Guatemalan Independence & Xela Feria 2014: Selected Photos

published oct 3rd, 2014

Matt Wicks, traveler, writer, photographer

Guatemala first celebrated its independence from Spain on September 15th of 1821. Guatemala now celebrates its independence for about two weeks straight. It’s a big deal.

I was in Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala for the duration, and witnessed celebrations of Guatemala’s independence with a seemingly endless supply of children’s parades, brass bands, traditional dress, street food, beauty pageants, heavy boozing, concerts, dancing and thrill rides.

The below photos were all shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and are presented with minimal commentary.

Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, traditionally dressed kids
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, costumed dancer
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, smiling woman
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, women in traditional dress
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, boy holding sign
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, woman and costumed person
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, boy playing instrument
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, people in parade
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, traditional dress
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, parade participants
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, traditionally dressed men
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, band
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, girls in parade
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, boys in parade
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, band girl
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, boy playing trumpet
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, girl and supermarket
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, hummer
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, man and horn
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, photographer
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, friends
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, in a store
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, friends in traffic
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, women under umbrella
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, people and truck
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, family eating roast corn
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, people on ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, ferris wheel
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, circus ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, parade goer
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, circus ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, ferris wheel
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, fair ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, man with toys
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, roast meat
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, friends
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, swings
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, swings
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, fair ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, caterpillar ride
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, cotton candy
Matt Wicks: Guatemala Independence day, girls dancing

Read more from Matt Wicks on his website, Where I Went & How I Got There.

Area Lodging

Casa Nativo in Xela, Quetzaltenango, sign

Most centrally located hostel in Xela. From Q 50.00.

Casa Seibel courtyard

Casa Seibel is a quiet, well managed hostel two blocks southeast of Xela’s Parque a Centro América, the heart of Quetzaltenango’s zone 1 downtown area. From Q 50.00.

Nim Sut Café & Hostel rooftop terrace

Nim Sut is a large, full service hostel just a block from Xela’s Parque a Centro América. From Q 50.00.

Casa Argentina upstairs terrace

Casa Argentina is a large hostel and boarding house that provides basic accommodations in the south-west of Quetzaltenango’s Zone 1. From Q 30.00.

Hostal Don Diego reception area

Hostal Don Diego is a large hostel and boarding house with an in-house tour operator and travel agency. From Q 60.00.

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