Looking trough my trips in Central-america I found this pictures that show Copan. It is just off the border with Guatemala and was the capital city of the Mayan Classic Period from the 5th to 9th centuries AD.
As you can see, the rock engraving is more complex than in Tikal and
This is your last chance to vote for #Tikal: "The 8th Wonder of the World" @virtualTourist_ #Guatemala
This is your last chance to vote for the most beautiful ruins in Mesoamerica.
#Tikal is the city of echoes and it deserves international recognition.
The Mayans were a great civilization, they were the best engineers in the world (invented the aqueducts, calculated the most accurate solar calendar and studied astronomy in #Guatemala)
Why should you vote for Tikal? Because it is is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization and it stands tall and proud today!
Help Guatemala be famous and give us your vote before September 30th.
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Children learning with laptops. Li Ch'utam
Five billion people can’t use the Internet. Aleph Molinari empowers the digitally excluded by giving them access to computers and the know-how to use them.
In Guatemala that is no exception and a non profit ofganization, LICHUTAM, is looking for functional laptops to help the children learn.
If you have an old computer, don't trow it away, we can pick up computers in France, Germany, UK, and of course Guatemala!
Please Share this page if you have IT/computer friendly friends!
Thanks a million!!!
Li Ch'utam Guatemala is a Non-Profit OrganisationLi Ch'utam translates from Q'eqchi into d"Bringing together, Meeting".
Me hiking under 40 degrees!
I was pleased to read this morning about this article by Lonely Planet:
Tikal is #1 of the "10 Best Things to Climb in the world!"
They researched over 1,000 ultimate experiences and Tikal came out #1!!!!
Followed by Namibia, Argentina, Scotland, Hawaii, Siria, Peru, India, Australia and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!!!
wow, so if you live in Guatemala or never been there, take 2013 to put Tikal in your #1 list of wish travelling and make it happen!
I did the sunrise tour, woke up at 3 am and seen the perfect sun raising from the Jungle as howling monkeys woke up to start the most amazing jungle concert I have ever imagined. I can still picture all our group sitting on Temple VI feeling the amazing energy of the Mayan civilization and speechless for the natural richness that surrounded us.
See the full article in:
When the Spanish Conquered Guatemala, they gave us two things:
a new race (mestizos) and Christianity.
The story tells the the Virgin show Herself to a peasant called Juan Diego. When the Archbishop ask him for proof, he went to a hill and collected roses (not a native flower). When the roses fell of his cloak, the face of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted. This image is still preserved in Mexico City.
Since I was little, I remember 12 of December was the day to dress up as a Mayan girl. With my "Guipil" and "Corte" it seemed normal to dress up as a Mayan and head down town Guatemala city to honour Our lady of Guadalupe. The streets would be filled with traditional sweets and colour candles and the festivities lasted all day. But the rest of the year the Mayans would be treated differently.
Now I live in England, I am learning to give value to our indigenous roots and to challenge division of classes.
I want my daughter to learn about traditions in Guatemala and to feel proud of her Mayan blood.
I moved to Weston Super Mare this year and someone asked me in the street:
So where are you from?
and I said:
"no, no... I am from Gua-te-ma-la". ;)
But where is Guatemala? is it Sudamerica?
We call Central America to 6 countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa rica and Panama. The rest is South america.
My country Guatemala is 5,300 miles away and its 84% the size of England. Unbelievable? I guess... We might be tinny in comparison to our neighbor Mexico, but we are big in culture and nature!!!
Guatemala has 23 Mayan languages besides Spanish and if you wonder if they were abducted by the aliens... think again!
When you travel outside the city you can see all the descendants of the great Mayan civilization.
Lake Atitlan is surrounded by 12 towns all with different color outfits that identify them individually. The colors are amazing!
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