Welcome to Yalambojoch & Laguna Brava
A European NGO has contributed toward the redevelopment of the community of Yalambojoch, constructing wells, houses and a school/cultural center, Niwan Nha, where indigenous girls learn huipil weaving skills.
One of the chief attractions for visitors is the Laguna Brava (also known as Laguna Yolnajab), 6.5km to the north, an extension of Mexico's Lagunas de Montebello. There's good swimming in the crystalline waters of the lagoon, reached by a two-hour descent on foot or horseback from Yalambojoch (best attempted from March to June). There's a Q25 entry fee to the lagoon, and guides charge Q75 to take you down, plus Q75 per day for horses.
East of Yalambojoch, a series of surprisingly intact Maya pyramids dating from the 10th century stand near the site of what used to be the village of San Francisco, the site of one of the civil war's most atrocious massacres, part of Rios Montt's scorched earth campaign.
West of Yalambojoch toward the border post at Gracias a Dios is the Finca La Trinidad junction, where a paved road leads south to the Interamericana. Approximately 5km south of the Finca La Trinidad junction is the turnoff for Posada Rural Finca Chaculá, a community-tourism project started by returnees from five different ethnic groups who took refuge in Mexico during the civil war. Their 37-sq-km farm features a small lagoon, some Maya archaeological sites, a waterfall and abundant forest. The old estate house has been outfitted with three comfortable rooms with hot showers, and meals are served. INGUAT-trained guides lead excursions to the Laguna Brava (Laguna Yolnajab) and Hoyo Cimarrón, a gigantic, almost perfectly cylindrical crater near the Mexican border.