25 Aug True Trekkin’
Beginning in Nebaj and ending in Todos Santos, OG Guatemala teamed up with one of our solid partners, Quetzaltrekkers, to take a hike through the Ixil region of Guatemala. Greenery. Boulders. Rivers. Baby animals. Slack-jaw dance offs, Samurai, Wah on mountain tops. Cuts, bruises, dirt, sweat and maybe some tears. Tight buns and thighs- gotta love that! No doubt that our six days together was filled with fun, games, and exhaustion, but that’s just scratching the surface. Our wonderful Quetzaltrekkers guides (shoutout to Abby, Steve, and Brenda!) not only led the way through the wilderness but they also provided us with meaningful history debriefs along the trails.The Ixil region was one of the most negatively affected areas during the 36-year Guatemalan internal conflict, and there we were, trekking it. Along the way, our guides informed us of the sad realities of communities we passed through, like Nebaj, Acoul and Todos Santos, which are still recovering from atrocities and hardships to this day. Some of the areas we trekked through were eerie to pass. Some were standoffish to outsiders like us while others were just tangibly somber. Schoolhouses. Hacky-sack. Frisbee. Water pumps. Sleeping bags and snuggle fests.