Tourism Services

Choose from our wide variety of activities!

These will give you a taste of the lives of the Tz’utujil people that make up the community of Santiago Atitlán, as well as contribute to funding ANADESA’s projects. When you’ve decided on some option(s), let us know which, the day(s) that you’ll be here and the number of people that will participate; we’ll take care of the rest.

Lodging

Q110 (With Breakfast), Q130 (With Breakfast and Supper)

We offer accommodation with local families in the villages of Chuk Muk and Panabaj. This is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the culture of Santiago Atitlán, providing the experience of living like a Tz’utujil. During your stay, families will share their language and some of their traditions with you, and you will have the chance to share your culture with them.

Educational Tour

Q60 (Per Person)

In this tour you will visit several sites in Santiago Atitlán where significant historical events occurred, and you will get to know their importance for the Tz’utujil people. These include the Chapel of Stanley Rother, the Peace Park and Hurricane Stan disaster sites. (1-2 hours).

Beading Workshop

Q65 (Per Person)

In this workshop, you will learn to bead, English for hacer mostacilla, a common practice by which many indigenous Tz’utujil of the community of Santiago Atitlán make a living. You will interweave beads to create a bracelet with the colours and design of your choice. The workshop includes a small refreshment, as well as the made ornament. (1-2 hours).

Cooking Class

Q130 (Per Person)

In this class, you will learn to prepare some of the typical meals of Santiago Atitlán. The first option is patín, a dish that originated in this zone. It consists of cecina (beef infused with lemon) that is grilled, mixed with tomato sauce and then wrapped in maxan leaves. The second option is pulique, a chicken and vegetable soup, common throughout all of Guatemala, made from a thick corn-based broth. It will be accompanied by small tamales, English for tamalitos, filled with beans or longbeak rattlebox. Afterwards, you will be able to enjoy the meal while you listen to traditional Tz’utujil music.

Cultural Night

Q600 (1-10 People), Q800 (11-15 People), Q1000 (16-20 People)

This activity provides a space for you to learn about the history and culture of the indigenous Tz’utujil native to Santiago Atitlán. It will give you an understanding of their beliefs, values, customs and traditions which have been passed down orally and experientially from generation to generation. Central to the event, you will participate in crushing the nixtamal (corn cooked in lime water) with a grinding stone, the activity that gave origin to humans according to the Popul Vuh (the sacred text for Mayans). Through this immersive activity, you will be exposed to local music, foods, and the traditional clothing.

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