Departamento del Quiché Travel Guide

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San Juan Cotzal

  • Niña Bonita

    San Juan Cotzal Favorites

    The children are so beautiful. It is amazing how clean they always are considering that most live in homes with dirt floors and clothes are washed by hand in a pila or sometimes in a stream.

  • Market Day

    San Juan Cotzal Shopping

    Market Day is Saturday in SJC in the Central Plaza. Negotiate everything but do not involve yourself unless you really want to buy the item. While this is not as big a thing as the Market Days in Nebaj or Chichicastanango you will have an opportunity to buy some beautiful woven goods at very reasonable prices. Ask first and the price they give...

  • Gestures and Body Language III

    San Juan Cotzal Local Customs

    When I becken someone to come over to my location I would wave them over with my hand upright and my palm toward my self. Apparently this gesture is one that you would use in Guatemala to solicit a prostitute! The correct way to beckon someone toward you is to motion with the hand down and palm toward you. Maria is one of the true saints of the...


Santa Cruz del Quiché


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  • Daytrip to Chahul

    Nebaj Off The Beaten Path

    From Nebja to Chahul we first got a ride with a truck to an intersection. Here we got of and walked on a poor dirt road to Chahul (took around 1 hour, I think). In Chahul we felt like the monkeys of the Zoo. They obviously don’t get that many visitors here, as they stared at us very much. We were invited into private homes in small dark houses, to...

  • From Xela to Nebaj

    Nebaj Transportation

    From Xela I took a bus to Huehuetenango where I changed to another bus that took med to Sacapulas. From Sepulas to Nebaj there aren’t many busses to Nebaj, so I got a ride with a pickup truck. (Pick-ups run frequently as they are many peoples only mean of transportation). The ride from Sepulas to Nebaj took 1½ hours, and it was a very cold trip,...

  • From Nebaj to Cobán

    Nebaj Transportation

    My guidebook writes: “the road east of Sacapulas is one of the most beautiful, and roughest mountain roads in all Guatemala, with magnificent scenery in the narrow valleys. Truck to Cobán … seven hours, if lucky, usually much longer”. (Footprint; Mexico and Central America 2000). Even though I had read this, I still went on this road. We considered...



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    by atufft Written Nov 25, 2007

    The river flowing past Sacapulas is of the mountain variety with broad swift currents in places and deep gorge flows in others. In town, we took a walk around the central zocalo, taking the photos shown on my introductory page. This can all be done within an hour or so.

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  • Coming and going from Uspantan

    Uspantán Transportation

    The bus from Coban leaves in the afternoon everyday, I believe. It failed to show for us on a one day, but that was an exception. The ride is about 4 hours, as I recall, and that provided us about an hour or so to walk about the pueblo. Then, we waited for the bus continuing on to Sacapulcas. Although it's important to not miss these buses, the...

  • Keep walking for more photos

    Uspantán Things to Do

    I almost missed the bus due to an increasing number of opportunties to shoot interesting pictures. I would have liked to spend at least another hour or so in town, but even the bus ride and brief stop that we had was well worth the time spent.

  • Take a walk around town...

    Uspantán Things to Do

    Soak up the culture in Uspantan. Bear in mind that the Mayans aren't noisey or particularly fiesta oriented. Uspantan is a quiet agricultural town. I noticed adobe construction, but I saw also wood construction, presummably from local forests. I saw many colors of native corn drying in the sun. Mostly, I noticed the men, women, and children.


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