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Explore the picturesque lakeside town of Santa Catarina Palopó, guided by MAIA Girl Pioneer and Santa Catarina local Milsa Sajvin. Get to know this beautiful town that’s distinguished by the colorful paintings on its walls with amazing designs of the symbols found on the contemporary huipils.  

Milsa will share her culture and community with you on a walking tour of her hometown. This traditional artisan and agricultural town is known for its beautiful painted homes and businesses. Each wall showcases the traditional designs found in contemporary weavings that are handwoven there.  

About the tour

Milsa will meet you in the main plaza in Santa Catarina Palopó. Your tour, rich in culture and history, includes a visit to all of the key sites and will end in Milsa’s home, where she has set up a cultural center. You will visit the town’s main locations including the dock, the church, Pintando Santa Catarina Palopó, the cultural center of the town, and other important places. The tour includes a traditional lunch at Milsa’s house, where you will have the opportunity to test out your tortilla-making skills. It’s not as easy as it looks!

The time I spent with Milsa was one of my most enjoyable days in Lake Atitlán. She immediately made me and my niece feel welcome
— Mary Ellen Russo

Milsa Sajvin is a MAIA Girl Pioneer from Santa Catarina Palopó

She is studying tourism and is working with MAIA to lead tours of her hometown. Milsa has been part of the STF Summit in NYC were she shared some of her favorite Vocal Empowerment exercises, you can watch the full video clicking here.

  • Santa Catarina Palopó tours are available from Thursday through Sunday.

  • We recommend starting your tour at 10:00am. Tours last about 3 hours.

  • The Santa Catarina Palopó Tour costs Q.200 per person or $30 (USD).

  • Tours guided by Milsa can be in English, Spanish, or Kaqchikel.

  • All the revenue of the tour supports MAIA's Impact School as well as Milsa's university-related expenses.

    *Special pricing for groups larger than 10.

If you have any questions or would like to book a tour, please send us an email at or fill out the form below.

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