Category: Central America

Cafe, S’il Vous Plaît – Cultivating Coffee in Guatemala

Eduardo, somewhat of a rugged teddy bear figure, and Mercedes, a cowboy hat-wearing peanut and coffee farming master, gave us the quintessential coffee rundown of our partner, As Green As It Gets. In the most patient and knowledgeable manner, Eduardo and Mercedes took us through everything from coffee types to harvest seasons to cultivating steps. By the time they finished their lesson, we could’ve farmed our own cuerda of coffee, having all the necessary tools minus the raw experience.

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Every Step Counts

If you read our last blog post, you´d remember that our week was tiring to say the least. In addition to our regular activities, we also made room for salsa lessons and a birthday celebration (happy birthday to OGGer Anna Marzsalek)! Perhaps the most fun

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La Cuiadad de Campeonetas

Xela, Xela, Xela!* The resounding repetition was our cue to hop on the chicken bus that would take us to quite possibly the cutest city in the whole world. Nine eager, ambitious and passionate participants had joined us just a day prior with a gleam

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Guatemala: The Land of Luv & Tortillas

Tzibal is a small indigenous village located about two kilometers from Campur in what I affectionately call Guatemala’s “egg carton hills” but don’t try to find it on a map. There are about 380 Q’eqchi’ residents who rely on the farming of coffee, cardamom, bananas,

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OG Goes Off the Grid

Having conquered Santa Maria everyone displayed a new determination and the calves to match, and seemed keen to stretch their new legs “off the grid”. So following our week in Xela OGG hooked up with Quetzaltrekkers again to undertake a week long trek across a

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What Glitters isn’t Gold

In 2010, repeated recommendations came from the international community to suspend Goldcorp’s controversial Marlin Mine in the North-Western highlands of Guatemala. The open-pit mine however, continues to operate. Its presence in the indigenous municipalities of San Miguel Ixtahuacán and Sipacapa continues to generate allegations of

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Xela Who?

Quetzaltenango, better known as Xela, is Guatemala’s second city and exemplifies the intersection of its colourful indigenous and ladino cultures. It was and remains a home away from home for me and plays host to an interesting variety of NGO’s, Spanish schools, and progressive intellectual

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