Area Protegida Volcan Chicabal, Guatemala – Ted Campbell @NoHayBroncaBlog
Volcan and Laguna Chicabal – Guatemala – @NoHayBroncaBlog
“Wailing voices echo across the lake to where I sit on a bench, breaking open rambutans, small fruit the size of golf balls with hairy red peels. Three women bow down at the shore as they sing and pray, wearing the multicolored, woven dresses of Guatemalan Mayans. A man in jeans sits behind them and two small children quietly play. From about 50 yards away, I’m close enough to see, but I hope not close enough to be intrusive.
All I can understand from their songs and chants is Gracias Senor – thank you, Lord. A cloud gathers over the lake and rises up in a column, like a slow motion eruption of steam.
I start walking on the trail that goes around the lake. Wooden signs along the shore are written in a language that isn’t quite Spanish, messages about different Mayan gods and requests to take out your garbage. Sometimes the trail dips into thick forest. I walk for an hour until I finally reach the worshippers, but I don’t want to disturb them, so I walk by as lightly as possible.” Ted Campbell
Originally posted on Cultura Es Vida: 6/22-23/13 Another weekend, another set of short trips with our group. I must say that while I enjoy them organizing all of this for us, I really can’t stand how scheduled everything is. I…
A Hike Up Volcano Izalco, El Salvador, Ended Up In More Than a Workout
“Imagine sitting at the porch of your beautiful hotel room in a clear night, having a glass of wine and watching the fiery colors of fervent lava exploding from the mouth of a volcano just a couple miles away. The story goes that while Volcano Izalco was still active in the 1960′s a large hotel was built next to the central square of Cerro Verde National Park, on top of the mountain overlooking Izalco. The isolated location and the altitude certainly meant a great effort and financial investment was made on this construction. The attraction for guests was going to be Izalco’s hypnotic eruptions which they would be able to enjoy from the best possible angles and in the comfort of their luxurious accommodations. Known as “El Faro” (The Lighthouse), Izalco’s steady eruptions had made it a landmark which could be seen far out from the Pacific Ocean.
But the young volcano was not particularly amenable to becoming the center of attentions. Soon after the hotel was inaugurated, eruptions ceased suddenly and completely and Izalco has been dormant ever since. The spectacle of lava was replaced by the calm and constant production of steam at the most, a tragedy for the newly opened hotel which is now in ruins. Sad. And although this wasn’t stated, when I heard this story told by a local, I sensed a subtle tone underlying it, a distant reference to nature’s punishment of human greed, and to the volcano as an entity responding to its surroundings…” read full article http://goo.gl/4TmEzx
Canción inédita grabada en un desconocido estudio durante una visita del gran cantante Mexicano Jorge Negrete a El Salvador. El compositor de la letra y la música es el Salvadoreño: Pancho Lara y el nombre de la canción: “Sobre La Playa”. La canción es acompañada por imágenes antiguas de El Salvador que datan de los años 1920-40.
Unknown recording in a studio during the visit of the great Mexican singer Jorge Negrete to El Salvador. The author of the lyrics is the Salvadoran: Pancho Lara and the name of the song is: “Sobre La Playa”. The pictures of the video are from El Salvador of the years 1920-40.