Mayan villages of the Western Highlands of Guatemala

Momostenango Travel Blog

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The market
I Started off in Momostenango , which was a relatively short chicken bus ride out of Xela on Saturday afternoon. I stayed at a rather dodgy hostel , run by a somewhat shady acting character who charged extra for a warm shower , set a rigid curfew of 9pm to be back inside before he locked the door for the night , and was very impatient about the checkout time in the morning even though it seemed there were hardly any other guests. Open restaurants , comedors and bars were somewhat lacking to say the least in Momo so dinner ended up being some slices of pizza at one of the open food stands in the plaza , coupled with a beer grabbed from a nearby shop. Given the distinct lack of bars , the in-entertainment for the people of Momo seemed to be hanging around in the plaza and for the younger crowd , a little sort of  entertainment tent with several table football games and some rather antiquated video games machines.
more of the market
Momo is most famous for blanket weaving and its Sunday market so on Sunday naturally I went to the market . It was interesting to wander around the stalls and you could buy just about anything you needed , but not too widespread evidence of the famous blankets on sale , only a few examples here and there. There was some sort of bizarre dance show happening on Sunday morning in the little plaza , which was highly entertaining if a little confusing. It seemed to involve several people dressed up in ugly devil-like masks shouting , whooping and whipping each other as hard as possible with rope. This went on somewhat repetitively for at least two hours or so but possibly the highlight was a very drunk man who really quite persistently wanted to get in the middle and be whipped , even though he had no mask and had nothing to do with the show ! The masked men were getting pretty fed up with him and kept trying to push him out of the "arena" .
looking down one of the streets
I would say that from my experience at any time of day in any city or village in Guatemala there is at least one person absolutely paralytic or just slumped lying down asleep in the street ... rather sad to see really but it is fact of life here that some people drink to massive excess to escape their problems in life. After the market I went to see "Los Riscos" , which are a short walk out of town and are a little set of rather strange shaped rocks which have evolved out of sandstone , and then on to a Mayan mission to see a Mayan priest who explained some Mayan astrology based on birthdates - amusing enough to keep me entertained for half an hour or so , even if I wasn't exactly convinced by the stuff he was telling me. So Momo was interesting and the next destination is really up in the highlands - Todos Santos- for which it will be necessary to stay in Huehuetenango for a night on the way.
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The market
The market
more of the market
more of the market
looking down one of the streets
looking down one of the streets
Momo church 1
Momo church 1
Momo church 2
Momo church 2
Momo church 3
Momo church 3
scenes of THE DANCE as I call it
scenes of THE DANCE as I call it
more scenes
more scenes
and more
and more
whipping
whipping
more of THE DANCE
more of THE DANCE
and of course another scene
and of course another scene
and another
and another
once again
once again
and again
and again
scenes of THE DANCE
scenes of THE DANCE
once again of it
once again of it
SandStone formations
SandStone formations
a closer view of the formations
a closer view of the formations
different angle of the formations
different angle of the formations
weavings
weavings
weavings 1
weavings 1
market 1
market 1
market 2
market 2
his grocery shopping??
his grocery shopping??
market 3
market 3
market 4
market 4
market 5
market 5
market 6
market 6
more pics of the formations
more pics of the formations
and another pic of the formations
and another pic of the formations
Momostenango
photo by: Johnb42