Located about 50 kilometers from Quiche, Joyabaj
is a small village
located in the Sierra de Chuacùs mountains. It was nearly destroyed by
the earthquake of 1976 and lost most of its beautiful colonial houses and
buildings. Most of the ladinos (people with mixed Spanish and Indian heritage) fled to Guatemala
during the intense war that was held here with the Army and the guerillas. Many
innocent people died for no reason. The people from Joyabaj are called Xoy
or Joyabatecos. They are the most friendly people in the area.
If you want more information visit the Centro
Xoy. They will be more than happy to help you. They also offer some tours
and other services.
Joyabaj was once inhabited mainly by Quiche soldiers who defended the
of the K'umarcaaj against the Rabinals.
In the mountains outside of Joyabaj are the remains of
Samaneb, which was the capital of the Rabinal Achì, a branch of the
Quiche nation, before the Spanish Conquest.
here for transportation schedules around the country.
PRICED: From $0 to $15 double
FOR LOCALS ONLY
SOLO PARA LOS DE
JOYABAJ 'XOYES, JOYABATECOS
PARA ENTRAR EL MUNDO DE LOS XOYS
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