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Antigua Guatemala, located 45 km from Guatemala City, reveals to present-day visitors a dramatic history of conquest, grandeur, destruction and rebirth. It was actually the third capital of the “New World”, founded by the Spanish in 1543, and named “Ciudad de Santiago de Los Caballeros de Guatemala” in 1566. Although she was battered by volcanic eruptions and the resulting seismic tremors for two hundred years, Antigua remained the seat of power in Central America until 1773. The Santa Marta Earthquake of that year leveled homes and crumbled great cathedrals and monasteries to the point that the capital was moved to the Guatemala City in the Ermita Valley.For its immense historical and cultural value, La Antigua Guatemala was designed by UNESCO “World Heritage Site” in 1979.
Tikal means “place of voices”. It is nowadays, the biggest Mayan City known and studied. The park as an extension of 576kms squared. It was declared Human Heritage patrimony, by UNESCO in 1979. Among its main temples and plazas is recommended to visit: Major Plaza It is the Archaeological Park of Tikal, surrounded by impressionist buildings as the Temples I and II, the North and Central Acropolis, as well as a big range of wakes and altars that talk part of the dynastic history of the Mayan Civilization in Tikal. Temple I Known also as Big Jaguar Temple, it was built around the 700 year of our era. Its crest reaches 45 meters high above the Major Plaza. It was built, within the generalities of the Mayan temples, above a building in pyramidal shape. Temple II It is known also as Masks. Close the Big Plaza by the west, with a 38mts. High. The temple was built by the governor Ah Cacao around the 700 A.C. North Acropolis It is a religious area, within the ceremonial complex of Tikal. It is the most complete individual construction until now excavate in the Mayan area
Semuc Champey It is located in the Lanquín Municipality over the Cahabón River. Semuc Champey is built by a natural bridge of stone of approximately 500 meters of extension inside it the Cahabon River immerses in this place known as siguán. In the surface are formed 7 emerald swimming pools from 1 to 3 meters deep, feeding by spring from the mountains. These swimming pools are located in a small canyon formed by sedimentary and limestone rock founded in the highlands of hePolochic Valley. By the characteristics of the warm subtropical very humid forest, there is a range of flora and arboreal canopy. The access to this site is by a road without pave, in good state, passable all the year and of there until SemuchChampey (8kms) in vehicle of double transmission or on foot.
Guatemala’s green Caribbean has it all. Exuberant tropical nature surrounds Lake Izabal, the largest in the country. The lake flows into Rio Dulce and then into the Caribbean Sea. Live the music and exotic gastronomy of the Garifuna culture, as well as the beaches and the spectacular archaeological site, Quiriqua, declared a Heritage of humanity Site by UNESCO. Without a doubt, the Caribbean is magical and seductive.
This department has a territorial extension of 1,951kms squared, with a cold climate in the highlands and warm on the coastal area. The languages that are spoken are Spanish, Quiché and Mam. Quetzaltenango is a beautiful city of the highlands; settle in an extensive valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. It conserves the antique traditions of the Mayan-Quiche, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life. It is currently considered, as the second most important city of Guatemala, due to its size, industrial, cultural and commercial activity
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It is considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the famous novelist Aldous Huxley. The Lake is 144kms from Guatemala City and without a doubt the most important landmark in Sololá and one of the most known in Guatemala. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form the natural frame of the Lake itself. It has a surface of 125 square kilometers and is settled on 1,560 meters above sea level. The Lake complements its beauty with roads, beaches, riverside towns, mountains and volcanoes panoramic. It offers excellent opportunities to practicing fishing sport, sail, kayaks, free falls, aquatic skiing and the naturalistic recreation, as well as visit the Mayan population of the surround.
