See the community of San Lorenzo el Cubo and visit a family home where will make our own traditional worry doll, a local furniture carpentry workshop, and Niños de Guatemala’s El Porvenir school.
WORRY DOLLS, WOODWORK & NIÑOS DE GUATEMALA SCHOOL TOUR:
Visit San Lorenzo el Cubo and discover what everyday life looks like in Guatemala. With our guide, you’ll catch a chicken bus, learn about daily life while walking around San Lorenzo el Cubo, visit Niños de Guatemala elementary school, El Porvenir, and see two important industries of the area: furniture woodwork and worry doll making while making your own worry doll.
San Lorenzo el Cubo, Guatemala
This tour begins with an exciting start: a ride on the colorful and chaotic chicken bus, an experience you cannot miss if you want to understand Guatemalan everyday life. After a short bus ride, you will arrive in San Lorenzo el Cubo. Walking around town, our guide will tell you all about life in San Lorenzo and Guatemala in general on your way to your first destination.
Niños de Guatemala School: El Porvenir
San Lorenzo el Cubo does not provide many opportunities for education. There are only three primary schools – two public schools and Niños de Guatemala’s EL Porvenir school. El Porvenir provides education to nearly 200 children who would otherwise not have been able to go to school. The students attending this school are ages 4 to 12. The school opened in 2012 and graduated its first class in 2017. You will get to tour the school premises, meet the students, and learn more about Niños de Guatemala, our programs and what education is like in Guatemala.
After learning all about the NGO and the schools, you’ll walk through San Lorenzo el Cubo towards the home of Don Ronny and Doña Rosa. Their three children attend the Niños de Guatemala schools. A common occupation for women in San Lorenzo el Cubo is making worry dolls. Worry dolls or quitapenas are traditional Mayan dolls which Guatemalans put under their pillow when they sleep to get rid of their worries. A meaningful and cute souvenir to bring back home! On this trip, our guide and Doña Rosa will tell you more about the worry dolls’ legend and history while showing you how to make your own, using local materials. Carpentry is another important industry in San Lorenzo el Cubo as well as being Don Ronny’s profession. The furniture workshop is a family owned business where Ronny and his colleagues produce chairs, tables, beds and other household furniture. You will see real Guatemalan craftsmanship here. After these fun and educational visits, you will return to Antigua by chicken bus, with your own handmade worry doll!
- Local guide
- All workshop and entrance fees
What to Bring
- Wear clothing appropriate for a Guatemalan school environment (covered shoulders and legs above the knee)
- Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes
- Sun and rain protection (sunscreen, hat, umbrella or raincoat)
- Bottle of water