Banana plant and the beautiful waterfall near San Cristobal.

Banana plant and the beautiful waterfall near San Cristobal, which we visited on a day hike in our final weeks.

 

Close up at bottom of waterfall.

 

Close up, middle of waterfall.

 

Close up, bottom of waterfall.

 

 

Bente Kunal Lacey

Marc Emily Ethan

Our incredible cast of roomates, without whom this trip would have been far less entertaining. Top (from L to R): Bente, Kunal and Lacey. Bottom: Marc, Emily, and me.

 

A weekend trip took us to a coffee finca run by ex-guerillas, trying to erase the legacy of near-slavery on Guatemala's plantations and figure out how to run an (organic!) business. These beans have just ripened.

A weekend trip took us to a coffee finca owned cooperatively by ex-guerillas, who are simultaneously trying to overcome the legacy of near-slavery on Guatemala’s plantations and figure out how to run an (organic!) business. These beans have just ripened.

 

Coffee beans drying (Lacey salivating, not shown).

Coffee beans drying (not pictured: Lacey salivating).

 

The main processing plant.

The main processing plant.

 

Mural on the side of the old plantation owner's house depicts scenes from the civil war.

Mural on the side of the old plantation owner’s house depicts scenes from the civil war.

 

Close up of mural (signing of the peace treaty).

Close up of mural (signing of the peace treaty).

 

View of the highlands and coastal slope.

View of the highlands and coastal slope.

 

Much like Lacey, butterflies love coffee.

Much like Lacey, butterflies love coffee.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Bitnami