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Santa Cruz Del Quiché
The town, surrounded by the Altiplano, surprised me. I found a really lovely hotel just opposite the bus terminal and I left my bag there. I then wondered the streets aimlessly and, of course, I arrived at the market. There, the colour of the "huipils" traditional blouses and skirts is red, and the women wear a "tocoyal" with pompoms on their heads.
The department has around , inhabitants, and most people live in rural areas. The region suffered greatly during the three decades of armed conflict that ended in thousands of people were displaced or killed and families were torn apart. Those who are now adults starting their own families have, in many cases, been deeply scarred and traumatised by the terrible events they witnessed as children. Poverty levels are highest in rural areas, where people make a living as subsistence farmers or artisans. As a result, over half of the population in the department is malnourished.