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“Home away from home.”
Review of Lema Association

Lema Association
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Lema, one of the oldest weaving cooperatives in the Solola region, is located in the center of the historic and tranquil town of San Juan La Laguna that borders Lake Atitlan. All of the textiles at Lema are made by local artisians that use natural dyes to create a diverse array of culturally authentic textiles. In addition to the store, Lema offers an authentic Guatemalan experience in a Tzutujil village through their home stay experience! The package includes a complete cultural experience in San Juan La Laguna. Each homestay offers two bedrooms with one to two beds. Bathrooms are shared with host families and other guests. Three authentic, homecooked, Guatemalan meals are provided daily. Homestays also offer traditional weaving classes, local coffee plantation tours, fishing tours, and guided hike of the "Mayan Face."The store is located up the hill from beautiful Lake Atitlan. San Juan La Laguna attracts many tourists with its tranquility and authentic Mayan culture. You can either take the minibus from Antigua or embark on a short ferry ride from Panajachel, a more urban area with many bars and restarants.Once you arrive at the San Juan dock, Lema is about a seven minute walk directly up the hill. Tuc Tucs are available to transport guests and luggage for a small fee of 5 quetzales.A basic understanding of Spanish for the home stay experience is advisable. WiFi is not available but there are many internet cafes within walking distance. Feel free to contact us with any questions! We look forward to meeting you!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 19, 2013

If you visit Lake Atitlan, you must pay a visit to the quiet, picturesque town of San Juan La Laguna and spend time at the Lema Association! I had the wonderful pleasure of enjoying a one-week homestay experience there this past summer. I cannot speak more highly of Rosa, Lema's founder and owner, and her beautiful family. I consider Lema a home away from home. In San Juan, a 30-minute boat ride from the bustling, tourist hub of Panajachel, you can enjoy breathtaking views, guided nature hikes, historical murals, and handmade, all-natural textiles. This is easily one of the best places in the region to buy scarves and bags. Lema offers a new inclusive tourism package if you want an affordable, authentic Solola experience. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Lemá is a cooperative of women teaching, learning, and doing naturally dyed, handwoven traditional and contemporary textiles. We spent over an hour there, listening to the description of their processes and learning not only about the indigenous plants they use but also about their shared contributions and support of their co-op. With more notice they do formal demos and even classes. I bought a number of items, all very reasonably priced and well crafted. It was a fascinating discovery, and very nice to support this kind of effort. In fact it turns out that there a number of similar co-op ventures in this tiny pueblo, so save some time (and money) to discover the others! The entire pueblo of San Juan la Laguna has a very different feel from the main towns around the lake. A bit harder to get to but well worth it. Oh, and neither co-op I stopped at took credit cards, so come with cash.

1  Thank abcfox
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

I discovered the Lema Association by participating in their homestay offering. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for an authentic Guatemalan experience. My homestay mom was one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and I know I will look back fondly on the week I spent in the community. Additionally, the weaving storefront that the association is based around has some pretty amazing stuff...I was able to score some beautiful gifts for my mom and sisters back home!

2  Thank Daniel T
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Lema was a beautiful store with quality, traditional Mayan textiles. The bags and scarves were super cute and really affordable. They also offered fun weaving classes that included the scarf we helped make. The owner, Rosa, was very friendly and the store had a welcoming, homey vibe. I heard they're in the process of opening up a cafe. I'll definitely come visit again in the future.

3  Thank jwilliams10
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile
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