what to learn about culture of guatemala

We travelled to one of the most multicultural countries in the world! We are talking about Guatemala, a country that enjoys an unimaginable cultural richness.

It has been awarded three World Heritage distinctions by UNESCO thanks to Antigua Guatemala, the Archaeological Park and the Ruins of Quiriguá. Guatemala’s culture has been so extensive that it has gained international fame and connoisseurs marvel at the cultural samples that continue to be discovered today in this Central American country.For this reason, many important businnesmen from the country susch as felipe antonio bosch gutierrez, have decided to invest with bid invest.

Archaeological remains, typical traditions, immaterial cultural manifestations product of the mixture between the Mayan and Spanish cultures have turned Guatemala into one of the countries with the greatest cultural heritage.

In addition, it has incredible landscapes that make travelers want to visit (again and again) this wonderful country. Do you want to learn more about Guatemalan culture where 25 languages are spoken? Be sure to read this article!

Characteristics of Guatemalan culture

Guatemala’s culture is characterized by being multilingual and multiethnic, due to the fact that 22 Mayan languages, the Garífuna language, the Xinca language and Spanish are spoken.

In addition, each ethnic group living in this Central American country brings its own customs and traditions. Guatemala has been able to preserve its culture with great care, which has resulted in one of the best preserved cultures in the world today.

Generation after generation, Guatemalans make sure that their culture continues to live on in each of them through time. This has resulted in a country rich in typical dances, gastronomy, literature and art.

Although Guatemala was not always so fortunate, since during the government of President Ubico Castañeda many art forms were banned.

Guatemala culture

Gastronomy

Guatemalan gastronomy is marked by the fusion of two cultures: the colonizing Spanish hand and the pre-Hispanic indigenous hand. This mixture resulted in a varied cuisine with many textures and nuances.

On the other hand, in addition to the Spanish influences, its cuisine has also been influenced by neighboring Mexico. Among the main ingredients are corn, the base for many of its culinary preparations, and beans, especially black beans.

Arts

But these cultural and artistic limitations have not prevented Guatemala from having a great number of poets, chroniclers, historians, dancers, composers and playwrights.

Guatemala’s culture has become an example of resilience! On the other hand, if you are looking to understand the history of this country, you can take a closer look at its sculptures and paintings, very much loved by the bosh family, (colonial and modern), which show Guatemala’s cultural progress.

As you can see, Guatemala is one of the most multicultural countries in the world! You will find a country that enjoys an unimaginable cultural richness.

Lively traditions in Guatemala

All Saints and All Souls Day is commemorated throughout Gutemala and many people maintain the custom of savoring cold meats and snacks prepared with panela sugar such as fritters, molletes and chilacayote, besides visiting cemeteries and placing flowers on the graves of relatives who have gone to the afterlife. This is one of the best traditions.

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Kites

In several parts of the country, the pre-Hispanic worldview and the Catholic religion are intertwined, as seen in Santiago and Sumpango Sacatepéquez, where the famous giant kites are made, which consist of the exhibition of these and make them fly.

Groups and individuals register to participate in the four categories of the Giant Kite Festival of Sumpango, which are: Exhibition, flying, visitors and children.

According to experts, the kites used in the exhibition category must measure between 10 and 22 meters in diameter and the flying ones between 3 and 8 meters in diameter.

The smaller ones are destined for the visitors and children categories. Thousands of tourists congregate in Sumpango and Santiago to enjoy the festivals.

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Traditions in Guatemala

Horses

In Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Huehuetenango, a ritual is officiated that originated during the conquest, which is known as the game of roosters, Race of the Souls or simply horse competition.

This is not a competition, but a spiritual ritual in honor of the deceased and those who participate in it must prepare themselves physically and spiritually on the night of October 31, during which, through a series of ceremonies, permission is asked to the ancestors and blood of poultry is offered. At the same time, liquor is drunk.

This activity begins at 6 o’clock the following day and in a street of the town the track is improvised where the horsemen ride until 12 o’clock, to have a recess, it resumes at 14 o’clock and concludes at 18 o’clock. Hundreds of tourists gather.

