Authentic Guatemalan Smiles and Tortillas, Three Times A Day

This portrait of a young Maya girl is another addition to the portraits of strangers series.

We are so fortunate to have freshly made tortillas three times a day, especially so when smiles are also available.

Well, for starters you need ‘real’ nixtamalized maize dough (nothing of the maseca flour used elsewhere). After that, you need a good pair of hands to tortear (hit into shape) a real looking tortilla. Okay, go ahead now and make your own Guatemalan tortillas! Easier said than done, certainly.

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Authentic Guatemalan Smiles

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  • Eric

    Oh, how I miss those ladies making fresh tortillas! Yes, I can get them near where I live, but outside of Guatelinda…it’s just not the same.

    • I know these photos of tortilla making are the best hook to bring you back, Eric. You are right about Guatelinda. Isn’t time for an overdue trip to Guatemala then?

      • Eric

        It is ! Not many quetzales in my travel fund, I’m afraid. But rest assured that all efforts are being made to correct this horrible lack of time in Guatelinda. Thank you for the photographic inspiration; I can smell the ocote, nixtamal, and tortillas frescas from here !

        • Wow, at this rate you might actually visit Guatemala during the dry season, a first for you, Eric.