We left Antigua early on our last morning in Guatemala, spending most of the morning travelling to Mexico. The border crossing ended up being fairly straightforward — even though it was the day the world was supposed to end in 2012. But it barely registered because I spent most of the trip zoning out and watching the scenery pass by.
Occasionally I’ve been in the right place at the right time to stumble across colourful celebrations. I saw lots of religious activities in Guatemala and Mexico. But it’s hard enough for me to believe in the rituals from my own cultural background — such as Christmas — let alone celebrations based on belief systems so different to my own. Aside from the whole end-of-the-world celebration, I’ve been thinking about the church just out of San Cristobal de las Casas in a town called Chamula, which smelled of pines and burning candles, a heady mix of ancient indigenous (pre-Hispanic) beliefs as well as those that have been integrated with Christianity.
Here’s my final travel video for now, capturing some choice moments from our tour of Central America.