Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Excursion to Nueva Esperanza: Legends and Crafts

Local guides, such as Carlos David Perez ( are available to lead hikes to neighbouring villages such as Nueva Esperanza.
Nicolas, a local pottery artisan is pleased to demonstrate Lenca techniques which use red clay and traditional handtools such as corn husks. Hands-on workshops are also available. Firing is done in an outdoor kiln.

This prehistoric cave is 15 metres high and was used as a shelter for villagers and soldiers during times of conflict. Local legends also tell of a duende or spirit who lives inside a deep interior cavern and emerges to roam the countryside from time to time.

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