Are you interested in the natural healing powers of plants? Join ‘Grow Your Own Cure’ for a 1-day Lake Atitlan Guatemala Medicinal Tour adventure that is designed to introduce you to Mayan indigenous healer’s wisdom about traditional healing herbal remedies and healing arts in Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.
From the beginning of time, plants have played a significant role in human affairs, influencing medicine and healthcare. Participants will explore the medical gardens in San Pedro, San Juan, and San Marcos, meet with local indigenous healers, and learn about the history, cultivation and role medicinal plants play in health and healing.
See, smell, and taste the rejuvenating and healing powers of medicinal plants through interactive demonstrations and samplings.
This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen you connection to herbal medicine in a rich sensory experience in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Itinerary: We will meet at 9:00am at the ‘Pharmacy of Herbs – Grow Your Own Cure’ store conveniently located half a block from the lake shore at Casa Loma, Rancho Grande, Panajachel. After a tour of the store we will embark on a 45-minute boat ride enjoying spectacular views of the volcanoes and mountains as we make our way to San Pedro La Laguna, on the west shore of Lake Atitlán.
San Pedro La Laguna is one of the larger villages on the lake having a population of 10,000 whose inhabitants are primarily Tz’utujil Maya. The village of San Pedro is known for their curanderos/healers.
We will begin our exploration with a visit to a medicinal garden where we will meet with a local indigenous healer who uses the leaves, seeds, stems, bark and roots of herbs to treat illness and disease. Walking in the aromatic medicinal garden you will be greeted by the fragrance of the herbs. The garden is flourishing with some common herbs such as lemon grass and chamomile as well as many rare and little-known medicinal plants.
We will then travel to the adjoining village of San Juan La Laguna where we will visit a medicinal garden that is run by a local women’s cooperative. You will have an opportunity to tour the gardens, learn about the herbs and their uses, as well learn about their belief in caring for the land with love, and without harming it by using pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
No visit to Lake Atitlan is complete without a meal. Next, we will enjoy a delicious tipico Guatemalan lunch at a local comedor.
After lunch we will take a boat to the beautiful village of San Marcos on the northern shore of Lake Atitlan known for its yoga, meditation, spiritual and holistic therapies. There we will visit a local clinic, meet with the doctor, and tour the medicinal garden. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in an herbal consultation with the doctor for an additional fee.
We will return by boat to Panajachel.
Tour Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm*
Inclusions: The cost of this tour includes an English speaking guide, all entrance fees, guided tour, lunch and all boat transportation.
Recommendations: Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sun screen. Camera is advised as is a bottle of water. Also bring extra cash for shopping as credit cards are not accepted at most locations. Donations or gift purchases are encouraged at the cooperatives.
Price per person:
1-2 persons, $75.00 per person (2 person minimum)
3-4 persons, $65.00 per person
5-6 persons, $60.00 per person
7-10 persons, $55.00 per person
*The last shuttle from Lake Atitlán to Antigua is at 4:00pm. Please let us know if you are scheduled on it and we will make sure to get you back to Panajachel in time to catch it.