Rabinal is located about 4 and half hours from
Guatemala City. It is a small town located in Baja Verapaz. The main
economic activities include , agriculture and handicrafts. Rabinal is
famous for its oranges. Peanut is also grown in the area, as well as
coffee, cardamom, and the basic food staple of the population which is corn and
basic grains. In the area of handicraft you have weavers, wood carvers,
pottery made from clay, wax and other artisan work done with local material.
Rabinal's annual "fiesta" takes place from January 19 through January 25.
This celebration ends with Mayan ritual at a nearby fortified city (only small
ruins remain) in a hill overseeing the town.
Rabinal was severely affected by the internal
thirty-six year old war of Guatemala. Many thousands of people were taken
from Rabinal and the surrounding villages by the Army and Civilian Militia and
never seen again. Today there are major excavations going on exhuming the
corps in those sites that have been found. Rabinal has a small museum
which reminds the visitors of the violence that rocked the foundation of this
small town. Market day takes place on Tuesday and Sunday in the main
plaza across the Church and City Hall. For more information, visit the
local Chamber of Commerce and its' Internet Center.
Below are some of the pictures that portray this
small rural Achi Mayan town. Double click on the picture thumbnail to
Main Church in the Plaza
Part of City Hall
Plowing the field
Handicraft workshop at a home
Persons involved in the killing
A small group of those murdered are remembered
More of the victims of the dirty war
Forgive but do not Forget, so it will never happen again!
Names of people murdered by the Military in the cementary
Remembering those massacred by the military
The Municipality Palace
A Group of Woman who make handicraft
Some of the new designs introduced in the communty.
The 1st Internet Center
The 1st Video Conference Held during the Inauguration of the Intenet Center.