Guatemalans will go to the polls this Sunday amidst a severe political crisis to elect a new President, Vice-President, mayors, and members of Congress. The vote will come just a few days after the most turbulent and surprising political events in Guatemala's recent history
In mid-July Dr. Deborah Walters, a 63-year-old grandmother, launched a kayaking trip 2500 miles from Maine to Guatemala, solo. No stranger to wilderness, she once camped alone near polar bears on a six-week expedition to the Arctic.
Guatemala is a major drug corridor between South America and Mexico. Narco gangs thrive in rural areas and along the southeastern border, while street gangs dominate the urban centers. As a result, the country's capital, Guatemala City, has one of the highest murder rates in the world.