Guatemala

Overview

The second trip starts in Rio Passion, from the emerald and salt trade routes that derived from the Caribbean, crossed the Tikal, the cradle of Mayan civilization, and served the riverside populations. An unexpected journey through the tropical rainforest leads to the archaeological site of Seimpal, once being a center of astronomy...

Maya leaves her namesake civilization, makes supplies in Tsimaltenago and visits the other side of Guatemala, that of the contemporary Maya... Their marginalization and exclusion from land ownership as well as the discrimination against them became part of the social and economic status of Guatemala till nowadays.

During the 36 years of the civil war, that ended in 1996, the Indians were always involved, in fact they were the main victims. The social stratification of the country has not much changed in the recent centuries. The whiter ladinos live mainly in urban centers owning the biggest part of earth's and trade wealth.

Most of the Indians, who constitute the 60% of the country's population, live in rural areas. Although a majority, they only hold the 20% of the land...
Our next station will be Solola with its colorful market. This little city that overlooks Atitlan lake, might not be much of a tourist attraction but it is an important trade passage, located on the road that connects terra caliente - the warm land of the pacific coast - to the terra fria, the frozen highlands.

It is a bright sunny day when Maya visits one of the energy centers of earth as many claim the Atitlan lake to be. In Santiago Atitlan the main attraction is St. Massimon, a saint-worship formation of both animistic and catholic religions. San Marco la Laguna is the new age village of the lake region.

That is the reason why various meditation centers are installed in this place. After a morning yoga class, the documentary team will be directed to the colonial capital of Guatemala, Antigua, where they will have the opportunity to attend a big celebration; the return of the city's patroness, the Virgin in prayer, after two hundred years…