Having as a heart the Monterrico town, in the municipality of Taxisco, this reserve is a section of the Chiquimulilla Channel, conformed by shores, mangles, and rivers represented in a magnificence way. At the shore you can enjoy delicious seafood, drink a fresh coconut, or take a wonderful skin color. You will also enjoy the sunsets or be a volunteer at the different environmental programs carried out by the Center of Conservationists Studies. Handicrafts The Santa Rosa department count with elaborated crafts with rigs, tulle palm leather and ceramics. Outstanding cotton weaves baskets, rigs, furniture, musical instruments and leathers.
Xocomil and Xetulul
Xetutul Theme Park is a theme park in Guatemala. It is located in Retalhuleu a department located in the southwest of the country. Opening in 2002,Xetutul is the third largest amusement park in Latin America, after BetoCarrero World in Penha, Santa Catarina, Brazil and Six Flags México near Mexico City, Mexico.Xetutul is associated with the nearby Xocomil waterpark, which opened in 1997, and together the two parks receive over one million visitors every year, making the parks the most popular tourist attraction in the country. Xetulul and Xocomil are operated by the Institute for the Recreation of Guatemalan Private Industry Workers (IRTRA)—a private company that operates several other parks in Guatemala, as well as nearby hotels.
It has a surface approximately 8,378 square kilometers. Quiche borders with México to the north, Alta Verapaz and Baja Verapaz to the East, Chimaltenango and Sololá to the South and Totonicapán and Huehuetenango to the West. It is a very mountainous region conformed by deep ravines, high plateaus, valleys and peaks. Due to its particular conditions of topography, it counts with a range of beautiful places of admirable quality landscaper. It is one of the richest departments and where the greatest manifestations of flora, fauna and natural and cultural vestiges heritage, as spre-Hispanic as colonials. Archaeological Gumarcaaj site, known also as Utatlán, located 4kms from Santa Cruz de El Quiché, head of the Department and three hours (164kms) from Guatemala City. It was the capital of the dominion of Quiché and its remains reflect some of its opulence. Currently, it counts with a center of visitants, a museum and specialized personal in order to give the necessary information to the tourist. It was the capital of the Quiché Kingdom.
Ipala Crater Lake A natural source of water that is recharged with input from the rain and the small tributaries of the basin, as a volcanic crater. Ipala volcano, popularly called the Agua Volcano, because of the lake that it has in its crater, is one of the places whose natural beauty attracts tourists and scholars who wish to observe the flora, fauna and landscapes that characterize this region of eastern Guatemala. Ipala is a word that Ipal-ha evolved from meaning “seat of kings” Cherty language. It is located in the crater of the volcano to 1,650 meters above sea level, is 600 meters in diameter and 15 deep.
Famous Guatemalan Phrases
I’m trying to start a practical guide to chapinismos–those words that won’t be in your very traditional dictionary and you’ll hear all over town and the country even. I think being aware of all those words that identify things in a simpler, personalized and fun way for those who’ve been born or raised in Guatemala is something that can prove to be useful. Let ’s start with chapín—the name wit h which we acknowledge someone is from Guatemala. A chapinismo, then, is a word a chapín would say. Here are another words to describe the chapinismo:
Chilero: something really nice, cool
Chispudo: very proactive.
Chamusca: soccer match.
Sheca: very smart, nerd.
Chorro: water faucet.
Chaparro: short person.
Canche: a person that has blond hair.
Patojo (a): teenager, young boy or girl.
Wiro: kid, child.
Colocho: a person that has curly hair
Virgo: extremely nice.
Coche: pig, dirt person. Chapuz: reparation. Hueco: gay. Cincho: belt. Chulear: flirt. Cicle: bike. Chiveado: shy. Churrasco: barbeque. Chacletas, yinas: sandals. Chamarra: sheet. Huevón: lazy
Chapudo: blushing. Chato (a): guy or girl, slang. Shuco: dirty, Guatemalan style hot dog. Shola: head. Chambón: lazy. Recha: reject. Sho! : Shut up! Pilas: intelligent, smart. Chivo: a technique to cheat in examinations.
