Mayan Cities in Guatemala

Guatemala, Cradle of Maya Civilization, has an archeological wealth with monumental sites all over the country, which date back more than 3,500 years.

Let’s start with the periods of the Mayan Civilization. The experts in Archeology have learned that the Mayan Civilization is divided for its study in general chronological periods that vary according to the site:

Early Preclassic, Middle Preclassic, Late Preclasic, Protoclassic, Early Classic, Late Classic, Epiclassic or Terminal Preclássic (not all the experts agree on the name), Early Postclassic and Late Postclassic.

In Guatemala, the Mayans built one of the most refined civilizations of the world and history. Between the most important Mayan cities we can find The National Park El Mirador – Río Azul (Blue River) and Tikal National Park, this last one was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in in 1979. Read more…

Christmas season in Guatemala

We are in that time of the year, when the time passes faster. Guatemala is full with the Christmas spirit starting in November, not only the stores and malls are already all decorated for the season; people are more relaxed and joyful.

Guatemalans are very religious people, that is why all the religious celebrations are traditional in Guatemala and December is one of the most important months for celebrations. The starting point of the festivities in December and the Christmas season is “La Quema del Diablo” or the devil’s burning.

Devil piñata burning in Guatemala. (Photograph by Byron Mármol)

Devil piñata burning in Guatemala. (Photograph by Byron Mármol)

The devil’s burning has its base in the Immaculate Conception of Mary feast day, celebrated on December 8th. The devil’s burning starts at 6:00pm on December 7th, and is a magical/religious Guatemalan celebration; it coincides with the 9 months memorial of Mary and the Advent of Jesus. This ritual is symbol of spiritual clean up. At 6:00pm people set fire to all the trash that symbolizes all the bad fillings and impurity in their life. Read more…