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Peten

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

This is a personal project I’ve been carrying out every time the opportunity presents its self. Most indigenous Guatemalans are unaware of their ancestor’s (The Maya) achievements in Architecture, Cosmology, Astrology, Math, among many of the triumphs of the Mayan Civilization.
On my trips to the country side, I always bring a portable projector and I show them documentaries (in Spanish) about these themes.
The first time I showed them was in Melchor de Mencos, a bordering town with Belize. At the end of the night, more than 25 children had shown up and they all wanted to see more; I had to show them two documentaries.
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Petén

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Petén
I first visited Petén, the largest province of Guatemala, when I was fourteen years old. Since then I became enamored of its rivers, lagoons and jungles. In fact, the most beautiful lagoon I’ve ever seen –including photographs- is located here. Yes, I’m unbiased and honestly I can say that that place is one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. I have not been back to the same location since, and not many people have heard of it.
I came to Guatemala in 2005 and went on a jungle trek to Petén for ten days, but I failed to find this place. Well, I was young when I first went there and did not remember how to get there, and this time I wanted to explore more of Petén, so I did not put much will in finding that lagoon (at least 11 hours hike to the lagoon from the closest road).
Since I moved back to Guatemala –more than nine months ago- I’ve been to Petén in several occasions; never stayed there for more than a few days.
Thanks to technology, my father –who accompanied me on my trip to the lagoon- and I were able to pinpoint the location. And now that I’m semi-retired I have all the time to travel. I’m planning a jungle trek to this location in a couple of weeks. This is not the best time; we are in the middle of the rainy season and all paths are covered by thick layers of mud. Unexpected rains are always expected (!), and this time I’ll travel solo.
Weather conditions are not the best, that’s going to make it a more memorable experience.
No, I’m not disclosing the location, but if it has not been destroyed, polluted and or deforested, I will be glad to share photos with you all.
If my camera survives the humidity!
Petén