It's more than a coffee tour - it's an experience!
Do you want a one-of-a-kind, true Guatemalan experience all while supporting local communities, interacting with local Guatemalans and getting off the beaten path?
Our coffee tours are the most authentic tours around. Lead by small-holder coffee farmers, you will receive the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a farmer. After a short hike up Volcán Agua to see the coffee fields, you will be invited into the farmer's house to learn about and utilize the machinery used to process coffee. But the best part of all comes at the end: you will roast coffee in the traditional way over a fire and share a cup of coffee with the farmer and his family.
About the tour:
- Available any day of the week
- Available at 9 am or 1 pm (we need 1 day's notice to arrange the tour with a farmer)
- Lasts approximately 3-5 hours
- Minimum of 2 people needed
- Tour costs 200Q/person and includes the farmer as a guide, a translator and a bag of coffee
- A traditional Guatemalan lunch, freshly prepared for you at the farmer's home can be arranged for 50Q/person
- Tours start from the plaza in San Miguel Escobar - 10 minutes by taxi or tuk tuk from Antigua. (It's easy to get here! Look at our How to Find Us page for directions.)
- Call 502-5585-4450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours are available through the San Miguel Escobar cooperative - farmers that have been crafting their coffee skills for years to bring you only the best specialty-grade coffee in Guatemala.
What to bring:
- Money if you'd like to purchase additional coffee direct from the farmer
- Closed-toed shoes (you will be hiking a short distance on a volcano)
- Sunscreen and/or hat
- Rain jacket (during rainy season, especially in the afternoons May-November)
De la Gente offers community tourism as a way to create a real cultural experience by encouraging interaction between visitors and local Guatemalans, as well as to supplement income for the farmers and artisans. While De la Gente takes a small portion of the cost of the tour to cover administrative costs, the vast majority goes directly to the farmer. All money from the sales of additional coffee bought from the farmer remains with the farmer. With the additional money from tourism, the families are able to invest in education for their children, healthcare for themselves and their family, housing, and nutrition. Community Tourism - Changing Lives
* Please note: for all cancellations less than 24 hours before the tour, we ask that participants pay 50% of the price to compensate the farmer/artisan for his/her time that he/she had scheduled for the tour/workshop. For example, if a tour is scheduled for 9 am the farmer will go to the plaza to wait for the tourists rather than going to his field, which he would typically do around 5 am. By not showing up, you have not only caused a loss of income (from the tour) for the farmer, but you have also caused a loss of productivity for the day. Please be considerate.