The Procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Dulce Mirada

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This year The Procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Dulce Mirada de Santa Ana will occur on Sunday, March 26. Despite thousands of visitors from around the world who descend upon La Antigua Guatemala for Lent or Cuaresma each year, I don’t think I will ever tire of its pageantry or elaborate celebrations. To be sure, the crowds during Semana Santa […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, April 2017 “Semana Santa in Guatemala”

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision Thank you to all the participating photographers — there were so many great images! The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the April, 2017 issue of Revue.  You can see all of the submissions at fb.com/revuemagazine

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Hermandades Using Social Media

Hermandades using Social Media

Century-old hermandades using social media to increase carrier participation. Lent is here with Ash Wednesday celebrated on March 1. All of the Lenten activities are designed and organized by hermandades. Traditionally, men and boys are in their grandfather’s hermandad and women and girls in their grandmothers’ hermandad. With processions in many of the surrounding areas and all of the active […]

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Rivers at Risk in Guatemala

rivers at risk

Across the northern indigenous hinterlands of Guatemala people are up in arms. You may have heard about it. They are up in arms over the companies involved in damming and mining—particularly hydroelectric projects; over their questionable business practices; deficit of environmental concern; and lack of respect for community well-being and consent, putting rivers at risk. Incidents both positive and negative […]

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Antigua Green School

Antigua Green School

Antigua Green School individually tracks each student’s progress and adapts its teaching style to them. Every parent the world over wants the best education for his or her children. And Guatemala is no different. Ensuring the best education they can is most parents’ main priority so as to provide their children with the greatest chance of success. And having a […]

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Lead-Up Workshops with Horses

Lead-Up Guatemala

Lead-Up leads the way helping at-risk youth in Guatemala and around the world, creating peaceful leaders through workshops with horses. It isn’t until you meet and speak with some of Guatemala’s most vulnerable youth that you actually begin to understand the impact that a program like Lead-Up International has on their lives. Beyond poverty, physical and sexual violence are major […]

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Transitions Guatemala

Transitions Guatemala

Transitions Celebrates 20 Years Serving Guatemalans with Disabilities. Wheelchair Workshop Transitions operates a well-equipped workshop to manufacture new wheelchairs and repair or modify existing ones. This operation employs six to 10 technicians, mostly disabled, and builds rugged chairs well suited for the tough terrain of Guatemala. It employs modern TIG welding and other fabrication equipment and maintains computerized records on […]

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WINGS Across Guatemala

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Celebrating 15 years of service WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women and men. On an average of 18 days each month, two mobile units leave their home base in either Cobán or La Antigua Guatemala between 4 and 5 a.m. to drive up to four hours to reach a rural, largely […]

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Partner for Surgery Guatemala

Partner for Surgery

Partner for Surgery and Compañero para Cirugía (ACPC), 15 years and going strong! Changing lives through medical care. In the July 2009 issue of the Revue, the cover featured a wonderful picture of a little girl peeking at the camera from behind the protection of her mother’s skirts. That little girl was attending a medical mission of Partner for Surgery, […]

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Holiday Ponche Guatemala

Holiday Ponche

Ponche, or punch in English, is the quintessential holiday drink in Guatemala and other Latin countries. I must say that some of the best ponches I have ever tasted have been at people’s homes during the Dec. 16-24 posada season (Las Posadas), which recreates Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage in Bethlehem. When I think of ponche—it’s like rewinding and playing back […]

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Food Sovereignty for Guatemala

Food Sovereignty for Guatemala

Update from The Coffee Trust on The Food Sovereignty Project Coffee is grown on some of the world’s richest lands, yet most coffee farmers cannot properly feed their families. Before relying on cash from coffee, families grew their own food on the same land. Their ancient knowledge of agriculture and how to grow and prepare nutritious foods was passed down […]

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Community Garden Guatemala

Community Garden Guatemala

Every Wednesday, 11 indigenous women journey to a communal plot of land in San Antonio Palopó, perched above the shores of Lake Atitlán to work on the community garden. There, the women grow rows of corn, amaranth, carrots, medicinal herbs and seasonal fruits. Each crop represents a chance for learning and health in a town that sorely needs these opportunities. […]

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Beach Getaway Pacific Coast

beach getaway Pacific Coast

This beach getaway is a hidden gem on a remote island on Guatemala’s south coast, Isleta de Gaia is a rustic yet chic resort that attracts curious travelers looking to de-stress and disconnect in a secluded, oceanfront setting. Isleta de Gaia, which opened in 2000 and was completed renovated in 2010, has nine charming, thatch-roof bungalows (six simple dwellings, 3 […]

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Sniffer Dogs of Guatemala

sniffer dogs Guatemala

A visit to Guatemala’s training center for 4-legged agents.  There is a prevalent myth about drug-detecting dogs (sniffer dogs) in Guatemala and elsewhere. Many people believe that these dogs are exposed to the drugs they detect, and are in effect addicted to them, which is why they seek them out. They are absolutely not given drugs, nor are they addicted […]

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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

Amalias kitchen Guatemala

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

textiles Guatemala

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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