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About La Choza Chula
La Choza Chula is a social enterprise based in El Paredón on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. We work to improve the quality of education, create employment opportunities and promote positive integration between tourists and local communities. We achieve this through sustainable education, enterprise and environmental projects. Come and visit us in the village where we have a shop selling locally produced, hand-made products and where you can book onto one of our Chula Tours! Admire the sea-turtles coming up for air, discover the salt-making process at sunset, or learn how to fish in the beautiful mangroves. All profits support La Choza Chula's community development projects!
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Warren wrote a review Nov 2019
Hamble, United Kingdom382 contributions146 helpful votes
La China Chula are fantastic. My wife and I booked the turtle tour, cooking class and mangrove tour with fishing. All of which were brilliant and provided a real glimpse in to the life of the locals. Our guides were knowledgeable and friendly and we had a fantastic time. They are inexpensive and worth every penny. And you are contributing to a worthy cause. Can’t recommend enough!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Anniina H, Manager at La Choza Chula
Responded Nov 14, 2019
Hi Warren! Thank you so much for your review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your day in El Paredón with us. Welcome back any time! :)
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tbradva wrote a review Jul 2019
Antigua, Guatemala46 contributions11 helpful votes
We truly loved experiencing this piece of paradise via boat tour and learning about the sea turtles that inhabit this area. We got to see a lot of them up close. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and so friendly and we loved getting to know them. You won’t regret doing this boat tour and learning more about this project.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Anniina H, Manager at La Choza Chula
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you so much for joining the tour, we are glad that you enjoyed it. Welcome back any time!
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amanda5805 wrote a review Jun 2019
Duncan, Canada3896 contributions267 helpful votes
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We were coming to Puerto Quetzal by cruise ship on our Panama Canal Trip. My spouse and I have been to Puerto Quetzal before but it was his aunt & uncles first time. We wanted something different to do besides the typical into Antigua for the day. Something more local. It was hard to find much but we ended up coming across a forum on Tripadvosir about La Choza Chula. La Choza Chula is located about an hour and a bit from the cruise port in a village called El Paredon. This seemed like exactly what we were looking for. I msged with Anniina several times. She was always so quick at respond. No matter what day of the week it was. She’s very knowledgeable. She set up a wonderful day for us with pick up at the cruise port. We wanted to book more activities but she recommended us to only do 2 so we would have extra time to get back to the cruise port. We did have to pay a 50% the amount up front but I believe paypal. The day of there was a little bit of confusing how the ship took us into a commercial port instead of the normally port with the cute market but the cruise ship did shuttle us over to the other port where we meet Anniina with a driver to picked us up. She had a sign saying La Choza Chula. So she was easy to spot. Anniina is an absolute gem. She’s is so caring, knowledgeable and passionate about the amazing things La Choza Chula is doing for the community in El Paredon. We really enjoyed spending the day with her, Celia, Adelso, Aura & their son Pedro! Your first stop was at the La Choza Chula office where they had clean drinking water and restrooms we could use. This is where we met Celia an intern who just arrived a few days before. She did a great job for only being there a few days and this was one of her first few tours. Then we were on our way. We were there on a Sunday so we got to see the school & library that they have build for the community but classes was not in section. I love that they have a veggie garden at the school and are teaching the kids about growing veggies. They have painted the school & library lovely colors, which really made them, feel inviting and fun for kids. They have also painted beautiful murals on same of the brick walls to make the town so colourful. We headed down to the Canal de Chiquimulilla in the Sipacate Naranjo National Park where we met Pedro & Adelso who were taking us on a mangrove boat tour and showing us how the locals fish. Boat 1 had my spouses Aunt & uncle, Anniina & Pedro and boat two had my spouse, myself, Celia & Adelso in it. These are not huge boats. But they were a lot of fun and it was such a nice day to be on the water. My spouse doesn’t like boats and was a bit nervous in the beginning but really came around to them by the end and this whole day was the biggest highlight of the whole trip for him! Anywho, back to our day! Our Spanish is horrible so Anniina & Celia translated tons of stories, information, questions for us. After our boat ride we walked up to the office again for clean water & restrooms and off we were walking the village to Adelso & his wife Aura’s home for a tour of a traditional Guatemala home and have a traditional home made lunch that we could help prepare. On the way we saw the cutest small local pineapples for sale. We did not have any quetzal’s so Anniina offer to pick one up but we only would allow it if she would allow us to pay her back in US funds. Which she did. She is so comminted to making sure you have an increedible experience. Omg Aura and her whole family was so welcoming and accommodating to all of us plus my food allergies. We had such a great time. I helped make the salad and we all helped make the fresh tortilla & empanadas. I love cooking back home but learned that I am the worst tortilla maker on the planet. But we all laughed and had a good time. Everything had amazing flavour and was cooked on an our door wood stove. They had this beautiful stone that they use with the dough for the tortilla’s that has been passed down for generations. They also had clean drinking water. We learn so much on how they live and what they eat. It was a wonderful eye open experience. That I would do again in a heart beat. After our fabulous time with Adelso, Aura & their family. We walked around the village a bit more and headed down to the beach. The streets are all sandy/dirt. Which gets really hot when it 35 degrees Celsius out. I wore sandals, which I would recommend wearing something a bit more how it does pour into the sandals and is very hot. We went back to the office where we could get clean water, use the restrooms or hang out in the hammocks until our driver can and picked us up (which was about 30mins) to take us back to the cruise port. At the office they also have items you can purchase. The items have a tag on them that gives you a bit of info about the person who made it. They were fair priced and way better then any souvenir you could get from the cruise port. Plus it helped out the community and the maker. Even with all the translating we knew everyone was having a good time how there was so much laugher going around it was contagious. I love everything this group is doing for this little community plus introducing them to tourism and showing them that it can be really good. I really hope they can get a vehicle so they don’t have to contract one out to pick up guests. Plus everyone we met that was volunteering for La Choza Chula was incredible to talk too. At the end of the day back on board the cruise ship we all couldn’t shut up about the amazing day we just had. It was the best day of our whole cruise!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from Anniina H, Manager at La Choza Chula
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Wow - we are so taken for your review! For a small social enterprise like us, that works closely with the community, we are so proud to have exceeded your expectations and making it a memorable day. We always want every experience to be unique and personal. It was wonderful to spend the time with you and to share the life in rural in Guatemala with you. We will be sure to pass the greeting to Aura, Adelso, Pedro Celia and everyone else involved. All the best to you!
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deenjil wrote a review Dec 2018
Solomons, Maryland75 contributions25 helpful votes
Found this through “the back door” while trying to find fishing excursions while the ship was in port. We were picked up at the port and (not quite) whisked away to El Paradon.... traffic was bad heading out but much better on the return to the ship. We had two different types of boat rides separated by a delicious meal in one of the local homes. The first one went to see the turtles with a stop to see the salt farm/processing. After lunch and a short walk, we boarded another boat for a ride through the mangroves where we saw numerous crabs, water birds, and “four eyed fish.” Towards the end, we tried our hand at fishing. Since it took so long to get away from the port in the morning, we were concerned about the timing so decided to cut the fishing time short. We got back to the port with an hour to spare. A delightful way to get away from the crowds with two ships in port.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Suzanne M wrote a review Nov 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands12 contributions4 helpful votes
I love what the team is doing at La Choza Chula. Creating jobs for locals, education and access to books for children and teaching kids how to grow and market vegetables. Enjoy one of the many trips you can do whist in the area.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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