This river marks the border between Mexico and Guatemala. Many migrants cross the river at these unofficial border crossings. Many people have family on both sides of the border and cross frequently for commerce. We crossed the official border into Guatemala on May 5th and returned to Tapachula on May 8th.
We have been using many different modes of transportation. One of our favourites was the “tricycles” in Guatemala!
The beautiful highlands of Guatemala.
We visited San Miguel to learn about the resistance towards mining in this area. The machines below are “remaking” this mountain with chemical waste from the mining process. This Canadian open pit mining has removed the resource-filled mountain and has created environmental, health, and social problems for the surrounding communities.
After our night in San Marcos, we travelled to the community of Tonina located at the base of the Tacana volcano. The road was under construction so we hiked the rest of the way up the mountain. It was quite the workout in the high altitude, but the view at the top was well worth it!
We learned about MCC’s support for Tonina’s vegetable and flower gardens. Selling these products helps community members stay in Tonina instead of migrating to the cities. The flowers were beautiful!
Our first destination: Tapachula! We arrived after a tiring travel day on May 4th.
Delicious ice cream break in the very hot Tapachula, Chiapas. This was our last day in Tapachula after our time in the Guatemala Highlands. We later flew to Mexico City (on May 9th).
Exploring Mexico City.
Learning about migration in Mexico with Arturo. We discussed the big picture of migration (political and economic reasons) and learned about different push/pull factors for people’s on the move.
Some of the team at Casa Tochan.
Yesterday we woke up in Sibinal, (home of our new friend Aldo). There was a market (that only happens on Thursdays) on the street outside our hotel. Trying to make our way though to our restaurant was confusing and a little crazy. (Imagine getting lost traveling only to the other side of the block.) But it was interesting to see what an average market was like. After that, we climbed into the back of a pickup truck and drove to the base of a community called Tonina. The road leading up to the village itself was closed for construction, so unfortunately we had to walk the last half hour up a mountain carrying our bags. Which after the fact felt very good, but during, we all had wished for something different. It was well worth it though.
Hey everyone! Sorry for the delay, we have not had Internet for the past few days, so this is from Tuesday May 5th. More to come!