Botanical garden Guatemala City | GuatexplorerIt took me a while to figure out where the botanical garden in Guatemala City was. I was even suspecting that a country that looks like a botanical garden doesn’t need an urban one. Additionally, Guatemalan botanists are very humble, so to find them you need a large-scale operation here. In the end, there I was, in front of the garden gate on the edge of the Zone 10 of the City.

post01Famous Guatemalan earthquake from 1976 “cleaned” the historical center of Guatemala City. It looks like it swept the buildings with a lower value and opened space for new construction. This sad event was just one of the causes of today look of the Zone 1; other natural and social turmoils also left their marks in this area.

pasos03Every Sunday in Guatemala City some avenues are closed for traffic. It usually takes place between 8 am and 2 pm. Locals call those places “Pasos y pedales” (pedestrians and cyclists). You can enjoy many activities like skateboarding school, Tai-chi classes, traffic security program, firefighter presentations, on occasion free concerts. There are many street vendors, some of whom are citizens trying to sell dog puppies. Most of the citizens enjoy walks or exercising.

But in last year more and more people with their dogs are taking over those closed streets; here you can see the taste of Guatemalans when it comes to dog breeds. They even offer you free dog training courses. It looks that behind the secured walls of family houses and apartments there is rich and vivid canine life that we never knew of. Until now.

elportalito02El Portalito is a traditional bar in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The bar opened in the 1940s and is located in the Pasaje Rubio, on the sixth avenue just near to the Main Plaza. The bar is noted for its wood furnishings and traditional marimba music during the evenings. The specialties of the bar are pigeons in sherry, and light, dark, or mixed beers.

Coban CalvarioFounded on August 4, 1543, Coban is the capital of Alta Verapaz district. Situated on 1,320 m (4,330 ft), and with around 100 thousand inhabitants, it is a very pleasant place, with nature resembling a bit to some parts of Europe. That is the secret of a strong German presence in this area since immigrants found Coban to be alike to the landscapes they were used to.

There are several interpretations of the origin of the name; one of which is Cob An (foggy place in Q’eqchi language). In 1599 Cobán became bishop’s see. The Ferrocarril Verapaz, a railway which connected Cobán with Lake Izabal, operated from 1895 until 1963 and was a symbol of the wealth in this coffee-growing region those days.

retalhuleu 015The city of Retalhuleu is in south-western Guatemala. It is the departmental seat of Retalhuleu department as well as the municipal seat of Retalhuleu municipality.

Retalhuleu stands at about 240 meters above sea level. In 2003 the city had a population of about 40,000 people. Locally it is nicknamed “Reu”.

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