A Couple More Adventures

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
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Trip End May 2007


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Friday, July 14, 2006

Fuentes Georgina
This is a small luscious hot springs a little ways from the school nestled up against the vertical rocks of one of the inactive volcanoes with flowers and plants flowing down the sides of the watery rock. It is a natural and inviting setting with a small cafe to one side. For all its greenery and naturalness of the setting, it almost puts the hot springs at Strawberry Canyon to shame, but not quite! (Sorry, no pix unless I go again, which is entirely possible...)

Chichicastenango
Every Tuesday and Saturday this town is known for its large market where many vendors sell their crafts, textiles, wares, accessories, clothes and, of course, there is always food. It is full of color, hustle and bustle as shoppers, locals and foreigners alike bargain with the merchants. (Pix coming) Yes, bargaining is expected, and even necessary if you are not Latino! Yes, they can see gringos coming! I succeeded to get one peddler down from Q200 (although at one point he took me to another vendor that wanted Q400 for the same plaque!) to only Q60 - about 8 dollars - for a lovely moon and sun carving. Quite a buy!
The Saturday we went there we also went on a short walk where we could see a very colorful cemetery from a distance (see picture - eventually!). We continued up a hill to a Mayan ritual grounds which was followed by a little Mayan drama enacted by 3 youth dressed in traditional costumes of a bull, bullfighter and a master. Fascinating! (Picture of this, too)
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