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Tour a NGO non profit Vocational Training Center Amigos de Santa Cruz and explore the Mayan village

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    What to Expect
    Spend a half-day getting to know the community of Santa Cruz and the work of Amigos de Santa Cruz, a local nonprofit organization.

    The town of Santa Cruz la Laguna is only accessible by boat. You will travel by boat from Panajachel to the main dock in Santa Cruz, then take a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride up the hill to the village where you will be met by your guide. Your tour will begin with a visit to CECAP, the vocational training center, where you will be given a brief overview of Amigos’ programs and history. Observe various classes in progress at CECAP such as carpentry, sewing, beading, and cooking. Then, visit one of Amigos’ model classrooms in the kindergarten and primary schools.

    Amigos de Santa Cruz has been supporting education and economic empowerment for the people of Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala since 1998. We are watching what happens when a generation gets educated for the first time. Our programs focus on Early Education, Youth Leadership and Scholarship Support, Women’s Empowerment, and Economic Empowerment through hands-on training and business skills development. Our two social enterprises, Café Sabor Cruceño and Tienda Manos Cruceñas, provide direct income for graduates of our vocational training center and make a great stop for visitors. Please join us in changing the world!

    Finally, embark on a short tour of the village including a visit to the local church, one of the oldest churches in all of Guatemala. Your tour will end with an (optional) delicious lunch at the graduate-run rooftop café, serving some of the best food in Guatemala and with gorgeous views of Lake Atitlan to go with it!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Amigos de Santa Cruz/CECAP facility in Santa Cruz la Laguna
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    • Guided tour of the NGO programs and village.
    • Lunch is included in the lunch option.
    • Transportation to/from Santa Cruz
    • Additional donations
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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