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San Lorenzo el Cubo Tour: Worry Dolls, Woodwork, and Niños de Guatemala School

Encounter everyday life in Guatemala, while supporting and collaborating with local communities, organizations, and artisans. Visit Niños de Guatemala school to learn about Guatemalan education, and the NGO’s efforts to provide comprehensive, holistic education to the country’s most under-served youth. Stop in at the home of a gracious host and discover the history and legends of Mayan worry dolls. Learn to make a worry doll and take your tiny companion home! Tour a local wood-working studio to learn more about San Lorenzo el Cubo’s artisans, and more!

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Discover Day-to-Day Life in Guatemala’s Rural Towns on this Insightful, Educational, and Interactive San Lorenzo el Cubo Tour

Discover every day life in Guatemala on this authentic half-day San Lorenzo el Cubo tour. With your local guide, take an iconic, vibrant “chicken bus” to an off-the-beaten-path Guatemalan small town. This San Lorenzo el Cubo tour provides a fascinating and in-depth discovery of every day life in Guatemala, while supporting, upholding, and respecting local communities, organizations, and artisans.

Begin the day at Niños de Guatemala primary school, a Guatemalan NGO dedicated to holistic education, with wrap-around services including dedicated social work, psychology, nutrition, and health departments. Explore the school, meet students and staff members, and learn about Guatemalan education and the organizations working toward educational equity for Guatemala’s most vulnerable students.

From Niños de Guatemala school, visit San Lorenzo’s artisanal workshops, important sources of industry for San Lorenzo’s tiny community. Visit an artisanal cabinet making workshop to watch highly skilled artisans at work. Then, visit the home of a gracious community member to learn about the fascinating legend of worry dolls, and make your own tiny confidant out of fabric, wire, and other materials.

Highlights

  • Ride in an iconic Guatemalan chicken bus
  • Explore the small community of San Lorenzo el Cubo
  • Visit a family home where you will make your own traditional worry doll
  • Tour a local furniture carpentry workshop
  • See Niños de Guatemala’s El Porvenir school and learn about their work

Tour Information

Duration: Half Day (morning and afternoon tours available)

Start/End Location: Central meeting point in Antigua — 4a Calle Oriente #28

Availability: Daily (except national holidays)

Itinerary

Discover San Lorenzo el Cubo, Guatemala
Begin your San Lorenzo el Cubo tour with an exciting start! With your bilingual guide, ride on an eclectic and colorful chicken bus, named for the historic days when people transported farm animals with them on the chaotic school-bus-like public transport.

After a short trip (20 minutes) you’ll arrive in San Lorenzo el Cubo. As you walk toward your first destination, learn a bit about customs and ways of life in Guatemala and San Lorenzo.

Tour Niños de Guatemala School
Guatemala does not historically provide abundant opportunities in education for its most vulnerable students. But the community of San Lorenzo el Cubo is working towards expanding opportunity, education, and health through the NGO Niños de Guatemala primary/elementary school. With a support network of social workers, psychologists, health workers, and teachers, Niños de Guatemala fills a need for holistic educational programming that supports the needs of Guatemala’s most under-served youth.

At Niños de Guatemala, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the school premises, meet students and staff members, and learn more about education in Guatemala as well as Niños de Guatemala’s programming.

Explore and Participate in Local Workshops
After learning all about Niños de Guatemala, walk to the home of Dona Ronny and Doña Rosa, local community members and artisans. A common occupation for women in San Lorenzo is to make traditional, artisanal worry dolls. In her home, Doña Rosa will teach you about the legend and history of these adorable pocket-sized companions, and teach you to make your own using local materials.

After you’ve finished, Don Ronny will lead you to the community-owned furniture workshop where he and other craftsman produce beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, and other spectacular hand-made pieces. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and watch the artisans hard at work from up-close.

After these fun and educational visits, you will return to Antigua by chicken bus, with your own handmade worry doll!

What’s Included

  • Transportation from Antigua (hotel pick up available upon request at an additional cost)
  • Local guide
  • Worry doll workshop and make-your-own souvenir
  • All workshop and entrance fees

What’s Not Included

  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

What to Bring

  • Wear clothing appropriate for a Guatemalan school environment (covered shoulders and legs above the knee)
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
  • Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, hat, umbrella or raincoat)
  • Bottle of water

Important Notes

  • This half-day Antigua tour includes a large amount of walking between sites, and may not be appropriate for very young children or adult with challenges walking long distances. 
  • There is no minimum passenger count needed in order to book
  • This tour will proceed rain or shine, and travelers clients should come prepared with sun and rain protection
  • Hand-crafted worry doll products will be available to purchase directly from Doña Rosa during the tour
  • We require a 1 week notice (business days only) in order to reschedule tours, as guides and providers are compensated for their reserved time. We are unable to offer any refunds for cancelled tours.

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San Lorenzo El Cubo, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala

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San Lorenzo El Cubo, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala 14.537600, -90.771600

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