"Journey to the Western Highlands" San Juan Cotzal by Ken_Weaver

San Juan Cotzal Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 28 photos

Road to the Ixil Triangle and San Juan Cotzal

The last paved road from Chichicastenango ends at Sacapulas. It is uphill from here over a mountain pass and into the Ixil Triangle bordered on the corners by Chajul, Nebaj and San Juan Cotzal.

Entrance to the Ixil Triangle

Our group posing at the entrance to this region which was so devasted by the civil war.

"The Waldorf"

The Waldorf is the base camp for almost all of the work teams that travel to this remote town in the Western Highlands. San Juan Cotzal is about 180 miles northeast of Guatemala City yet it takes over 9 hours of driving to get there because of treacherously narrow and unpaved mountain roads. The elevation is about 5500 feet above sea level so even in the summer it is moderate in temperature. This building has two sleeping dorms with bunks and an adjacent building is used for cooking and eating. There are several showers in a separate building on the compound and everyone washes their clothes in a pila. Learn more at Life At The Waldorf Travelogue.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful Mountainous Country with Temperate Climate
  • Cons:Scariest road I have ever been on!
  • In a nutshell:This area is not for the feign hearted
  • Last visit to San Juan Cotzal: Aug 1999
  • Intro Updated Aug 15, 2003
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  • upesnlwc's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2006 at 1:12 PM

    A friend of mine is in San Juan Cotzal with the Peace Corps, so your page has been my only real way to imagine the conditions in which he lives. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • Hermanater's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 11:13 AM

    Great job on you pages....Happy Birthday

  • ombre's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2005 at 9:17 PM

    really different page to many on vt. cool spot you saw ken . and wicked page . does a big chin mean better directions ???

  • vaticanus's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2003 at 5:04 PM

    Lots and lots of interesting photos and tips.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2003 at 8:22 AM

    Your local customs tips are invaluable!! Don't want to offend the locals!! Fantastic people photos Ken! You've really captured the soul of the area!!

  • May 1, 2003 at 1:02 PM

    There's someting about pouting, Ken. It works for me...Syl, let's do a thing on "The Art of Pouting."

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 8:04 PM

    What can I say Ken....great photos of the people. So interesting to see people from different cultures.

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2003 at 8:46 PM

    Whoa! A litle girl who pouts as well as I do. Beautiful little girls do that, ya know, Ken ;-p Maria is perfect as poster girl. They beckon with their chin? We beckon by pointing with puckered lips here.

  • Madasabull's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2003 at 11:23 AM

    "the mass genocide that was committed on the indigenous people of Guatemala" It really makes you think how nasty some people can be. Great page.

  • d_d's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2003 at 1:51 PM

    It's a really interesting page :)


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