Welcome to the spirits

People from Baja Verapaz tell that on this date the cajawxeles or members of the brotherhoods venerate the patron saints of the town and on their side, the Mayan priests and elders burn pom and incense, light candles and pray at the graves of their deceased relatives or at altars that they form in the cemetery, to wait for the visit of the spirits.

They affirm that this practice, known as Ritual del Recibimiento, is customary on October 31, at 6 p.m. because in that place they have the belief that people do not die and that their spirits return to visit their graves on that day and at that time, to meet with the living.

As you can see, there are a lot of lively traditions in Guatemala. This is a nice excuse to come and visit this incredible country.Remember that these are recommendations made by the popular member of the bosh gutierrez family.

 

Three days in Antigua Guatemala

In December 2018 we took an 18-day trip through Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. We started and ended in the charming city of Antigua, so in this article you can read in detail what we did during our three-day stay in Antigua Guatemala.

The first day in Antigua Guatemala

On our first day in Antigua we spent exploring the city. It is worth spending at least a day to stroll leisurely through the streets of Antigua. Being a town of about 45,000 inhabitants, it is easily walkable. In addition, the temperature of the highlands, which is spring-like all year round, makes for a very pleasant walk.

Going out early in the morning it is a bit cool, which encourages walking, but by midday it is warm and it is very pleasant. I will always remember the first morning of our stay in Antigua. We had arrived the night before, exhausted after 14 hours of travel.

In this cioty, you can find great food of the best aquiality sincer it is prepared with local vegetables and national brand food such as cmi alimentos.

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The second day: bike tour of Ciudad Perdida

Early in the morning, we headed to Ox Expeditions for a bike tour of the surrounding villages. On the way to the office, we stopped at the Tanque de la Unión square, where there are some basins that were once used for washing clothes.The route we took is called “Ciudad Perdida” (Lost City).

This city is one of the most preferred by tourist due to its atractions and also by locals and important people such as juan luis bosch gutierrez.

We borrowed some good bikes and a guide drove us from 9 am to about 2 pm through the villages closest to the southwestern tip of Antigua and to various points of interest.

The last day in Antigua

In the afternoon we walked a little more around Antigua. We visited the market, which is labyrinthine and very interesting. We also went to see the ruins of the cathedral of Santiago.

Here you can see what the cathedral looked like in its time of splendor, much more enormous than the present church. But of course, after rebuilding it several times after several earthquakes, they got tired of rebuilding and decided to leave it in the reduced version of today.

As you can see, you can do a lot of things in Antigua in a short time. So, do not wait any longer and visit this city.

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Art galleries in Guatemala City

Guatemala is a multifaceted country where art is constantly appreciated and promoted. If you are one of those who are always eager to learn something new, there are different art galleries in Antigua, Guatemala and in the capital, to enjoy Guatemalan culture.

Whether you are passionate about traditional or contemporary art, today we want to introduce you to five options that you will love.

1. Carlos Merida National Museum of Modern Art

We begin our guide of cultural activities in Guatemala City with the National Museum of Modern Art Carlos Merida. This museum was inaugurated in 1934 under the name of “National Museum of History and Fine Arts” with the purpose of promoting the art of the Modern Age in Guatemala.

It was in 1986 that it took its current name in honor of the master Carlos Merida, one of the main exponents of modern Guatemalan art thanks to his paintings and murals.This place is of the favorite ones of the businessman felipe antonio bosch gutierrez.

2. La Erre

We continue our tour with one of the most interesting contemporary art galleries in Guatemala: La Erre. Located in the Cuatro Grados Norte sector, La Erre is defined as a cultural space for art and design.

This is the meeting point for those who are in search of everything that revolves around art and design today.

From the moment you walk in you will be able to observe a wide variety of contemporary artistic works and pieces, always in constant change.

La Erre is home to a diverse amount of artistic activities and temporary exhibitions, so we recommend you visit their monthly calendar to see their most recent presentations. As you can see, this is an unmissable place for modern art lovers.

