Lake Atitlan 2 Day/ 1 Night: Cultural Immersion with Casa Flor Ixcaco
Join us on this adventure in cultural immersion on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lago Atitlán. We’ll pick you up at your lodging in Antigua at 8:00 am in our private shuttle or SUV, depending on the size of the group, for the approximate 1-hour drive to the nearby farming town of Tecpán. There we will have a traditional breakfast typical of the region (not included and you can spend some time looking at the artisan crafts before we continue on a 1.5-hour drive to the country’s famous Lake Atitlán.
Once at the lake, we’ll take a short boat ride to San Juan La Laguna. Here, we will spend the first day of your cultural immersion learning about the crafts and traditions of the Tzutujil people. This mellow lakeside town has escaped the commercialization of its neighboring towns and the close-knit community that inhabits this village has developed community-based tourism to showcase their traditions without relying on the influence and investment of foreigners.
Our time in San Juan la Laguna will center around visiting our friends at Casa Flor Ixcaco, a women’s led textile cooperative that is truly inspiring and an incredible example of empowered female indigenous entrepreneurs who are using their talents and traditions, on their terms, to bolster their economy and share their heritage proudly.
During your cultural immersion time with Casa Flor, you’ll watch and participate in a weaving demonstration to learn all about the process from start to finish. Afterward, you’ll enjoy a delicious typical lunch prepared by some of the cooperative members before visiting the nearby artisan chocolate workshop and the medicinal plant garden. This medicinal plant garden is run by the local midwives and it’s fascinating to learn about the work they do!
After these activities, you’ll have some free time to explore the small art galleries and other shops along the main street in San Juan. In the evening, we will enjoy a homestay with a local family and be able to spend time enjoying daily life in this charming town.
After breakfast with our host family the following morning, we will wave goodbye and make our way back to La Antigua.
Itinerary subject to small changes at the discretion of The Heart of Travel guides in order to provide you with the safest, and most comfortable and enjoyable travel experience possible.
How to book this tour:
During the online booking process, you will be prompted to let us know the date and preferred start time of your tour as well as where you’d like your guide to meet you. We ask that you book your tour at least 24 hours in advance in order for us to coordinate all of the small details that go into making your experience unforgettable!
What to wear/pack
We recommend wearing comfortable and breathable clothing and closed-toed shoes with a supportive sole. The sun can be quite strong as well so sunscreen and/or a hat are also encouraged. Evening in San Juan can also be quite cold so a warmer sweater or a jacket are also encouraged! Also, we recommend that you bring cash with you since not all vendors accept atm or credit cards. Other useful items are an eco-friendly water bottle, sunglasses, and a camera!
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