Guatemalan Summer’s Shades of Green

Fact #1: Right now we are in what Guatemalans call the Winter season, although in reality, we are in the middle of the Summer season as Guatemala is located in the Northern Hemisphere. Also. We are also experiencing the worst draught in 35 years. You might not be believe this by looking at today’s photo.

Fact #2: Guatemala is a tropical country with a temperate weather. The reason for the pleasant temperatures even during the Summer season is the high altitude where most of the towns are located; somewhere between 1,000 to 2,000 meters above the sea level (See the satellite map of Southern Guatemala).

Fact #3: The rainy season lasts well over six months [well, except this year because we barely have receive any rain since early July], thus it provides enough water to keep the whole country with a million shades of green year round.

Fact #4: There are 33 volcanoes in Guatemala, a tiny piece of land of 108,890 kms² (42,042 sq miles), which provide all the rich volcanic soil for the coffee and vibrant vegetation.

Fact #5: Guatemala has large underground waterbeds which provide enough water for the plants and flowers to bloom constantly. This photo shows is a tiny sample of greens. Enjoy!

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Guatemalan Summer's Shades of Green

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  • Anne Gerhardt

    Love the greens! This photo will remind me of a very pleasant late breakfast with a brilliant photographer at Sabe Rico! Thanks, Rudy!

    • Thanks Anne, it was a very green day indeed.