FOOD JUSTICE & SYSTEMS

GUATEMALA

A tiny country with a huge heart, Guatemala is a source of incredible natural beauty, native superfoods and resilient people who successfully fight for food sovereignty in their communities. From volcano-rimmed cities and lakes to the black sand beaches of the Pacific Coast, we'll explore various food systems around Guatemala and meet the powerful community organizers and food producers who are responsible for them. Coffee making, chocolate tasting, and avocado harvesting, oh my! Join us for 7 - 21 days as we immerse ourselves in the mystical ancient land of the Maya. A sample itinerary is below; it is completely customizable.

  • DISCOVER the homeland of cacao, the fruit that chocaholics the world over worship daily

  • WAKE UP AND SMELL some of the world's best specialty coffee. We'll see how it's grown, processed, roasted and ground to taste the freshest cuppa' you've ever had

  • MEET WITH AND LEARN FROM small coffee, chocolate and vegetable producers to hear their stories and wrap your mind around the journey of how these incredible foods land on our shelves back home

  • VISIT A MAYA-RUN permaculture organization to hear how they are revolutionizing modern farming methods and encouraging farmers to go back to their roots

  • TOUR LOCAL MARKETS and taste fruits and vegetables you've never even heard of

  • TAKE A COOKING CLASS to try your hands at cooking one of Guatemala's national dishes, pepian

  • RELAX in the limestone pools and turquoise waters of Semuc Champey

  • GO OFF-THE-GRID for two nights in Rio Dulce, at a solar-run jungle eco-hotel

  • GAIN AN APPRECIATION for this oasis of natural food production, from seed to shelf

Best time to visit: November - April

Time difference: Same as EST

Travel time from NYC: 7 hours

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