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Volcanos Gagxanul or Santa María (left) and Catinocjuyup or Cerro Quemado. Usually in Guatemala the volcanos has two names, One of Mayan origin and other placed by the Spaniards during the colony.  Salcaja, Quetzaltenango Landscape

Volcanos Gagxanul or Santa María (left) and Catinocjuyup or Cerro Quemado. Usually in Guatemala the volcanos has two names, One of Mayan origin and other placed by the Spaniards during the colony. Salcaja, Quetzaltenango Landscape

Livingston (Guatemala) going here in 75 days... New places and new faces.

Livingston (Guatemala) going here in 75 days... New places and new faces.

The top 9 reasons to drop everything and visit Guatemala right now @Gadling: "6. Volcan Santiaguito. The guidebooks give Santiaguito only a brief mention, if they discuss it at all, but this might have been my favorite place in all of Guatemala. Also my least favorite. The hike to this highly-active volcano, which erupts about every 45 minutes, is easily the hardest thing I've done in my life...On the other hand, wow..."

The top 9 reasons to drop everything and visit Guatemala right now @Gadling: "6. Volcan Santiaguito. The guidebooks give Santiaguito only a brief mention, if they discuss it at all, but this might have been my favorite place in all of Guatemala. Also my least favorite. The hike to this highly-active volcano, which erupts about every 45 minutes, is easily the hardest thing I've done in my life...On the other hand, wow..."

Our current Protecting Our Planet foundation is Semilla Nueva. Semilla Nueva teaches responsible stewardship of our resources by developing a locally-led farmer education programs to rebuild the soils, improve nutrition, increase income from crops, and improve the food security of Guatemala’s rural poor.

Our current Protecting Our Planet foundation is Semilla Nueva. Semilla Nueva teaches responsible stewardship of our resources by developing a locally-led farmer education programs to rebuild the soils, improve nutrition, increase income from crops, and improve the food security of Guatemala’s rural poor.

Solola, Guatemala - Most of the weaving of the textiles we use takes place in Guatemala's highlands, where handmade products represent a very important economic activity.

Solola, Guatemala - Most of the weaving of the textiles we use takes place in Guatemala's highlands, where handmade products represent a very important economic activity.

Livingston, Guatemala: View from the dock

Livingston, Guatemala: View from the dock

Colorado Vacation Rental - VRBO 390565 - End of the Road Ranch - Secluded Setting, Spectacular Scenery

End of the Road Ranch: Secluded Setting, Spectacular Scenery, Truly Unique

Colorado Vacation Rental - VRBO 390565 - End of the Road Ranch - Secluded Setting, Spectacular Scenery

La Quema del Diablo, Guatemala - This ceremonial “Burning of the Devil” is a prelude to the Guatemalan Christmas and probably a remnant from pre-Christian Mayan days. Because the devil and other evil spirits are believed to dwell in the dark, dirty corners of your home, residents are supposed to sweep up, collect garbage, and amass everything in a huge pile outside. After an effigy of the devil is placed on top, the whole thing is lit on fire, ensuring a devil-free Christmas season.

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La Quema del Diablo, Guatemala - This ceremonial “Burning of the Devil” is a prelude to the Guatemalan Christmas and probably a remnant from pre-Christian Mayan days. Because the devil and other evil spirits are believed to dwell in the dark, dirty corners of your home, residents are supposed to sweep up, collect garbage, and amass everything in a huge pile outside. After an effigy of the devil is placed on top, the whole thing is lit on fire, ensuring a devil-free Christmas season.

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