Vicente has a large collection of traje (traditional Maya attire) which he brings out when students express interest. He has spent years collecting examples typical of the many Maya towns.
Students wearing the traje from Vicente's collection.
Vicente makes the best guacamole that you will ever eat. It is especially good with the typical Maya tortillas. He sometimes needs prodding to make the guacamole so don't let him forget.
Vicente has a collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts. Some he has purchased in markets around Guatemala, but many he has found in pieces on the site, and reconstructed carefully.
Vicente knows a lot of out of the way places. He also goes into action helping people in need in times of trajedy or natural disasters. He and students went on a mission to help people in a mountain village not accessible by road.
The hike to the peak overlooking San Juan la Laguna is fairly easy and only about a half an hour from Santa Clara. It is an ancient ritual site.
Vicente knows the fiesta days for most of the towns in Guatemala. This one in San Pablo la Laguna is easily reached by a short boat ride. The dancers shown above are performing the Baile del Torito, the dance of the little bull.
Casa Rosario students passing through a town in the lowlands near the Pacific Coast.
The flora is quite tropical compared to the highlands, and the variety of fruit is incredible.
An inexpensive fruit stand that Vicente has found for lunch.
Casa Rosario students enjoy a dip in the Pacific Ocean. The water seems almost too warm.
There are two animal markets in Guatemala. The more well known one is in San Francisco el Alto, but The one in Chimaltenango (above) is seldom visited by tourists. Horses, cows, goats, and pigs are traded and sold there.
Takalik Abaj is probably the oldest preHispanic site in Guatemala. In addition to Maya ruins it has examples of two previous cultures.
Iximche was the capital of the Kaqchikel Maya. It was constructed a couple of centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. The Maya still perform rituals here.
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