GUATEMALA, SAN JOSE DEL LAGO
Finca San Jose del Lago is definitely a must visit farm! It is located in the western highlands of Guatemala in the department of Solola overlooking beautiful lake ATITLAN and not one but three majestic volcanoes – ATITLAN, SAN PEDRO and TOLIMAN. The farm family history goes back all the way to the beginning of 1900’s and first coffee planting begun in 1940’s. After the coffee crisis in the 1990’s the family decided to diversify and also included bananas and most recently avocados as an additional crop. Nevertheless coffee has always been the family’s number one passion and love.
Finca San Jose del Lago has supported the local community for many years; donated land for the construction of the local school and health assistance center. Also, frequent donations of medicines for the health center. The farm has strict rules that prohibit hunting and logging in the farm. More than 3⁄4 of the farm are part of an amazing conservation area, in which many animals and birds live.
Bird watching is amazing on the farm! The most important natural resource is, of course, the lake. The farm has been cleaning its shore with the lake, besides leaving a buffer area from the coffee plantation to the lake.