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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
In Chahul we were invited into private homes in small dark houses, to admire (and preferably buy) some of their handmade clothes with beautiful embroideries. They couldn’t really understand that I didn’t want to buy one, and that we don’t wear that kind of clothes in our countries.
The market is a very local one, with no of those tourist things that one can see on markets in Guatemala. In stead they sell all those things needed in the daily life, and therefore not really anything that interest a tourist.
So in stead of buying things it is great to watch the local people, especially the woman, that are dressed in their beautiful traditional clothes.
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...more
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.more
It makes sense to travel with a small group, especially on a long road trip. The highways are desolate and one attracts less attention with a small group. Furthermore pack all your essentials and have them handy, as there are hardly any rest stops along the way.more
Theres few tings to do in Santa Cruz. Its an isolated village out of the touristic path. It has an interesting church built by the dominicans made from stones of the nearby ruins of Utatlan. I dont know why, but i didnt feel a friendly atmosphere.more