Let us take you on a soul journey to the land of eternal spring. A mystical place that’s decorated with volcanoes which VOS® didn’t just stumble upon by accident, but a country where VOS® also calls home. Even if you tried, an encounter with a volcano in Guatemala is unavoidable. Why? Because it’s the country with the highest concentration of volcanoes in Central America and they are majestically present everywhere.
At least 3 of the volcanoes are currently active. Not all of the others are extinct, some are merely dormant. Three tectonic plates meet in it and are constantly bumping into each other as they have for centuries.
Up to 23 different ethnic groups with a total population of more than 20 million souls. In addition to Spanish, 21 Maya languages are spoken as well as 2 non-Maya Amerindian languages; Xinca and Garifuna.
THE SOURCING PROCESS
VOS® first had to be vetted by the Mayan spiritual leaders which oversee the well-being of the volcanoes in the region.
14 Hour Pilgrimage
After a pulse of our positive energy and pure intentions were blessed, we had to embark on an intense hike up Volcano Atitlán.
Tat Santiago, the head Maya spiritual leader in the region, accompanied us up the volcano and he led the sacred spiritual ceremonies.
By respecting proper protocols, Jimmy became the 1st non-Maya to be granted legit permission to use volcanic rock to craft the bracelets.
“I listen to the advice from a volcano to stay active, to keep my inner fires burning, to know it’s okay to let off steam, to go with the flow, to be uplifting and to have a blast!”
RANDOM FUN FACTS
The first actual Happy Meal was served in Guatemala in the mid-’70s, when Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño came up with an item called a “Menú Ronald” designed to help parents feed their children with less fuss.
The instant coffee process was invented in Guatemala by George Washington, an inventor, and businessman of Anglo-Belgian origin.
Do you like chocolate bars? The first ever chocolate bar was also invented in Guatemala during the dominant Mayan times.