Better chocolate than never

This afternoon we visited a chocolatiers to discover the method by which the Maya used to make their famous chocolate drink.  Here is the process we followed: Our guide could have been a stand-up comedian, he was a terrific entertainer and educator.  He showed us the cocoa beans at every stage, and although the fermentation…

Jade Today, Jaded Tomorrow

Just a quick post tonight, we have to be up at 03:30 to fly to the jungle to the amazing Tihkal.  Although there is more to share, I only have time tonight to show you our visit to the Jade museum in Antigua. It was founded by Mary Lou Ridinger and her husband, pioneers of…

Weaving Magic

This afternoon we visit Ixoq Ajkeem (Woman Weaver) in San Juan de La Laguna, a co-operative of Maya women who create cotton garments from scratch.  They use the profits to help put their children through school, an essential requirement when joining the group. They were extremely friendly and before serving us a traditional meal of…

No Dogophant Glyph

We started our time in San Juan La Laguna at the art gallery of Antonio Coché where several artists produce and sell their work.  The styles were varied, but all shared vibrant colours that created a wonderful wow factor as soon as you saw them.  Deeper viewing allowed us to explore the Maya themes of…

Maya Day Ceremony – a privilege

The afternoon involved something that turned out to be extremely special to us: participation in a private Maya Day Ceremony.  We were looking forward to it as it was, but came away with so much more than expected. Each day is special and has meaning to the Maya, and our birthdays were used as part of…