Chajil Ch’upup

Promoting artisanal fishing and lakeshore habitat

Chajil Ch'upup means "Guardian of Tulle"  Our organization was legally established in 2005 to improve the quality of life for our members. In our lifetime there has been an increased scarcity of fish in the lake. We noticed the impact this had on the ecological balance of Lake Atitlan. Therefore, we decided to create an association with the mission to create projects to breed and conserve fish. We promote the better management of Lake Atitlan in order to allow for development of fisherman en San Juan la Laguna. Our association uses traditional fishing practices, supports employment for fishermen, and promotes a healthy environment for our beautiful village.

Traditional fishing tour

Fish production in San Juan la Laguna has decreased in recent years due to pollution, over-exploitation of fish, mismanagement of harpoon use, and the introduction of exotic fish species that eat native fish. For these reasons, as fishermen we wish to contribute to reversing this trend by using artisanal fishing techniques.

Join us in our daily activities and learn traditional fishing techniques in a beautiful traditional canoe. We also offer rental kayaks.

Tul planting tour

Tul is a reed that grows along the shores of Lake Atitlan. The tour will explain the benefits of proper management of tul and its importance for the flora and fauna of the lake. We also offer a variety of tul handicrafts.

The association is responsible for planting tul 2 to 3 times a year: in April and May and then in August and September. To prevent the tul from disapearance we must ensure proper management. Therefore, the Chajl Ch'upup Fishermen's Association, with support from the municipality of San Juan la Laguna, is responsible for issuing permits for people to cut tulle in specific areas and allowing for the growth of new shoots. Juaneros use the mature reeds to make items like mats, cushions, baskets, handbags, and more.

Benefits of planting tul:

  • Oxygenates the water
  • Forms a natural barrier that prevents sediment from the land going directly to the lake during the rainy season
  • Avoids lake eutrophication caused by excessive organic matter in the lake that reduces oxygen in deep water
  • Creates a habitat for many birds, fish, crustaceans and insects, providing them food and protecting them from the cold, wind, and predators


Our association participates in planting campaigns and outings to clean the lake. We do this in order to keep the lake clean and to sustainably use the resources offered by the lake. These activities will contribute to improving the quality of life for our members and their families.


Telephones: (502)5977-2877
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San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala

Community Services

In order to improve the quality of life for our associates and their families we strive to keep the lake clean and take advantage of the resources it provides. We embark on tulle planting campaigns and clean the lake to make sure we help our town develop sustainably.

For more information call or email us at: 

Phone number: (502)5977-2877
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San Juan la Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala