Starting his journey from the National Palace in the centre of Guatemala City, from where all distances in the country are measured, Zay heads first to the dramatic ruins of the ancient Maya city of Mixco Viejo in the highlands just outside the capital. To get there, he travels on a vibrantly colourful old school bus, driven down from the USA and then reconditioned with a powerful truck engine in order to cope with Guatemala’s challenging mountainous terrain.
Heading on along the country’s main road, the Pan American Highway, in a large 18-wheeler truck, Zay discovers that just as most of Guatemala’s buses are driven down through Mexico from the USA – so are most of Guatemala’s big trucks. Transferring onto a local truck heading up into Guatemala’s highest mountain range, Zay visits one of the country’s most beautiful and traditional villages, Todos Santos Cuchumatan, as it celebrates its annual fiesta with a truly remarkable, and extremely dangerous, drunken horse race.
Continuing his journey by hitching a ride along Guatemala’s most dangerous road, running the gauntlet of a tectonic fault that causes frequent and fatal landslides, Zay passes through beautiful orchid-filled highland cloud forests en route to the remote lowland jungle of northern Guatemala.
Heading further and further into the wilderness along treacherously muddy tracks through the rainforest, Zay breathes a sigh of relief as he eventually arrives safely at his final destination, Tikal, the most spectacular of all ancient Maya cities.
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TODOS SANTOS CUCHUMATAN
titles & graphics
COLIN WINSTON FLETCHER
post production coordinators
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