Although most Guatemalans use this holiday as an excuse to visit the beach, there are still some major Santa Semana festivals in the city. Pretty much the whole city shuts down for 5 days and for those who do not leave, this is the only entertainment.
Guatemala is famous for it´s mangoes, i found this couple of young guys selling them in wheelbarrows in zone 1 (Downtown). They posed for the pictures, and i gave them a copy of the pictures (there was a Kodak store next) and they gave me with smiles and jokes a free big bag of delicious mangoes. These are the kind of things that you won´t find in the new "posh" Zona Viva (zone 10).
Pollo Campero (Country Chicken) is the local chicken chain, it's awesome!
Similar to KFC but has its very own distinct flavour.
Pollo Campero began in 1971. Nowadays, it has more than 200 restaurants in Guatemala and in 8 other Latinamerican countries and the U.S.
There is a high degree of culture and sophistication in Guatemala City. The National Theater, the city’s most impressive modern building with its angled, pyramid shape, has a seating capacity for 2,020. The Gallery of the National School of Fine Arts, the National Museum of History and Anthropology, the Museum of Modern Art and the lxchel Museum of Indian Costumes are among a few of the more interesting places to visit. This are several different shots of the National Theater.
Guatemala City has an active cultural life throughout the year. Most of the country's museums are to be found here. There are also more than 30 galleries showing Guatemalan artists in painting, photography, engraving and sculpture. Theaters present a wide range of plays, especially national playwrights. This is a picture of the National Museum.
Native visitors to Tikal are very friendly. This grandmother had no hesitation when asked to pose for a picture. Family groups make it a day with little girls and women dressed in beautiful native dresses.
If you are walking around Downtown, you will find a lot of people selling hand made ice creams in mobile carts, you can hear them by the sound of their bells.
Is very common to find a fruit stall on every corner of each street in Guatemala´s Downtown. Mangoes, Pineapples, papayas and other exotic fruits peeled in front of you. Great.
I ran across this procession by accident as I was walking back to my hotel. It included some very unique pilgrim costumes.