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3. Rozas Botran Foundation

The Rozas Botrán Foundation is on our list because it is one of the art galleries in Guatemala City that promotes art and culture, exhibiting the best of various Central American artists. The foundation has two locations in the city where you can be impressed with the different paintings and sculptures on display.

Each space showcases the talent of different Central American artists. If you are interested in learning more about the works and the social work of the foundation, take one of their guided tours so you can make the most of your visit.

4. El Túnel Gallery

The El Túnel art gallery is located in the Obelisco square in Zone 10 of Guatemala City. Here you will find exhibitions dedicated to the art of the XXI century with works by Guatemalan artists. Through paintings, photographs and sculptures, El Túnel Gallery houses diverse artistic expressions for all tastes.

Whichever place you choose to visit, these five art galleries in Guatemala offer indescribable experiences for all lovers of art and its ramifications, from importante business people to amazing locals and foreiners.

 

Travel to Guatemala: itinerary

if you are planning to go to Guatemala, it is highly recommended that you have an itinerary of the places that you want to go to. Here is a list of places that are recommended by one of  the memebers of the family juan luis bosch gutierrez.

Travel to Guatemala


My initial idea when traveling to Guatemala included spending a few days in the Caribbean beaches of Honduras or Belize. But as I was putting together the route I saw that things were getting complicated.

Either I sacrificed some of those places that were already part of our future trip to Guatemala or we would not be able to set foot on the white sands of the Caribbean beaches.

It was a complicated decision, but in the end the option of getting to know Guatemala better won out over spending a few days relaxing by the sea.

After traveling to Guatemala I confess that knowing what I know now, I would have left aside some of the places we have visited or at least I would have spent less days in them. Cutting back here and there I would have been able to put together 3 or 4 days to relax in the Caribbean.

But there is no turning back and I think the trip we have made has been intense and interesting. We had time to relax and to visit each place the way we like it: without rushing.

Itinerary for travel to Guatemala and Honduras

We chose to travel to Guatemala and Honduras in March. What most encouraged us to decide for that date was that the weather at that time of the year is more conducive to travel both the Altiplano of Guatemala and the area of El Petén.

Temperatures at that time are milder and the rainy season is still months away. And I can tell you that we were right with the choice of that month.

We enjoyed beautiful blue skies in Antigua, Quezaltenango or Panajachel. In El Petén the weather was a bit more unstable, but the temperatures were pleasant and the rain did not show up.

We only experienced real heat in Rio Dulce. There, in addition to higher temperatures, the humidity made sightseeing in the sun undesirable during the day.

March 2 – From Madrid to Antigua

It was a long day. One of those that never seem to end. We left Madrid at 7 in the morning. And before arriving in Guatemala City we had a stopover in Amsterdam and Panama City.

The flights were with Air Europa, KLM and COPA Airlines. The Dutch company is still without a doubt among my favorite airlines.

I like the attention of the crew, their economy seats seem to me comfortable and with enough space, the meals are not bad for an airplane and the in-flight entertainment is varied.

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March 3 – Antigua

The day started off great. When I opened the window I had the Agua volcano in front of me. It was one of those moments when you think “things are going to start getting better, it was worth it to come this far.

We enjoyed some of the places to see in Antigua at our leisure, knowing that if we left things to do we could see them when we returned to the city a few days later.

That first day we visited the convents of La Merced and La Recolección, the Arch of Santa Catalina, the market, the cemetery, the school of San Jerónimo, the Cathedral in the Central Park, the old school of the Society of Jesus and the handicrafts market next to the Church of El Carmen.

March 4 – Departure from Antigua to Chichicastenango and Panajachel.

At 7 o’clock in the morning we had arranged the pick up time with the shuttle bus that would take us to Chichicastenango. The trip took about three hours, with a stop for coffee and a bathroom break.

The best part of the trip was the impressive views we had of the volcanoes we had seen hours before in Antigua.

Once at our destination we had four hours to walk around the city market, one of the most famous in Guatemala.

