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Create your own beautiful azafate

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?

Work with Roberto, a professional carpenter, to create your own beautiful azafate (serving tray). Choose your favorite piece of huipil (traditional fabric of Guatemala) to adorn the surface. Carve and sand the shape for the perfect tray and finish it with a varnish so it lasts a lifetime. Every time you use it, it will serve as a wonderful reminder of your time in Guatemala. We think it's the perfect way to serve De la Gente coffee.

About the workshop:

  • Available any day of the week
  • Available at 9 am or 1 pm (need 1 day's notice to arrange with Roberto)
  • Lasts approximately 4 hours
  • No minimum number of people needed
  • Workshop costs Q 400/person and includes instruction, tools, materials and your final azafate
  • 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: Roberto Barrera has been working with wood for more than half his life, building beautiful furniture and artisan crafts with sustainably harvested timber. Roberto specializes in doors, cabinets, picture frames, rocking horses, and the most amazing rocking chairs made to your specific measurements.

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 Roberto. All money from the sales of additional products bought from Roberto 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.