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We were glad to find out this month that we’re not the only people in Guatemala that are already fed up with the ridiculous amount of party propaganda that is plastered across every single surface across the country for the run-up to this year’s elections (do […]

The Ten Year Guatemalan Spring

By Diana Pastor

In these days of mass protests one is reminded of a time in Guatemalan history when the country went through an unsurpassed period of civic and political blossoming. It all started after the revolution on the 20th October 1944, when a movement of students, workers and labourers organised huge protests […]

Rethinking the Past: Re-imagining the Now

by Alba Carrasco

“After Guatemala: Rethinking the Past, Reimagining the Now” is a collective exposition that, after visiting New York last April will be exhibited at Ciudad de Imaginación (5 Calle, 14-101, Zona 3, Quetzaltenango) from June 6th to July 5th. This exhibition is the result of a year long collaboration between Guatemalan […]

Not So Magic Formula

Frequent readers of XelaWho (we´re hoping you guys still exist) will remember our cover story of April this year about the “magic formula” that was touted to miraculously clean the grotesquely polluted Lake Amatitlán within a mere 10 months.

In case you missed it, a quick recap: in March AMSA and the now ex vice-president […]

Spain’s Pissed Too

by Fathouse Production

Q90 billion absorbed by corruption in less than a decade; Q100 billion in cuts to education and healthcare; a dictator’s legacy enjoying impunity; a female number two leading a corruption ring. Sound like Guatemala? Actually, we’re in the mother country, Spain! In 2013, government agencies investigated over 1,600 potential cases […]

Recipe of the Month: Pollo a la Moza

by Simone Riddle

As the political climate changes here in Guatemala, I’ve decided to break away from lo traditional for this month’s recipe. There is a plato tipico in Guatemala which roasts chicken in beer, but as I find myself without an oven at the moment I decided to mix it up a […]

Grow Your Own: Why Organic / Why Local?

by Juan Jardinero

“Natural, organic and unrefined foods speak a language your genes understand.”

Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir

Following the footsteps of many cities around the world, Xela is taking part in the organic food trend.

Organic shops have opened up; organic markets are now a monthly event at Parque Central. Even events like the […]


With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are […]