Site, Modern Town
19th Century: The Finca
and Cultural Challenges
the Town Today
Cautions for Western Visitors
Employment and Other Needs
Tourism and Crafts
Community: Tourism Potential and Local Crafts
for tourism abound at Chocolá that can benefit associated
businesses that Chocolenses could develop, including tour guiding,
language schools, water sports, hotels, and restaurants.
astonishing natural beauty of the immediate region around the town
is evident in piedmont jungle, numerous fast-flowing streams and
rivers, natural springs, many emanating from caves still held sacred
by Maya ritualists, and nearby volcanic ranges.
site, itself, is being declared a protected area by the Guatemalan
government and planning, long-term, for a national archaeological
park similar to parks at Tikal, T’akalik Ab’aj, and
other ancient Maya cities will proceed.
project is working with foreign governments, notably the Federal
Republic of Germany, to restore high Victorian buildings dating
to the time of German ownership of the giant finca, and to create
museums for both the prehispanic and the post-colonial periods;
utilizing still intact early coffee processing machinery, the latter
receives special focus because of the possibility of creating a
“living museum” of late 19th century-early 20th century
coffee processing at Chocolá’s beneficio de café.
also is working with prominent museologists from the United States
to create these museums.
Guatemalan arts and crafts, from textiles to furniture-making, provide
a basis for tourism and future economic development.
The stunning scenery around Chocolá makes for great
hiking and points to great potential
for ecotourism in the near future.
Nearby Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful bodies
of water in the Americas.