IMS: Annual smartphone sales to reach 1 billion units by 2016; Apple, Samsung winners so far More than 420 million smartphones will be sold around the world in 2011, accounting for 28% of total cell phone sales according to market research firm IMS Research. The firm sees the recent surge of more affordable smartphones as playing a major role in the continued growth of the market, and IMS analysts estimate that global smartphone sales will reach 1 billion devices by 2016 thanks to entry-level smart handsets. In recent months however, IMS’ data shows that Apple has made some of the largest gains in the space, accounting for 19% of global smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2011 compared to 16% in the same quarter last year. Of course Apple’s share continued to climb in the second quarter as well, as the company reported industry-leading sales of 20.4 million smartphones. The only company that made more impressive unit sales gains year-over-year in the first quarter was Samsung according to IMS; the South Korea-based vendor accounted for 13% of smartphones sold in the first quarter compared to just 3% in the same quarter in 2010. The biggest losers in the first quarter were Nokia, which slid from a 40% share in the first quarter last year to 24% in Q1 2010, and RIM, which dropped from 20% to 15% over the same period. The firm’s full press release follows below.
Apple Now World’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Has More Cash than U.S. Government It must feel good to be a part of Apple today: The company was proclaimed the world’s top smartphone vendor by Strategy Analytics, and its cash reserves are now bigger than the U.S. government’s balance. Apple is now the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with 18 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics‘ report. Nokia is now number three with 15%, behind Samsung, which grew an amazing 520% annually to grab a 17% share of the global smartphone market. Also, with a $75.9 billion balance, Apple is obviously doing really well in the “cash reserves” department, but it sounds even better when you hear the U.S. Treasury Department say that the government now has a total operating balance of $73.8 billion. Apple’s stock price recently surged passed $400, and its total market capitalization is more than $363 billion, which makes it the second largest company in the world, behind Exxon Mobil. The Cupertino giant is already on top of the world, and the only question right now seems to be: How much higher can it go?
Nahual IQ’ It symbolizes the spirit of life, lightning, tempest, currents of air, the cleanliness and purity of the crystal. This day the wind was born and so did life.
TOJ Tojil means, deity of the Sun, offering or paying fines. It is the fire of the spirit of Ajaw. Leveling with justice, life and hope. Day to pay for our lives, and to deliver the benefits of the negative.
It is the purifier of the body, mind and spirit.
AQ’AB’AL It means the dawn and dusk, light and darkness. It is a sign of renewal, of opportunities, duality. This day is to ask for clarity, new opportunities, renewal of life and seek stability K’AT It means fishing net and keep ears, also symbolizes the tangles and problems. Auspicious day to untangle a problem or issue and ask for wealth. KAN Means feathered serpent. It is the movement, creator and trainer of the universe, human evolution, spiritual development, justice, truth, intelligence and peace.
TZ’I’ Means dog, secretary, writing, justice, authority, law guardian and spiritual material. Represents loyalty, and order accuracy. Nawal of sexuality and stone from the Sun Day to ask for legal problems. B’ATZ’ It symbolizes the unwinding time, evolution and human life. It represents the umbilical cord, the principle of life, time’s infinite intelligence and wisdom, also symbolizes the cosmic phenomena, the original wisdom. E It symbolizes the path of destiny, the guide, which leads to an objective and precise point, the search for fulfillment in all situations, aspects and manifestations of life.
KAME The only sure and certain: we are all born and one day return to the source. Death to the Mayan world is a beneficent power. Special day for contact with the ancestors.
AJ It means the cane, abundance, unity, power, seven virudes of divine power, clairvoyance, sacred words, love for humanity, telepathy, body signals, unexpected dreams.
KEJ Means deer. These are the four pillars supporting the sky and earth, four corners, the four roads. Is knowledge power through physical existence. Harmony is the greatest strength of this sign.
I’X It means the jaguar and the tiger, the female energy and power cats. Represents the woman and the Mayan altar. Is the energy that protects the hills, plains and mountains.
