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Welcome La Laguna, Guatemalal

La Laguna is part of of Jacaltenango, ubicated in the northeast part of the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It is located 2300 feet above sea level and only a few miles from the border shared between Guatemala and Mexico.  It is a small, rural town of about sixteen hundred citizens.  Many of the citizens work at raising livestock and agriculture producing maiz, beans, peanuts, hibiscus and jocote. A few meters from the southwest part of the community is the Río Azul (Blue River) of cold waters and blue color; some of the people earn a living extracting sand from the riverbed.   On the river bank there is a tourist center, albeit rustic for the lack of economic resources to make it better. Although it was one of the communities that suffered from the civil war that ended in the last fifteen years, the people are very friendly and enjoy celebrating many different occasions. The celebration PATRONAL is the 21st to the 24th of April.  They also frequently celebrate birthdays, weddings and baptisms. 

HOW TO GET TO LA LAGUNA

In the bus terminal in Huehuetenango, you can take whichever of the following busses that go for Nentón and that pass thru La Laguna:

La Chiantlequita

La Paisanita

La Bataneca

La Cuevas o

Vivi, la Manolin and La Castle.

Those busses that arrive to La Laguna from Mexico passing thru la Mesilla, fifteen minutes is the place called Camoja Grande.  There you can take a microbus that goes toward Nentón passing first thru La Laguna.  In the microbus, from Camoja Grande, you should arrive at La Laguna in a half of an hour.  There are many busses that run throughout the day from all locations. 

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN IN THIS COMMUNITY

This is a community of indigenous from the region of the towns Huistas that are part of the ethnic group named Popti’.  The citizens speak perfectly their own maternal language and Spanish.  The community has electricity, running water, drainage and telephone service.  Most of the people have cell phones to keep in touch with family members that are in the USA.  The student, at the least, will be able to learn the following things:

  • The culture, music, traditions, customs, history, and the social, political and economic situation
  • Ceremonial places
  • Other communities close to the first
  • Hydraulic resources-Río Azul, río Catarina, el río Lagartero, la Laguna Brava, Los Lagos de Colón, and the rivers of Montebello
  • Natural Caprices like the Hayo, or Hole, Cimarrón

You can complete the trips walking or also in a vehicle.  The above are very different places than the internationally recognized tourist destinations; they are the real Guatemala.