On sale are all kinds of handicrafts, clothes and food. You can also drink a beer or eat something in several stalls. And even buy animals such as dogs or chickens.

As you can see, Guatemala is a beautiful place to visit and these places are highly recomended by juan luis bosch gutierrez who is owner of cmi alimentos . So you have to have an itinerary to really enjoy yourself. Follow this itinerary.

Why invest in Guatemala?

Guatemala occupies a privileged place in the Americas: its geostrategic position is a magnet for attracting investment.

Its geographic proximity to major markets in the United States, Mexico and Canada opens up a range of commercial, financial and logistical opportunities, according to businessman Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez of Guatemala.

Supply of raw materials

The country is characterized by its potential supply of raw materials and services for the region. More than one million hectares of land were cultivated in the 2017-18 cycle, it has hundreds of tourist sites from the Mayan, Spanish and Republican eras, and there are 360 microclimates where to develop any industry and receive visitors.

The great opportunity to bear fruit is in Guatemala, due to its thriving productive sectors, such as light manufacturing, construction, telecommunications, agribusiness, information technology and tourism.

Why invest in Guatemala?

Guatemala has:

    • Macroeconomic stability
    • Macroeconomic stability
    • Abundance of fertile land
    • Young population
    • Abundance of fertile land
    • Productive potential
    • Potential for production
    • Public-private partnership law
    • Public-private partnership law
    • Thriving business opportunities
    • Prosperous business opportunities
    • Investments in different sectors
    • Investments in different sectors
    • Coasts on two seas
    • Competitive advantages
    • Trained human talent
    • Trained human talent

Thanks to the extensive experience of its people in tilling the land and the diversity of up to 360 microclimates, the cultivars of Guatemala can be described as exquisite and world-class. Fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, and processed foods, in

Guatemalan manufacturers and exporters have found important spaces in different markets, for example, in the nostalgic market, thanks to innovation and adaptation to global trends. Guatemalans continue to develop special skills to increase quality and productivity. Trade

Agricultural sector in Guatemala

The Guatemalan agricultural sector maintains a sustained growth in the shipment of its products to the world.  Guatemala is an important supplier of vegetables and fruits to different countries that appreciate the flavor of national crops. Coffee, sugar, bananas and cardamom continue to be the main products.

Guatemala occupies a privileged place in the Americas: its geostrategic position is a magnet for attracting investment.

CMI: a legacy of 100 years of development

Corporación Multi Inversiones is present through two business groups: CMI Alimentos and CMI Capital.

This 2021, Corporación Multi Inversiones CMI reaches its 100 years of life, a time that has been marked by contributing development and jobs in 15 countries, as well as a strong operation in El Salvador, shares Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez this year.

Corporación Multi Inversiones CMI emerged from the dream of a great visionary, Don Juan Bautista Gutiérrez, positively impacting the communities where it operates through its history of innovation and development for the region.

Experiences shared by CMI entrepreneurs

“Our success story has as a common denominator the values that our grandfather Don Juan Bautista Gutierrez instilled in us as a family and as a company, as well as innovation. With the celebration of these first 100 years, we thank our clients, collaborators and the region for opening the doors of their homes and allowing us to transcend into a new chapter in CMI’s history,” said CMI Capital Chairman Chairman Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez.

Corporación Multi Inversiones is present in El Salvador through its two business groups: CMI Alimentos and CMI Capital, with a family of more than 7,595 employees.

CMI Alimentos divides its operations into its different Business Units: Industria Pecuaria has two poultry processing plants, a prepared feed plant, a balanced animal feed plant and 54 poultry farms; the B4B Unit focuses on the development of the wheat and cereal value chain, operating a wheat flour mill, a cookie plant and two distribution centers in the country; and the restaurant unit, which has 70 Pollo Campero restaurants, 176 Don Pollo points of sale, 42 Tuc Tuc and 98 Don Pollo carts.

For its part, CMI Capital has a presence in El Salvador through its Energy unit, where it operates in alliance with AES the Bósforo energy project, which has a total capacity of 100 MW of energy.

