Un día entre guerrilleras

Una de las cosas más fascinantes en la historia de Centroamérica fue (y es) la rebelión de sus pueblos frente al imperialismo americano. Desde nuestra llegada a Guatemala pusimos muchísimo énfasis en aprender sobre la Guerra Civil que enfrentó al país durante treinta y seis años, y que dejó la friolera de 200000 muertos y … Continue reading Un día entre guerrilleras

Colores, pureza y sincretismo

Si hay algo que siempre me ha flipado muchísimo, me fascina y codifica gran parte de mis viajes, son los templos religiosos. Criado con el programa de Peridis: ‘Las claves del Románico’, al cual llegué a agarrar bastante manía, desde pequeñito me enseñaron (al principio sólo lo intentaron) a valorar estos centros de espiritualidad y … Continue reading Colores, pureza y sincretismo

San Juan Ixcoy: lucha y amor indígena

We made loads of friends in Pueblo Nuevo. We got along with our students, with the family that hosted us, with the families that fed us… But there was one person who not only helped us around as much as he could but also changed the way we were starting to see teachers in Guatemala. … Continue reading San Juan Ixcoy: lucha y amor indígena

Pantalones rojos

En un valle en medio de la sierra de los Cuchumatanes, también conocidos como los Andes centroamericanos, nos encontramos con el curioso pueblo de Todos Santos Cuchumatán, que fue fundado como encomienda en 1528 y se sitúa a 2500m de altitud. On a valley in the middle of the Cuchumatanes, the Central American Andes, one … Continue reading Pantalones rojos

La tierra de la paz: Cobán, Guatemala

The newspapers had been talking about the upcoming fair in Cobán, Alta Verapaz. We had barely been in that department and I’d heard the town was pretty, so we took it as a chance to stop there for a couple of days and get to know it. Ya hacía días que habíamos leído en algún … Continue reading La tierra de la paz: Cobán, Guatemala

Exploring Huehuetenango

When we got to Huehue we knew one thing: we had a place to stay overnight thanks to Couchsurfing. That was all. We didn’t know how much time we’d stay there or what we would see around there. We had actually just come as a step towards the border, as we needed to stamp our … Continue reading Exploring Huehuetenango

Las Lagunas de Montebello y las ruinas de Chinkultic

After a great day at Cascadas del Chiflón, we were thinking about packing and leaving for Guatemala the very next day at dawn. However, Paulina, who had been working all week, told us she would be free for the weekend and felt like doing something nice with her family. The Montebello lakes seemed like the … Continue reading Las Lagunas de Montebello y las ruinas de Chinkultic

San Juan Chamula y Zinacantán

Durante nuestra estancia en San Cristóbal, una de las visitas más interesantes que hicimos fue a los pueblos mayas de San Juan Chamula y Zinacantán. Por algo menos de 20 pesos se puede agarrar un colectivo que te lleva hasta San Juan. Salen cada 15 minutos debido a que muchísimos indígenas, sobre todo de San … Continue reading San Juan Chamula y Zinacantán

Wonderful Waterfalls in Chiapas II: Agua Azul

We knew that it would be impossible for us to visit Agua Azul ("blue water") before leaving Palenque, because they were too far out of the city and we were running out of time. We said good bye to Ale and headed to the petrol station, where a very special boy we'd met the day … Continue reading Wonderful Waterfalls in Chiapas II: Agua Azul

Hik’eek

I’m not going to lie: although the days we spent at the Caribbean coast and Flores were really nice, they were nothing but a holiday. We did learn a lot but what we were actually doing was getting closer and closer to our new home: Ochoch Hik’eek, “house of hope”, where we are living and … Continue reading Hik’eek