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Volcan Santa María

Friday, November 14th, 2014
Volcán Santa María by Luis A. Hernández S.

Volcán Santa María by Luis A. Hernández S.

Thank you for excelent photo @luis.

The construction of the INVO

Friday, October 24th, 2014
The construction of the INVO

The construction of the INVO

On the 9th of February of 1853, an earthquake left the Sanctuary of San Nicolas (Ermita of San Nicolas) in a precarious situation. Therefore, the Order of the Jesuits, under the leadership of Father Ramon Posada, reconstructed and extended the Church of San Nicolas, having received the  grounds from don Isidro González y don Manuel Fuentes, prominent citizens who donated them to the Jesuits. The grounds extended from the current Rodolfo Robles Street and the 12th Avenue up to the 14th Avenue of zone 3, including the current football stadium Mario Camposeco and the gym Quetzalteco. The San José de Calasanz College was established there. After the Jesuit Order was expelled by Justo Rufino Barrios on the night of the 12the of August 1871, the next day the honorable municipality called for an emergency meeting and demanded the Jesuit installations for the establishment of a college.

But it is until the 7th of June that the properties of the Jesuits are confiscated by law and the 1st of July 1872 the College of the West is founded by mayor Don Valentin Escobar and endorsed on the 17th of June by Don Justo Rufino Barrios. The first director of the school was Don Anselmo Valdez and its first bachelor was Don Manuel Estrada Cabrera, who later during more than a decade was dictator of Guatemala.

The governmental decree of March 27 1873, established that from the production of the plantation confiscated to the Jesuits, 2000 pesos will be assigned to the construction of the assembly hall of the College of the West and the work started on the 5th of April 1873. On February 18th 1902, an earthquake destroyed the installations of the Institute and until 1913 it was located in the house of Don Eusebio Ibarra, between the 10th and 12th Avenues and the first street of Zone 1. The current building of the INVO started to be built on the 1st of April 1907; the tower in 1912. All together it was opened in January of 1914. The architects in charge of the work were Carmen Rimola and Mariano Guerrero; the head of construction was Don Agatón Boj. In 1915, mayor Mariano López Pacheco donated the National Pavalion, which is still preserved on the civil altar of the institute.


Tunnel Zunil 1925

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Tunnel Zunil 1925

Tunnel Zunil 1925

This photo was taken in 1925 when the opening of the tunnel Zunil initiated.

Believers Attend Transfer of Quetzaltenango’s Chief Patron

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Believers Attend Transfer of Quetzaltenango's Chief Patron -Photo by Jaquelin Mejía-

Believers Attend Transfer of Quetzaltenango’s Chief Patron -Photo by Jaquelin Mejía-

Thousands of local believers gathered yesterday to accompany their patron “Virgen del Rosario” (Virgen of Rosary) to the main altar in the local Cathedral. She made her way through applauses, flowers and fireworks that believers bring for her. This activity takes place on the last thursday of September and it’s the first one that leads a week of activities in honor of “Virgen del Rosario”

Text Translate: Nadia Peláez

Ready to snowboard in Guatemala?

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Ready to snowboard in Guatemala? by José Moreno


Here’s the Santa Maria volcano foggy, but that was not the most amazing thing happened in Guatemala, rainy days in May and never begin in January, and today we had a lot of magic rain, and elsewhere callus snow! if you are reading it right, SNOW! so if you are looking for destinations with snow can begin adding;-) Guatemala.

The photos shown in the gallery were taken in Ixchiguán, San Marcos, here you can find the full article of this historic event. @climaya

Aquí podemos ver el volcán Santa María con mucha niebla, pero eso no fue lo mas increible que paso en guatemala, los dias de lluvia empiezan en mayo y nunca en enero, y hoy por magia tuvimos mucha lluvia, y en otros lugares callo nieve! si usted esta leyendo bien, NIEVE! asi que si busca destinos turísticos con nieve puede empezar a agregar a Guatemala ;-).

Las fotos que mostramos en la galería fueron tomadas en Ixchiguán, San Marcos, aqui pueden encontrar el artículo completo de este acontecimiento histórico. @climaya

Volcan de Fuego

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Volcan de Fuego by Jose Moreno

The big news today was the constan eruption of Volcan de Fuego, near Antigua, where up to 33,000 people were evacuated because of the ash and potential lava flows in surrounding villages. What you see here is the sky in Xela this afternoon, as captured by guest contributor Jose Moreno; the brown mixed in with the usual white, fluffy clouds is ash from the volcano.


Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Breathtaking by Sergio Dominguez

This may be one of the most stunning and truly breathtaking shots I have ever seen of Xela. And yes, it REALLY is that beautiful here. It is.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Afternoon in Xela

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Afternoon in Xela by Jose Moreno

Exactly that. Tan linda. Thanks to guest contributor Jose Moreno, for such an amazing shot.

What to Do – Reader Photo

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

What to Do - Salvino Terranova

So many of us have incredibly busy lives, I am often thankful for the moments of downtime that I have. Then again, I think we all know the feeling of boredom that can come over us when we aren’t in constant motion. This makes me think of the many vendors in the markets all over town, that have a lot of downtime. Of course they have busy hours of the day, when they hopefully sell much of what they have to offer. But also, they must have hours of time when there is nothing to do. My friends make fun of me for keeping my old phone only because it has Tetris on it, but I bet you that a few of these market vendors totally understand why I would.

Photo sent in by reader Salvino Terranova.

Windows and Doors

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Windows and Doors by Jose Moreno

Windows and doors give us a possibility of going “inside”…or outside for that matter. I read a very good quote the other day that said, that God often closes a door and opens a window, but we look so long at the closed door, we don’t even SEE the open window. Ahhh, sage advice.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Trecherous Roads

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Trecherous Roads by Jose Moreno

The roads in Xela, especially in the core are known for being beautiful and hilly and cobblestone and….dangerous. It just gives me even more appreciation for the lovely women here who wear heels all day long!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

A New Angle

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A New Angle by Jose Moreno

My apologies, I am not sure quite what happened…I posted for Thursday and Friday and came online this morning to see that NOTHING had been posted. Sorry faithful readers 🙁

I particularly love this shot by guest contributor Jose Moreno and the unusual angle from which it was shot. Can anyone guess where this photo was taken from? Jose, don’t give it away too quickly!

A New Angle

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

A New Angle by Jose Moreno

I quite like this angle of the Cathedral {shot taken by guest contributor Jose Moreno}…and I am trying to figure out where it was taken from. Jose, don’t tell us quite yet…does anyone have any guesses where this was shot from?

Gringo Corner – Reader Photo!!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Gringo Corner - Manolo Escobar

This classic shot of el centro was taken and sent in by reader Manolo Escobar. I dubbed it the “gringo corner” because this is the most likely place to run into every possible tourist in Xela, perphaps even more than the park. Located on 13 Avenida, in-between the Rapi Servicio laundromat, Dispensa and El Cuartito, this is the place to be if you need to meet up with a tourist who is new to Xela.

Cotton Candy in the Sky

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Cotton Candy in the Sky by Sergio Dominguez

I still hold by the fact that Xela has some of the most beautiful skies I have ever seen. And I think this shot by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez just adds weight to my argument 😉