I love the Mayans. Sometimes very shy and reserved, once you get them laughing and aware that you genuinely are interested in their culture, they warm immediately. They have been abused by nearly every outside people that have taken residence here. But they just keep going on, holding to their traditions. I saw young people in Todos Santos wearing the same thing that their parents and grandparents wear, which is a rare thing in this world. Even Hueheu, a bigger town, has a warm feel to it. Guatemalans are very genuine people, warm and friendly, more polite than Mexicans in general. Guatemala is also a very frustrating place in which to travel sometimes. The transportation is slow and not very convenient. But one can experience a lot on one bus ride (I don't really like the term "chicken bus", since one sees people's belongings everywhere in the world if you travel with the locals). On to climb Volcan Tajamulco, the highest in central America!
Recently completed 3 separate trips to Asia totaling about 6 months of travel. I live in Portland, Oregon, and am currently trying to go pro with my photos. I am also a geologist who has worked all over in minerals, engineering and more recently in geothermal energy. I am currently traveling in central America.... full info