It was an old dream to travel to Guatemala and this year has become reality. Guatemala is a country in Central America with a population of around 16.6 million, the capital is Guatemala City. The name "Guatemala" comes from the Nahuatl word Cuauhtēmallān "place of many trees", a derivative of the K'iche' Mayan word for "many trees". The Kíche are indigenous peoples of the Americas and are one of the Mayan peoples. Guatemala is the true Heart of the Mayan World. The Mayan culture is a group of 22 different ethnic groups, each with its own language. Our first trip was in Antigua and already there felt like the time has stopped, no stress no hurry. Antigua is located in a valley where the best coffee and cocoa in the world is produced.
We continue the trip to Tepcan Chimaltenango where we have had the opportunity to attend the Mayan ceremony in the last Mayan city, Iximche. There we have been given a personal tour and were told that the Mayan calendar's "big year cycle" covered a period up to 2012. That cycle ended in December, giving a misleading picture of the history of Mayan culture.
Our next destination was Lake Atitlan, the one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, surrounded by three impressive volcanos and picturesque Mayan villages. Of course we climbed the San Pedro Volcano which was the most physical challenge in my entire life.
I miss Antiguas silence, the country's culture and all the Mayan people I've met there.