Trip to Guatemala

by Benny Law September. 27, 2019 480 views

Last December, I had an opportunity to travel to Guatemala for work. I was there to deliver some technical training to some local staff of a humanitarian agency who were implementing a large scale project aimed at helping the local youths secure a better future in their own country through vocational training and financial assistance.

Guatemala is a beautiful country with a very pleasant climate. I was expecting the weather to be hot and humid (it's Central America), but it turned out to be very comfortable and much cooler than I expected. On a field trip to a remote community, I was glad that someone lent me a fleece jacket. I didn't think I would need it at first, but quickly changed my mind because of the cool temperatures especially at night.

While the countryside was very scenic, I was also struck by the poverty that I witnessed. The early morning drive from the hotel to the office took me through the city and provided an opportunity for me to observe the local way of life as people were busy getting to work. Many were heading to the markets while carrying heavy loads, including children.

Below are a few photos that I managed to snap with my Moto G4+ phone on the trip. I didn't bring my camera with me since it was a short business trip and I was trying to travel as light as possible.

My sacrifice of sleep for catching an early morning flight was rewarded by this glorious view of sunrise through the plane's window.

My sacrifice of sleep for catching an early morning flight was rewarded by this glorious view of sunrise through the plane's window.

Passing over San Pedro Ayampuc while descending towards Guatemala City.

Passing over San Pedro Ayampuc while descending towards Guatemala City.

Approaching the runway for landing in Guatemala City. The downtown area is like a different world from the rest of the country.

Approaching the runway for landing in Guatemala City. The downtown area is like a different world from the rest of the country.

The beautiful countryside. This shot was taken through the window of a restaurant by the roadside where I stopped for breakfast on my way to visit a remote community.

The beautiful countryside. This shot was taken through the window of a restaurant by the roadside where I stopped for breakfast on my way to visit a remote community.

Another shot taken through the restaurant window. Here, you can see a volcano in the distant background.

Another shot taken through the restaurant window. Here, you can see a volcano in the distant background.

Beautiful view of some of the volcanoes and large lakes in Guatemala.

Beautiful view of some of the volcanoes and large lakes in Guatemala.

A service station on the CA-1 road from Guatemala City to Santa Cruz del Quiche.

A service station on the CA-1 road from Guatemala City to Santa Cruz del Quiche.

Activities and traffic around the busy market of the town of Chichicastenango.

Activities and traffic around the busy market of the town of Chichicastenango.

A busy market in the town of Chichicastenango.

A busy market in the town of Chichicastenango.

The town of Chichicastenango is in the Guatemalan highlands northwest of Guatemala City and is known for its indigenous Maya culture. Here, you can see an old building with some colourful murals and some newer houses in the background.

The town of Chichicastenango is in the Guatemalan highlands northwest of Guatemala City and is known for its indigenous Maya culture. Here, you can see an old building with some colourful murals and some newer houses in the background.

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