August 24, 2011

Finca Chacula, rural and authentic

When my parents told me they were going to come for a visit in August, I started thinking about where we should go. When I found the website of the Posada Chacula, I knew I had found the perfect place for us. 

Posada Rural Chacula is a beautiful small hotel located 2.5 hours by car north of Huehuetenango and close to the border with Mexico. The posada is community owned and was opened in March 2010. They have only 3 bedrooms with a maximum occupation of 12 people. We had the house for ourselves for the 4 nights we stayed there so it was like home! There is no electricity and at night they light the petrol lamps which make the atmosphere really special. We were afraid to have to take cold showers but no, it works with gas so it is rustic but too much! 

The night costs around U$20 per person including breakfast. For breakfast you can have bread & marmalade (it was perfect for us!) and/ or eggs & black beans if you want a Guatemalan breakfast.  Lunch & dinner is US$6.00 each and depends on what they have found at the local market which is 1 hour away by car so they can’t go every day. That’s why it’s important to call ahead and not arrive without notice, or you won’t eat! 

A bit of history… People left Guatemala to go to Mexico in 1982 during the civil war. In Mexico, they joined small communities and negotiated with the Guatemalan government their return in 1994. Thanks to a credit given by FONAPAZ (Fondo National para la Paz) they bought the Finca and 210 families came to live.  As they are coming from different parts of the department of Huehuetenango, 5 languages are spoken at Chacula. The community started the ecotourism project in 2010. 

To get there by car, take the road which goes to La Mesilla from Huehuetenango. Arriving at La Democratia, turn right to get to Nenton and follow the road which goes to Gracias a Dios (Mexican border). When you arrive at a T junction, turn right to go to Chacula. You will see a sign in the village saying Posada Chacula, the last 1 km is on a dusty road. You can go too by public transport. 2 buses leave Huehuetenango daily at 4:00 AM & 1:00 PM to go to Chacula and cost 30 Quetzales. 

For more info on the Posada, please check the website here.

In my next post, I’ll talk about the beautiful places to visit nearby!

 Welcome to the Posada!

 One of the room
 The bathroom

 At night, petrol lamps and firework

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