Not only is Lake Atitlan spewing with algae and cyanobacteria, but the political corruption has taken center stage. The VP was charged, the president is denying wrongdoing, and the people have had enough of the same old BS.
Just my luck to be leaving the country on a morning where a paro nacional was called for 6am. Instead of a 9am shuttle and a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, my ride was rerouted to 4am and I got to the airport at 5am for a 1pm flight! Of course, in classic Guatemalan style, most of the demonstrations and roadblocks never materialized, and I wound up waiting at the airport for 8 hours for nothing.
Corruption and impunity are taken for granted in Guatemala, but recent events have given the populace reason to rise in anger. We’ll see how it all turns out. There is a presidential election slated for September anyway.