Day 2: An unexpected break and discovery of Q'umarkaj

What is a great Mayan city without a ball court? 

What is a great Mayan city without a ball court? 

Today we were ready to ramp up on our first day of patients, but it would seem that the nation of Guatemala had different plans. There is a national presidential election run off today so - national holiday! Everything shuts down. From what I understand, people can wait up to 4 hours in line to vote and must return to their localities so many of the markets and businesses nationwide were shut down, including our clinic. 😏

So, we did a little site seeing at some of the ruins of Q'umarkaj in Quiche. 

Q'umarkaj was one of the most powerful Mayacities when the Spanish arrived in the region in the early 16th century. It was the capital of the K'iche' Maya in the Late Postclassic Period. At the time of the Spanish Conquest, Q'umarkaj was a relatively new capital, with the capital of the K'iche' kingdom having originally been situated at Jakawitz (identified with the archaeological site Chitinamit) and then at Pismachi'. Q'umarkaj was founded during the reign of king Q'uq'umatz ("Feathered Serpent" in K'iche') in the early 15th century, immediately to the north of Pismachi'. In 1470 the city was seriously weakened by a rebellion among the nobility that resulted in the loss of key allies of the K'iche'.

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Ceremonial cave. Dark, eerie, and way cool. Bring your resin, candles, and voodoo sticks, and try not to fall in the crevices into the bowels of hell.  

Ceremonial cave. Dark, eerie, and way cool. Bring your resin, candles, and voodoo sticks, and try not to fall in the crevices into the bowels of hell.  

Post ruins blogging in Quiche at Reji's. 

Post ruins blogging in Quiche at Reji's.