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How do we celebrate Christmas in Guatemala? Take a closer look at the Native Christmas Species
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How do we celebrate Christmas in Guatemala? Take a closer look at the Native Christmas Species

December is a particular month, full of joy and reflection on what has been accomplished during the year. The fruits and flowers stand out, with their colors and flavors making this season even more special. One of the signs that the end of the year has arrived in Guatemala is to look around and find…

Trees to admire today, the international day for the preservation of tropical forests
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Trees to admire today, the international day for the preservation of tropical forests

Tropical forests are all forests which are located in the tropics, or put in other words, closer to the equator line. They are generally characterized by higher temperatures, bigger amounts of rainfall, and particularly, broader biodiversity indexes. Taking into account that tropical forests are those that grow in the tropics, they can be classified according…

Guatemala’s wildlife is like no other and we should take care of it.
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Guatemala’s wildlife is like no other and we should take care of it.

Wildlife in Guatemala is unique, as in few places in the world. To better understand this, it is worth understanding the natural history of this country: Phallus indusiatus at Paso Caballos, PNLT. Photo by: Boris Llamas. August 2021.   Guatemala is located in between two broad continental masses that support almost every kind of ecosystem…

The Mesoamerican Christmas tree: Pinabete (Abies guatemalensis Rehder.)
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The Mesoamerican Christmas tree: Pinabete (Abies guatemalensis Rehder.)

Abies guatemalensis Rehder is a species of pine (family Pinaceae) that commonly receives the name of Pinabete, Romerillo, or Pinabete of Guatemala; In Mayan languages, ​​it is known as Pashaque, Tz’in chaj, Pajchac, and Paqtxaq (INAB & MARN, 2017; INAB, 2019). Its natural distribution includes México (Jalisco), Guatemala, El Salvador and part of Honduras (Lempira).…

Medicinal plants of Guatemala: An approach to ethnobotany
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Medicinal plants of Guatemala: An approach to ethnobotany

Guatemala is widely known for being a Megadiverse country in terms of its natural and cultural resources, but this diversity is not only special for its uniqueness, but also for the management that has been given to it. The native people of the country have inherited important knowledge about the uses of plants for generations.…

Maize: The most important crop for The Mayan Culture
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Maize: The most important crop for The Mayan Culture

It is estimated that, in Mesoamerica, agriculture could have occurred 9,000 or 10,000 years ago, approximately. This area, which covers the southern half of Mexico and part of Central America, has been considered one of the most important centers of plant domestication in the world due to the coexistence of extraordinary plant diversity and a…

Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?
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Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?

Ceiba is one of the largest trees in the tropics, measuring up to 70 meters high and its roots up to 5 meters deep. It is a tree that we can find in most places in the towns of Guatemala. It was declared a National Tree on March 8, 1955. It is also very common…

Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon
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Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon

During our exploration in boat on Yaxha Lagoon, Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, in the distance we noticed a light pink flower on the shore. While we were advancing we could see more and more of these flowers tangled in the water grass. Maybe a signal to get closer. When we stopped the boat a few moments…