San Juan Tourism Cooperative
And welcome to my home the tranquilo village of San Juan, Intibucá!
My name is Barbara and I am currently (2006) working as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Among many things, I am trying to help out the local tourism cooperative.
am not telling you to come to San Juan just because I work with these people.
More so, because I work with the Cooperative, I feel I have the privilege to
tell you exactly why it is that you should come here.
A quick history:
Rural Eco-Tourism Project in San Juan
Cooperative was created in San Juan in 2002 as a community based initiative with
the goal of bettering the standard of living through the means of diversifying
economic development. Via this Cooperative, the members hope to provide the
community with a form of employment that is a little less intense and more
prosperously based in the love of nature and culture.
What you can do
In the tourism
packets that they offer, there are a diversity of sites and activities, all
supported by a united team of comedores, posadas, guides, land and horse owners,
and the visitors center. Tours pass through the beautiful countryside, with
destinations of hidden waterfalls, canyons, and coffee farms, all on foot, horse
back, or pick up truck. Visitors also have the chance to relax in mountain fed
pools, learn how to toast coffee the old fashioned way, partake in traditional
artisan demonstrations, and enjoy the typical food the San Juaneños have been
eating for decades. Eco-tourism here is 100% authentic and adventurous.
Why you should really come
In San Juan, you
will find a typical Honduran town with very hospitable people that are truly
interested and invested in getting to know you and providing you a memorable
experience. Whether it be hanging out and drinking a cup of fresh roasted coffee
by the fogon (wood burning stove) in the kitchen of Dona Soledad where
you are staying, or stopping at your guides house to meet his family and learn
how to make tortillas, the people here share their lives to an extent you will
not find in many tourist destinations. Hey- its also very affordable for the
backpacker on a budget.
L400/person (including guide and lunch)
Coffee roasting and
Artisan Demonstrations: L25/person
*prices subject to
Visitors Center in
the store of Gladys Nolasco, called the Docucentro Israel (504.754.7150) or email
How to get to San Juan
From San Pedro Sula
or Tegucigalpa, via the cities of La Esperanza, Intibucá or Gracias, Lempira,
you hop on the local buses or jalón (hitch a ride) in the back of a pick up.
Good Writer and Have