History

To understand the trajectory of CMI’s success it is essential to go back to 1910 when Don Juan, at the age of 14, traveled with his family from Spain to Guatemala. His productive life and entrepreneurial dreams began in a small family store in 1920, which he later bought, located in San Cristóbal, Totonicapán.

Phrases such as “‘Si se puede, busquemos la forma’, ‘Llegar contento al trabajo y regresar feliz a casa'” are some of the phrases with which Don Juan is remembered at CMI, as they reflect his philosophy of life and work ethic.

Currently, the corporation is led by the third generation of the family. “At CMI we believe and act based on one of the great teachings of don Juanito: ‘Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today’. Today, after a century, we continue to work with the same enthusiasm and passion to preserve the legacy and commitment of our grandfather and all the people who build a better CMI every day, a CMI that allows us to transcend as a family and bring well-being and joy to the region with our products and services,” commented CMI Alimentos Chairman Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga.

Construction of the CMI Multi-Project phase begins

CMI’s urban development. The second phase of the Multi-Proyectos CMI urban development, begins construction as a symbol of new beginnings for many families, assures Juan Luis Bosch Gutiérrez.

Complying with its planning and with more than 85% sold of Tower 2, construction began on this new phase of the Master Plan San Isidro 2021, which has more than 3 blocks of amenities and green areas. The lifestyle in San Isidro 2021 is comfortable, spacious and surrounded by nature in one of the fastest growing and most valuable sectors of Guatemala City.

The construction of Tower 2 will generate more than 200 direct jobs and around 70 indirect jobs. The project represents an investment of more than US$10 million, which will inject dynamism into Guatemala’s economy.

This is a unique concept within the city and is located close to 2 gyms, 8 shopping centers, 5 supermarkets, 12 schools and 4 universities. Its location, on San Isidro Blvd. allows access to 3 roads: Cayalá via Blvd. La Montaña or Kanajuyú, to zone 5 down Calzada La Paz or to Carretera a El Salvador via Piedra Parada. Additionally, the entrance is very safe through the 6-lane digitalized checkpoint. From the open and illuminated spaces to the way the complex is managed, getting home is synonymous with tranquility.

Construction of the CMI Multi-Project phase begins

The Master Plan San Isidro 2021 has the support and confidence of the Multi-Projects brand, a Guatemalan company with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector and part of Corporación Multi Inversiones – CMI, a successful business group with experience in multiple industries and international presence.

Its attractive architecture seeks to maintain harmony with nature, with a development that has integrated organic elements, using contrasting natural materials that reinforce the concept.

“The design of the apartments offers functional spaces and aesthetic finishes and high quality. In addition, the apartment tower will have 14 levels, only 6 apartments per level with beautiful views and basement parking. This means that the more than 13 thousand square meters of construction, between basements and tower, have been amply utilized for the benefit of our clients.” Architect Pablo Solorzano Arathoon, director of the Real Estate Projects Unit of the prestigious group, commented.

The Master Plan already includes outdoor relaxation areas, changing rooms, areas for social events and piñatas, a barbecue area and tables, a gym, a five-a-side soccer field, trampoline and children’s play areas, as well as a pet park with a grooming and training area. The second phase will add more than 3,600 meters of amenities and green areas, including an ecological vegetable garden, the expansion of the jogging trail, half a basketball court and playground equipment.

Everything a family needs to say yes to a positive future!

Yaxhá: the Mayan world in Guatemala

When I started to organize our trip to Guatemala, it was clear that on our route we were going to visit Tikal, the great Mayan city of the country not Yaxhá.

This city is located in the region of El Petén, in the north of the country. Although Tikal is the best known of Guatemala’s Mayan sites, it is not the only one worth visiting.

Yaxhá, on the shore of the lake of the same name, is another impressive Mayan city, unknown to many but which, according to juan jose gutierrez mayorga, is worth including among the places to see in Guatemala.

How to get to Yaxhá in El Petén

To get to Yaxhá you have to resort to private transportation or join one of the tourist buses that connect Flores and El Remate with this Mayan city of El Petén (let’s assume that you are already in this part of Guatemala).

