Art to Empower at-risk youth in Guatemala

Using Street Art to Empower at-risk youth in Guatemala

The streets were buzzing with excitement when news hit that John Alexander Serna, a renowned Colombian street artist aka ‘Chota,’ would be part of a team to help kick start an urban renewal initiative in Jocotenango. Our tuk-tuk zigzagged around a steep hill until we reached ‘aldea’ Vista Hermosa, one of four barrios that comprise the community of Jocotenango, a […]

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Portraits of Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest June 2019

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Portraits of Guatemala is one of our favorite themes. There are so many stories in the faces of people and the participating photographers this month did a fantastic job of storytelling. 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 […]

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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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WOMEN HERMANDADES Sisterhood from Escuela de Cristo Women’s DIVISION

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The work of the women behind those gorgeous Golden Mantillas brought directly from Spain. People admire the beauty and splendor of La Antigua’s Semana Santa processions, but who’s behind working hard making this happen?  Certainly we have heard of Hermandades —organizations that prepare all year long organizing all the procession logistics— and yet another question comes up. Are there any […]

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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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The Tango War by Author Mary Jo McConahay

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Prize-winning author Mary Jo McConahay presents her new book, The Tango War, The Struggle for the Hearts, Minds and Riches of Latin America During World War II The fascinating, largely unknown story of how the global conflict affected countries from Mexico to Argentina, including Guatemala, and how the Axis and the Allies never took their eyes from each other, like […]

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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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Friends and Lovers in Guatemala, Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Feb. 2019

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Friends and Lovers in Guatemala, how can you go wrong with that theme for a photo contest. We received so many wonderful images it was extremely difficult to choose the winners. Here are the results… WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers.  You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue […]

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16th Annual REVUE Photo Issue – January 2019

16th Annual REVUE Photo Issue – January 2019

Welcome to our 16th Annual Photo Issue. For all these years that we have been highlighting Guatemala through photography, we are still in awe as new and spectacular images keep coming in. This year is no exception in that there are new and exceptional photographs gracing our pages this month. We are grateful to the talented photographers who have shared […]

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“Virgen de la O” Procession on Christmas Day

"Virgen de la O" Procession on Christmas Day

In the afternoon on Christmas Day the procession Virgen de la O departs from Escuela de Cristo Church and winds its way through the streets of La Antigua. The Procession carries the pregnant Virgin Mary eight days before the birth of Jesus. This is the reason she carries a very small image of Baby Jesus on her chest. The name […]

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REVUE Magazine December 2018

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF REVUE As the year comes to a close, we reflect upon what has occurred. As the new year approaches we imagine what will be. Our December issue does both. In hopes of putting a smile on your face we’ve highlighted some great photographs from our Photo Contest Smiles of Guatemala. On the […]

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Smiles of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Dec. 2018

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Everyone’s day is brightened by a smile, and these days we could use more of them. Here are the results of the Photo Contest “Smiles of Guatemala” with plenty of smiles to go around. Prizes listed below. WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE THANK YOU to all the participating photographers.  You can see all of the excellent submissions […]

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REVUE Magazine November 2018

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF REVUE MAGAZINE Welcome to our 9th Annual Food Issue. Guatemala has wonderful national dishes, there are many tasty regional recipes which add another good reason to travel around this beautiful country. As more people look for healthier food options, we are happy to introduce you to Michelle B. Sultan, founder of La […]

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Guatemalan Kitchen Camaraderie

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Guatemalan kitchen camaraderie with “mucho sabor” and comfort Perhaps one of the best ways to bond with anyone is in the kitchen. After all, this is a place where people gather to create delicious masterpieces and share experiences. I was invited once again to present at the World of the Latino Cuisine in New Jersey recently. This is an annual […]

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