The Guatemalan highlands of the Antigua region produce some of the country’s most notable coffees. In Spanish, Antigua means ancient, and the city certainly is that. Rich in baroque Spanish architecture and colonial heritage sites, Antigua has become a hub for for students desiring to immerse themselves in Spanish language studies. Just outside of the city lies San Miguel Escobar, home of the coffee cooperative of the same name.
Should you tour the cooperative and working coffee farm, be prepared to hike through the lush foothills where you can chat with the farmers and workers as they plant, cultivate, pick, process, and sort their current coffee crop. It’s also a great place to volunteer, working side by side with the Guatemalan people who are characteristically genuine, hardworking, and hospitable.
“Certainly during this trip I learned a lot of Spanish,” Says one woman after a summer there, “but I didn’t expect San Miguel Escobar to be truly such an important teacher, to show me simply that there is always a reason to smile. And that is what I will always remember.”