Nestled in the Mountains

Panoramic vista of Zunil village by Luna McCarthy

Nestled in the mountains, about a 20 minute bus ride from Xela, lies the pueblo of Zunil. Known by the gringos as the nearest town to Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs, this picturesque little town also is filled with markets and churches. An enjoyable day (or half day) trip, one can visit the market on Mondays or stop in to see the (in)famous saint San Simon, also known as Maximon. Legend has it that if you bring the lifesized form of San Simon gifts of cigarettes, Quetzalteca or money, he will bless your crops, marriages and relationships.

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