Q’ANIL Means seed, life and creation. Creation of the universe especially the life of Mother Nature. It is a day to pray for life and germination to start, restart or regain something lost.
TZ’IKIN It means bird guardian of liberty, the messenger, the treasure, luck and money. This is the best day for love, asking for material and spiritual abundance, both in particular and in the community.
August AJMAQ night and first light. Is land, spirit and ancient wisdom of grandparents. Itistheconsciousness and theexternalenergy.
AQ’AB’AL It means the dawn and dusk, light and darkness. It is a sign of renewal, of opportunities, duality. This day is to ask for clarity, new opportunities, renewal of life and seek stability
NO’J It symbolizes the movement of heaven and earth, cave or cavern, mass, power, intelligence or wisdom, but also the ideas and thoughts, brain, motion and earthquake. Suitabletoaskforclarity and fairdecisions.
K’AT It means fishing net and keep ears, also symbolizes the tangles and problems. Auspicious day to untangle a problem or issue and ask for wealth.
TIJAX It means the obsidian knife, the double-edged sword, strength and power of the warrior, dramatic, the suffering, the revelations by fleeting images, the power of thunder, lightning.
KAN Means feathered serpent. It is the movement, creator and trainer of the universe, human evolution, spiritual development, justice, truth, intelligence and peace.
KAWOQ It means the strength of unity, consciousness expansion, cosmic plan development, growth, fertility, energy for spiritual and material abundance. Itsymbolizesthewoman, wife, spiritual HolyRod AJPU Day of the greatness of the life force. Regenerative force of the cycle of life. They are great hunters, safe and accurate. This day is suitable for reliability, safety, value and energy to overcome obstacles. IMOX It means the essence of our consciousness, our mind. The left side, the subtle part of man, sensitivity, the unusual, the eccentric, the alligator or Crocodile Rivers. Thespirit of the rain. IQ’ It symbolizes the spirit of life, lightning, tempest, currents of air, the cleanliness and purity of the crystal. This day the wind was born and so did life. It is the
KAME The only sure and certain: we are all born and one day return to the source. Death to the Mayan world is a beneficent power. Special day for contact with the ancestors. KEJ Means deer. These are the four pillars supporting the sky and earth, four corners, the four roads. Is knowledge power through physical existence. Harmony is the greatest strength of this sign. Q’ANIL Means seed, life and creation. Creation of the universe especially the life of Mother Nature. It is a day to pray for life and germination to start, restart or regain something lost. TOJ Tojil means, deity of the Sun, offering or paying fines. It is the fire of the spirit of Ajaw. Leveling with justice, life and hope. Day to pay for our lives, and to deliver the benefits of the negative.
How to cook it Ingredients: Servings: 1 lb grated cheese (i use a mexican blend or a cheddar also works well) 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups milk 1/2 cup flour 1 (8 ounce) can whole green chilies Change Measurements: US | Metric Directions: Prep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 1/4 hr 1 Mix the milk, eggs, salt,pepper,and flour. 2 Spray a pan (9x13) with a nonstick cooking spray. 3 layer chilies, then the mixture made in step 1, then the cheese. 4 Continue this order until you run our of ingredients and put EXTRA cheese on the top! 5 Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. 6 Allow about 10 minutes before serving!
Ingredients • 1 cup flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • Pinch of salt • 1 cup water • ¼ pound butter • 3 eggs • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying Procedure 1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 2. Combine the water and butter in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil. 3. Remove from heat, and use a wooden spoon to mix in the flour mixture. 4. Mix in the eggs, 1 at a time. 5. Heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium to high heat. 6. Shape the batter into balls about the size of a golf ball. 7. Carefully slip them into the oil. 8. Be sure not to crowd the skillet (cook separate batches, if necessary). 9. Using the wooden spoon, keep moving the bunuelos around so they will puff up and brown evenly. 10. When golden brown, remove them to a plate lined with paper towels. 11. Top with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, or serve with a side of honey. 12. Serve warm. Makes about 30 bunuelos.