Our group of community tour guides is called Rupalaj K'istalin. We chose to name our group after the mountain outside of town. We offer cultural tours, spiritual tours, nature tours, and homestays. We will guide you to learn more about San Juan La Laguna.
Our community is located on the shores Lake Atitlan and is surrounded by volcanoes and mountains. One of these mountains is the Mayan Face or Rostro Maya in Spanish or Rupalaj K'istalin in Tz’utujil. It is named the Maya Face Mountain because the outline of the mountain looks like the profile of a person’s face lying down and looking up at the sky. It is a rocky mountain that has beautiful and diverse shades of green in the wet season and is brown during the dry season.
Live with a Guatemalan family in San Juan La Laguna and emerge yourself in Mayan culture so that you can experience our customs and traditions. This homestay experience can be organized through our community guides of Rupalaj K'istalin.
Discover some of the enchanting places in San Juan la Laguna, where you can see some archaeological remains, such as a baby's face carved in stone, the cemetery, and deer bones.
On a tour through the streets of San Juan, learn about the beautiful murals painted by local artists. Each mural represents different aspects of our Mayan culture.
Learn how women produce beautiful woven items using the backstrap loom and by using natural dyes created from plants native to the region.
Learn about the healing properties of plants from a group of women who have preserved ancient methods used throughout many generations. They also produce shampoos, soaps, and lotions from local plants.
Enjoy a ride in a traditional kayuko or canoe. Learn about the ancient techniques of fishing and the variety of products made of natural plants of Lake Atitlan watershed.
Learn the Mayan customs in San Juan with a visit to the Catholic Church and one of the four Brotherhoods or cofradias.
Experience the Mayan worldview and the ancient techniques of preserving nature in a fascinating tour that combines a Maya ceremony with a tree planting.
Witness the stunning scenery and learn about Mayan ceremonies and the local initiatives to conserve natural resources.
Enjoy beautiful views by walking between two picturesque villages on the banks of the lake. The tour lasts approximately 2-3 hours and is moderately difficult.
Enjoy an unforgettable experience. You will be led by experts to will teach you how to identify different bird species. San Juan is inhabited by about 150 species of birds including the endangered horned guan or pavo de cacho. The pavo de cacho is the most popular among visitors and ornithologists.
Observe the process of organic coffee production from planting to harvest and from bean to cup at San Juan’s Coffee Cooperative called La Voz or The Voice. After the tour you can drink coffee in the café looking at the Rostro Maya.
Find out why the Mayans consider corn or maiz a sacred part of their culture on a tour through cornfields. Then enjoy dishes prepared with corn by local women.
For more information contact us at:
Telephones: (502) 4772-2527 y 5217-0213
San Juan La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala.