- Encounters with locals
- Place or Religious Monument
- Off the beaten track
Chajul is an extremely poor village and few locals speak Spanish; they speak Ixil, which is also the language taught in the local school.
The locals were really surprised to see us and some avoided us - white skinned people being reminiscent of the relatively recent war. That said, others welcomed us with smiles and open arms! A man called Felipe approached us, welcomed us and told us a bit about the village's past. He apologised on behalf of those who avoided us and spoke about the repression that these people had suffered during the uprisings.
It was a moving account, not least because it was hard to follow his every word. We gave him a packet of biscuits - the only supplies we had on us - and left him, feeling happy that we'd had the chance to spend time with him. Then the clouds rose up the hillside and a mist began to settle, so we headed on our way.