We are back in Guatemala and it was such a great feeling to be back in the Guatemalan highlands. This area of the country is so spectacular. Most of the places we have been lately have been dusty, brown and brittle due to the lack of rain (it is the dry season now). Somehow this area has remained greener than any other place. Over 50% of the population of Guatemala is indigenous and you are constantly confronted with the Mayan tradition and colorful clothing, weaving and textiles. I think it is by far one of the most interesting areas of Central America.
After leaving Guatemala City we stopped in Chichicastenango. There is a renowned textile market that takes place every Thursday and Sunday in this town. We got there on Wednesday evening and watched the town transform itself into a bustling lively market. Matthias isn’t so into these markets, but I sure am. He let me out in the morning (with an empty wallet) to scope out the goods. I came back with a list of a few things that I wanted to by and he came back out with me and did the haggling. I’m terrible at it, and Matthias was able to talk all of the vendors down to a price he was sort of ok with.