We have partnered with Art of Espresso; a socially conscious specialty coffee roaster who believes in changing the way coffee is perceived. Together, we are heading to the remote heartlands and coffee plantations of Guatemala.
Dip into Latin America’s famous coffee culture on this ten-day Sustainable Coffee Tour through Guatemala’s pristine landscapes, vibrant cultures and deep history. Travel to this lush volcanic nation for a behind the scenes look into the local coffee plantations and their lively communities. Observe the unique regional growing, harvesting, and roasting processes while you taste a range of superb coffee varieties and deepen your understanding of the time and energy that goes into each cup.
Along the way explore outstanding natural spots, ancient sites and traditional cultures. Stroll around colourful colonial architecture, swim in jungle pools, wade under waterfalls, visit Spanish castles, hike limestone caves, cruise to Caribbean villages and spot unusual native wildlife.
Soak up the stunning natural scenery of Central America’s most diverse country as you help support a new era of sustainability with a donation made directly to the coffee farming communities we visit. This trip contributes to Conservation International's Sustainable Coffee Challenge which is helping to find solutions to improve farmers livelihoods, sustain demand and conserve the bio diverse environments where coffee is grown.
Lush and green, Guatemala’s varied landscapes create a wide range of microclimates that are some of the world’s best coffee-growing conditions. With high quality beans and distinct flavours, Guatemala is the 8th largest coffee growing country in the world and coffee makes up the nation’s largest exports. Agriculture provides a livelihood to many, including over 125,000 registered local coffee producers. As the country’s main export, sustainable harvesting practices are vital in maintaining Guatemala’s unique environmental and cultural heritage. The region’s small-scale producers face increasingly tough circumstances in supporting themselves and their communities and over 56% of country’s population live below the poverty line. Increased access to land and income in rural areas through fair-trade agreements and policy change avocation is key to keeping farmers on their land, supporting these coffee communities and alleviating rural poverty.
The donation component of this trip goes directly to Conservation International, supporting the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. This collective action network, is working together to find solutions to ensure coffee contributes to improved income and profitability for the 25 million coffee growers, workers and their families.
Through the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices, this action network aims to triple productivity on the existing 10 million hectares of coffee, while helping to sustain supply and enable the sector to meet rising consumption and the growing demand for coffee in a socially and environmentally responsible way. The end goal, to do so without clearing one additional hectare of high conservation value forest or depleting other natural resources for enhanced coffee production.
This is a huge global issue, which is why we, as a global community must work together to find sustainable solutions and create awareness about the current state of coffee on both a global and local scale.
We will be collecting data from the coffee farms we visit to help to address the current challenges faced by coffee farmers in that region. The data will be used to measure the impact over time, so we can help to ensure that future coffee demands can be met in a fair and sustainable way.
As always, by participating in responsible tourism that respects and honours the people and places you visit, you are also helping to support the local communities in maintaining their way of life. Your travel time in places that focus on environmental and cultural preservation and your interest in their suitability practices helps bring money to the community, supports local guides, porters, craftspeople and artisans, and allows them to take pride in their efforts.
* Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip