A Photographic Visit to El Mirador…

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Before you think of the largest pyramid in the world and the Mayan ruins complex known as El Mirador, El Petén, this is El Mirador farm located in San Martín Jilotepeque. We ended up there after a talk I gave on basic photography. The members of the Casa de la Cultura, House of Culture, invited me to give a talk about my passion, how could I resist? So, we covered basic theory and practice came after lunch. Little I knew of where we would go; to take photos however new locations are always welcome.

Lunch had been programed at the Granja El Mirador, it was a delicious Caldo de Gallina Criolla. While we ate, Don Meme talked to us about the farm, which is a very interesting integrated farming system, totally self-sustainable. Although the most important aspect of the farm is its social outreach, which as Don Meme said, “there is no point in the technicalities of conserving anything without a strong social component.” Don’t you agree? Because of this, often they are visited by national and international visitors to learn about the family farm.

If you would like to visit them or to learn more about their social outreach, you can write to them at manuelhuz@hotmail.com and nazariohuz@gmail.com. There are a few more photos below to entice you to pay them a visit. Enjoy!

text and photos by Arturo Godoy. Check out Arturo’s portfolio to purchase photos from his massive photographic bank.

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  • @Arturo, once again, excellent work and congratulation on your own social outreach. Like I have told you before, when I grow up, I want to be like you. 😉

  • Ah Don Rudy, you are giving me way too much credit… When I grow up I want to be like you!!!!!!! 😉 Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eric

    Too late! I am laready thinking about the largest pyramid in the world…ja-ja-ja!
    Interesting post, though. I have only seen a few of the photos, but I will look at them all soon. I like Don Meme already. A social component? With business? Que extrano! ja-ja-ja… What would all the giant corporations in los EEUU say ….? 😉

  • @Eric, you should watch the film Food, Inc. I am sure you’ll like it.

  • @Eric, I totally agree with what would all giant corporations say, 😉 Thaaaaaank you!!!!!!!

    @Rudy, thank you for recommending, I haven’t watched it, 🙂

  • Manolo

    Pues beautiful pictures Don Arturito. what kind of effect do you use? is it a filter that makes the viewer feel she/he is there? Saludos desde Toronto (and still waiting for the pics of our rendezvous.

  • Eric

    “Food,Inc” is on my list, Don Rudy, although I think it will be “preaching to the choir”, as we say. 🙂 I will definitely try to see it soon.
    As a campesino during my early years, I cannot help but advocate for the sustainable family farm — es en mi sangre, no ?

  • @Manolo, it is just a white balance set on shade or cloudy, only on the open sky ones I used “sunlight”. Other than that, a bit of contrast and brightness and done, 😉 THANK YOU!!!! And, yes I still owe you the photos, of course 😉

    @Eric, I agree with you and even when I’m not a campesino by tradition, but a biologist by training, yes it is important to advocate for sustainability… THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!