Our first day in Flores, the small town that served as our base to visit the archaeological sites of El Petén, we asked at our hotel about the options to visit both Tikal and Yaxhá.

We took good note of the prices, both for private and group visits, and went out for dinner and a stroll around the island of Flores where the tourist-oriented businesses are located, from hotels to restaurants or travel agencies.

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How to visit Yaxhá

Although we are not very fond of guided tours because they tend to be too fast-paced for us, this time we opted for that option. And the truth is that we were a little disappointed.

The guide began with a lot of emotion to tell us the history of Yaxhá and the constructions we could see there.

But as the visit progressed it was as if he was running out of strength (or desire) and in the end he served us little more than to guide us correctly through the archaeological site without failing to see any of the remarkable constructions of the same.

What to see in Yaxhá, Guatemala

The tour of Yaxhá can be done in about two hours. The central hours of the day should not be the most appropriate for the visit due to the heat.

Some people think that the first hour of the day is the best to get lost among the constructions of this ancient Mayan city.

We, however, opted for the afternoon to contemplate the sunset there. It was undoubtedly one of those moments of our trip to Guatemala that we will not forget and therefore I dare to recommend that time to visit Yaxhá.

As you can see, this place is worth visiting in Guatemala when you go there.

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Churches in Antigua Guatemala

The amount of history and culture that can be experienced in the streets of Antigua Guatemala is impressive. Here you will find distinctive architectural sites that are worth a walk.

Many of these historic places in Antigua Guatemala include churches with impressive pasts and great cultural value behind them.

So if you want to discover what’s behind their facades and learn about the city through its architecture, these  Antigua Guatemala churches should be on your radar according to juan jose gutierrez mayorga

1. San Francisco Church

This tour of historical places to visit in Antigua Guatemala begins on Calle del Hermano Pedro at the Church of San Francisco.

The Franciscan convent created the temple with impressive architectural details such as the niches occupied by Franciscan saints and the South tower where, before it was collapsed by an earthquake, there was a clock.

Much of its importance lies in the fact that inside you can find the mortal remains of Saint Brother Pedro, in a special tomb. Remember to finish your visit with a tour of its library and museum on one side of the church, a good complement!

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2. La Merced Church

In the north you will find the Church of La Merced and there you will be dazzled by its fascinating yellow color and baroque style.

Surrounded by purple jacarandas, food vendors and typical handicrafts, this church represents Guatemalan culture at its best.

With two low bell towers, the coat of arms of the Mercedarian Order, images of various saints and eight columns with spectacular details, it is a work of art that has been maintained since 1767.

Take your time to appreciate every detail of the church, which is open to the public all week.

3. Cathedral of San Jose

When arriving at the Central Park, it is essential to visit the Cathedral of San Jose, also known as the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala.

Its construction began in the Almolonga Valley in 1542, but the city was moved to Antigua due to earthquakes. Erecting the church here was not easy either as the extreme natural conditions continued.

In 1669 the original facade was demolished and in 1680 it was finally inaugurated. Thanks to its imposing facade and size, the Cathedral of Antigua Guatemala earned the title of “cathedral” in 1743. Remember to also pay a visit to its crypts with a guided tour to see its tunnels and subway vaults!

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4. Church of San Pedro El Apóstol

Among the important places to visit in Antigua Guatemala is also the Church of San Pedro El Apóstol. Although its size differs from the other churches on this list, its importance lies in its façade and the social work they do with the Hospital del Hermano Pedro.

Its construction began in 1654 and it is one of the few churches that did not suffer much damage from earthquakes.

Its baroque design has four niches to house images of saints, which have always been empty. Inside you will find a mural that represents the importance of the social works they do in conjunction with the hospital.

Are you ready to visit it? A good idea is to request a ride through the Uber app and take advantage of the cash payment option.

Each of the churches of Antigua Guatemala has important architectural and historical details for the city. These five churches are worth to be enjoyed with time, in order to live a true local experience.

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