Life and Labor

 

Life and labor on the southern coast are similar to those of the highland. In both regions, tremendous wealth exists alongside desperate poverty. Like Maya highlanders, many coastal Maya are farmers. Their crops are different, however.

Both regions produce corn, the crop which helped spur the growth of Maya civilization. Both too have large coffee plantations. However, the colder regions produce apples, pears, peaches, avocados, and every class of vegetable; whereas, the coast provides Guatemala and much of the world with its tropical fruits. Mangoes, bananas, and papayas grow around Lake Atitlán, but not in abundance as at the coast. In the hot-lands too are pineapples, hibiscus, and a variety of exotic fruits which do not grow in the highlands.

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