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Forge your own iron decoration

Do you want a one-of-a-kind, authentic Guatemalan experience that supports local communities, guided by local Guatemalans while getting off the beaten path?

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Create your own iron masterpiece with a true iron artist. Start by cutting the iron into the shape you want to make. Then the hard work starts with forging the iron with a hammer and other tools. Don't worry though, Carlos will be there to guide and help you the entire time!

About the workshop:

  • Available any day of the week
  • Available at 9 am or 1 pm (need 1 day's notice to arrange with Carlos)
  • Lasts approximately 4 hours
  • Minimum of 2 people needed
  • Workshop costs Q 250/person and includes instruction, tools, materials and your finished work
  • Translation can be arranged at an extra cost
  • Workshops start from the plaza in San Juan del Obispo - 5 minutes by taxi or tuk tuk from Antigua. (It's easy to get here! Directions.)
  • Call 502-5585-4450 or email tours@dlgcoffee.org

About the artisan: Carlos Diaz turned a pastime into a profitable business venture by creating and selling three-dimensional animals made from wrought iron. His repertoire includes garden decorations and wall art in the form of butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, grasshoppers, roosters, snails and iguanas.

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 workshop to cover administrative costs, the vast majority goes directly to Carlos. All money from the sales of additional products bought from Carlos remains with him. 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.