Chichicástenango we love you

I have seen those huge foreign markets on documentaries that are busy, buzzing, noisy, colourful and electrifying and have always wanted to visit one.  Well today, my dream came true. Chichicástenango is a full on smack to the senses as smells, sights, sounds fly towards you from every angle without respite.  We walked around for about three…

Maximón Effort

The afternoon took a very different direction with an aspect of Modern Maya culture that was utterly intriguing.  It involved Maximón and his hosts. When the Spanish came to Guatemala they of course brought Christianity.  Some Maya blended some of the Catholic beliefs into their own religion and some took the saints on, mixing them with…

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…

Making Tortillas

For lunch we were invited to the house of a friend of Ixnal (who had taught us some Kaqchikel yesterday) in Santa Maria de Jesus.  We were shown how the traditional tortillas are made, with a couple of us having a go, and were treated to a classic, and special, traditional dish for lunch that takes 24…