Tell us a history

Monday, October 20, 2014 | by
New History

New History

We have no story to tell about this photograph so we leave it to your creativity.

La Ciénaga

Sunday, October 19, 2014 | by
La ciénaga

La ciénaga

After the fair was held in “Cerro El Baul” for many years it was re located to “La Ciénaga” Neighborhood in zone 2. You can see  a chest figure of Justo Rufino Barrios, that was then transferred to “El Calvario” and is currently in the Municipal Police Office.

The 1930’s

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | by
The 1930's

The 1930’s

In this photograph we can see how “Cerro El Baul” looked like back in the 1930 decade, when the local fair was held there. The indigenous queens were crowned there too. You can also ser the original state of the “Obelisco del Tigre”.  The only means of transportation was wagon pulled by horses or calves.

Question

Friday, October 17, 2014 | by
Question

Question

The volcano on the background should give you a clue on where this photo was taken.

Bank Street

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | by
Bank Street

Bank Street

This photograph was taken on 13th Avenue zone 1 after the earthquake in 1902. The S.A.T. building currently stands in that location.

Text translate: Nadia Peláez

Alamo buses

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | by
Alamo Buses

Alamo Buses

In this serie of photographs we are going to let you in on the history of how Xelajú was settled. Please feel free to share any stories that you might know in regards of the photos.

We don’t know exactly when this picture was taken, but it shows the first buses of the “Galgos” (Greyhound) bus company.

Lleve su fruta

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | by
Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Market place and bus terminal all in one! Visited by locals and foreigners, it’s the perfect place to find all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables amongst other things. And if you feel like a trip after shopping you can take a chicken bus from here to any spot in Guatemala!

Text translate: Nadia Peláez

Leave your bike arround the central park

Monday, October 13, 2014 | by
Leve your bike arround the central park -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Leave your bike arround the central park -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

The narrow streets of Xela are welcoming for those who like cycling, it’s a faster way to get around in town and enviroment friendly aswell. You can leave your bikes here and walk around Central Park, where you can find almost everything you want!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Market place, a really low cost

Sunday, October 12, 2014 | by
Market -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Market -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

When walking around in Xela you’ll see many spots like this one, where you can find all kinds of basic grains amongs other things. Most of it is local products at a very low cost!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Municipal theater, perfect for a weeding photo sesions

Saturday, October 11, 2014 | by
Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Municipal theater -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

This is “Teatro municipal” the departamental theater. Where a variety of events take place like local High School graduations, to ballets and international concerts. Its beautiful design invite newly weds to take photos in its surroundings so don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of a photo shoot! It’s only a few blocks away from Central Park so you can add it to your walkable tour!

Text: Nadia Peláez

What these old structures tell you

Friday, October 10, 2014 | by
what these old structures tell you! -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

what these old structures tell you! -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Maybe it’s just me , but it seems to me as if this door has so many stories to be told. Its colors and texture somehow transmit the cold feeling of a sad goodbye. Take a minute of your day when your day when you’re in Xela and tell us what these old structures tell you!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Centro Histórico

Thursday, October 9, 2014 | by
Centro Histórico -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

Centro Histórico -Photo by Marieke Smulders

Don’t let appearences fool you! Even if it seems as if these houses are abandoned there is a is a special group designated by local authorities that have to authorize any modifiication done to the outside of these houses in order to maintain a colonial touch un Xela’s “Centro Histórico” . Many of these houses have been completly modernized on the inside! We invite you to take a look!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Old Shoes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | by
Old Shooes -Photo by Mariek Smulders-

Old Shooes -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

In Xela the electrical supply is still provided through wires that go all accross town, it is common to see old shoes hanging from them, this is supposed to have different meanings, have you heard any stories about them? Feel free to share them with us!

Text: Nadia Peláez

Cerro Quemado Excursion

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | by

Cerro Quemado -Photo by Marieke Smulders-

These photos were sent to us by a really good friend, Marieke Smulders, she took a hike to “Cerro Quemado” where you can find a great view of Quetzaltenango! It is also known as “Almolonga’s Volcano” or “La Muela”, it is formed of rocks and dried lava mainly, it’s last recorded eruption was in 1818. From its highest point we can enjoy a view of “Santa Maria” volcano and the “Siete Orejas”.

Photo: Nadia Pelaez

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Cevichito time

Monday, October 6, 2014 | by
Cevichito Time -Photo by José Moreno-

Cevichito Time -Photo by José Moreno-

Cevichito time! Shrimp, oisters, tomatoes, onions, soy sauce, spicy peppers and so much more! The perfect combination!! CEVICHE!!!

Text Translate: Nadia Peláez