Welcome to Chajul
A good paved road winds northeast through piney slopes to Chajul, an impoverished but intensely traditional village, where hundreds-of-years-old customs are still widely practiced. Women stroll arm-in-arm wearing maroon cortes (wraparound skirts), earrings made from silver coins, and bright blue or purple huipiles woven with geometric patterns. Along the dirt streets, adobe structures with tile roofs propped up by carved wooden pillars are interspersed with patches of maize and squash. Tuesday and Friday are market days.