In Guatemala, the government and capital interests are systematically using violence and judicial persecution to steal land from indigenous communities in order to exploit the natural resources and cheap labor in Guatemala. Rivers and local ecosystems are being destroyed, leaving the indigenous with hunger and poverty. By staying in rural indigenous communities throughout the trip, ecotourists can talk with numerous communities and regional and national leaders.
Professor Dr. Daisy McCoy is an activist in stopping genocidal violence, repression, and environmental destruction that has fallen on the country. She is on the advisory council of The Guatemala Solidarity Project (GSP), which is a small collaboration of activists, organizers and leaders from around the world, mostly from the United States and Guatemala.
People in a number of communities Daisy McCoy visited are facing a hard time in surviving. Because of unjust land ownership, evictions, and extreme poverty, they are struggling to live in Guatemala. Most of the houses they live in are made with raw material from the forests, such as palm. They grow most of their own food and raise some chickens in the “guest room” for festivals. They use three stones to build the fire stove for cooking.