To the Community
By working with local Guatemalan families, Columbus Luxury Travel forges amazing partnerships that not only allow us to give back but also help us share the customs and traditions of a remarkable culture that transcends time. We invite you to share these unique experiences with one of our families and help build a stronger and better local community.
San Antonio Aguas Calientes is situated at 1,577 meters elevation above sea level. The people here cultivate corn, beans, vegetables, and coffee. But a vital part of this small community is their famous weaving products. With approximately 8,632 inhabitants, 52% of the population are women, with 80% of them still weaving their customary wear, thanks to the tradition past down from their mothers.
An inspirational project, constituting 16 families, was created to provide opportunities to the children of this area. The organization FROM HOUSES TO HOMES, has enabled 12 of these families to rebuild their homes, made from cornstalks, to now a stable foundation of cinder block.
THE STORY BEHIND FROM HOUSES TO HOMES
These families generate funds by sharing with visitors their lifestyle, full of Mayan traditions, which now sustains 158 people. These people have embraced the wonders of their traditions and have opened the doors of their homes to allow their visitors to experience a truly warm welcome from the heart of the GUATEMALAN people.
Through this community effort, guests can discover Mayan customs including the tastes of Mayan food, by sharing and cooking a delicious meal, experience the weaving process past down for years, and learn and help to collect herbs and vegetables grown with a traditional approach.
To the Environment
When we allow our values to guide us, we support the actions to do right by our partners, our customers, our community, and our business. Our all-encompassing approach to reducing our environmental impact requires that we look at all aspects of our business; how they correlate and how we can create new solutions to develop meaningful and sustained change.