Guatemala

Copan Ruins in Honduras

Traveling in Central America is a lot like traveling state to state in the USA, but with a much bigger difference in dialect and traditions. Guatemala boasts one of the best Mayan archeological sites with Tekal, whereas Honduras has the ruins of Copan. Copan is known for having more intact[…]

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Volcanos in Guatemala

There are 35 officially recognized volcanos in Guatemala, three of which are still active. I’ll write a little bit about the three active volcanos and about my hike up the side of Pacaya. Pacaya This volcano is a bit unique in Guatemala in that it erupts about every five years.[…]

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New Year Celebration in Guatemala

New Years Eve celebration in Guatemala reminds me of the Independence Day in the USA. It is a family event for picnics outside, BBQs, parades and fireworks. The just substitute hispanic equivalents for everything and you have the basic idea. Traditional black tamales I’m beginning to think there are specific[…]

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Guatemalan Christmas Navidad Traditions

With the exception of blowing massive amounts of money shopping, I believe the Guatemalans put far more effort into celebrating Christmas than those of us in the USA or Europe. I’ll try to describe what I’ve seen here in Guatemala. Multi-day celebration First, it seems that Christmas itself is spread[…]

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Coffee Farm Tour

I went with a friend here to tour the local Filadelfia Coffee Farm just north of Antigua. I learned about 100 times more about coffee than I ever knew before. It started with a drive out to the nursery where we saw baby coffee plants just after planting. We were[…]

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USA Call Forwarding to Guatemala

A few people have ask how I forward calls from my normal business number in the USA to a foreign country. Basically this is a three step process. Step One: Google Voice (one time fee of $20) The first step is to sell your telephone number to Google Voice. When[…]

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How Many Guatemalans Can You Get in a Microbus?

The official answer from my friends here in Guatemala is they can fit about 30 Guatemalans in a microbus. During my two trips I saw a maximum of 27, so I can believe they actually can get 30 in there given that as an American I should count for two[…]

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Guatemala Dia de Pavo (Turkey Day)

I’m celebrating the 2011 Thanksgiving in Guatemala which is a strange dejavu of Thanksgiving 2009 in Belize (the neighboring county). This time it is held in my Spanish School, Munde en Español. There are 22 students here, 14 of which are from a medical volunteer organization. They are going off[…]

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Guatemalan Chicken Bus

Guatemalan Chicken Bus Ride

On Saturday, my friend Stephanie and I decided to travel on a chicken bus to the farmers market in a small nearby town of Salcajá. The Spanish school is owned by Gladys; her 31 year old son Eduardo offered to be our guide for the morning. The ride each way[…]

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