Nestled in the Western Highlands is the Ixil Triangle Guatemala: three towns — Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal—
Each of these towns suffered greatly, particularly in the late 1970s and early 80s during Guatemala’s Civil War and a period of tragic genocide. Villages were destroyed and villagers forced to flee, many went hungry, and civilians were kidnapped, tortured, and raped. A total of 114 massacres of women, children, and non-combatant men are estimated to have killed 20% of the local population with thousands more falling victim to emotional trauma, land displacement, and fragmented families. Today, all three towns still face challenges such as gender-based violence, extreme poverty, illiteracy, and malnourishment.
Despite all that, the Ixil region has maintained its rich Mayan traditions, each speaking their own dialects of Ixil, dressing in different styles, and still primarily working as farmers (men) or weavers (women). Amazingly, after all that these communities have gone through, instead of being bitter toward (or at least, wary of) outsiders, the people of this region are some of the friendliest and most genuine in all of Guatemala.
Day 1. Arrive to Guatemala City and Travel to Sacapulas
Today after you arrive to Guatemala City, our drive and guide will transfer you straight to Sacapulas. Where a local family will wait for you and have you join a local dinner experience. Overnight at a local home.
Day 2. Sacapulas & Nebaj
9:00am - After a nice breakfast leave your host family and continue toward the Cuchumatanes ridge, see small villages and amazing views. Next, reach Nebaj place where you will have a nice visit of the market and then continue to the cheese farm. You have a free afternoon for you to relax, have a glass of wine, eat local cheese and read a book. You can also have our guide arrange a horseback adventure for you and explore other villages on horses. Overnight at Cheeses Farm
Day 3. Chajul Market & Waterfall of Chichel
8:00am - Today, our driver and guide will take you for a nice visit at the village of Chajul. Known for its coloful market and very traditional homes. The tour includes a nice visit of the town, and the local museum, weavers, its church and finally end at the Waterfall of Chichel or Santa Avelina. You will reach your accommodation in the late afternoon, just in time to take a nice shower and relax.
Day 4. Travel Back to Antigua or Guatemala City
9:00am - Travel back to Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City
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