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San Juan Lake Atitlan – Local Artisans and Natural Remedies

Zen yourself in the charming rural village of Tzutujil, as you discover the sustainable and natural resource ethos of San Juan.

USD $72.00

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San Juan Lake Atitlan – Local Artisans and Natural Remedies

Highlights

  • Visit a textile factory and learn about a women’s cooperative and their traditional methods.
  • Learn about the healing and comforting properties of local plant based products.
  • See the creation of extraordinary textile products, unique to San Juan Lake Atitlan.

Description

Visit the very rural and authentic village of Tzutujil, one of the least touristic places on Lake Atitlan. Sustainable usage of natural resources is a cultural ethos of San Juan. Learn about local textiles, natural plant based products and why the Maya consider corn a sacred part of their culture.

Itinerary

Start the day with a boat trip from Panajachel to San Juan. Here you visit a women’s weaving cooperative and how they continue traditional methods of dying thread with native plants. Observe the process of extracting dyes and the elaborate weaving of recycled materials into the products, creating styles unique to San Juan. Watch the textiles being woven using traditional back-strap and foot looms.

Afterwards, walk through the open sky museum, enjoying the stunning paintings on the walls of the houses. Next up is a garden specialising in medicinal plants. An association of midwives and health educators continue to use ancient methods, successfully used for generations in the production of plant based products. Discover the magical healing properties of their plant based creams, shampoos, teas, and other products. If you want to know more about your own energy, the elders can discuss the sacred plants that balance your Mayan “nawal” or sign.

After lunch with a local family, take a maize tour through the “milpas” or cornfields. Learn about Mayan cosmovision and why the Maya consider corn a sacred part of their culture. Afterwards, relax and enjoy traditional corn dishes prepared for you by local women, such as delicious tortillas, chuchitos, and traditional drinks. Return with boat to Panajachel.

What’s Included

  • Transport with collective boat to and from Panajachel.
  • Lunch with a local family.
  • Spanish speaking guide.

Important Notes

  • Minimum 2 people for this tour.
  • English speaking guide + 10 USD for the group.

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San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala

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San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala 14.694589, -91.287900

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