The Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute is located in the community of Pachitulul, part of the municipality of San Lucas Tolimán, on the south side of Lake Atitlán. The entrance to the community is on kilometer 3.5, outside of town, on the road to Santiago Atitlán. Walk down the unpaved road for half a kilometer towards the lake, and at the end of the road turn left and you will reach a parking lot. Walk 30 meters and at the end of the road you will find our offices.
Do you need more specific instructions, are you coming from another direction, or would you like us to provide you with a reliable tuc-tuc number?
You can find online many shared and private shuttle services (Q150-300). From Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala you can get to Panajachel on such shuttles. Panajachel is located next to San Lucas Tolimán, on the shores of Lake Atitlán, where IMAP is located.
From Panajachel, take a boat (Q25) to San Lucas Tolimán. Then, take a mototaxi (Q15), also known as “tuc-tuc”, and tell them that you are going to Pachitulul. The mototaxi will travel along a road before reaching our community. This is where an unpaved road begins. The driver will ask you on which side is IMAP at the end of the road. Tell them to turn left and get off at the parking lot. Walk for about two minutes between small pine trees and you will find the entrance of IMAP.
It is also possible to book private transportation that will pick you up at the airport or anywhere else and drop you off directly at IMAP. Get in touch!
The cheapest and fastest way to get to IMAP from Guatemala City is by public bus ( also known as “chicken bus”). These colorful vehicles travel at high speed and you may have to share your seat with up to four other people. Make sure you clearly indicate that you want to go to San Lucas Tolimán and that the bus has “Atitlán” written on the windshield. Otherwise you will have to make one or two additional transfers and pay more. We do not recommend public buses unless you are a seasoned traveler in Latin America. If you look disoriented, you may attract the attention of pickpockets and scammers.
Go to the Central BUS Terminal (known as “CENMA” by locals) located in Guatemala City. This is where the trucks that travel all over the country leave from.
To get to this truck terminal, you can take an Uber or InDriver from the airport or your hotel. We suggest you avoid public white cabs at all costs.
The buses you can take are called the “ATITECA” or the “ESMERALDA” (Q50). Look for them on platform 44A at CENMA. The sign will say “Patulul / San Lucas Tolimán / Santiago Atitlán”. They both go through the same route: Escuintla – Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa – Cocales – Patulul – San Lucas Tolimán – Santiago Atitlán. They leave CENMA every hour from 7:00AM to 4:00PM. These vans even leave you in front of the Pachitutul community where iMAP is located (not to be confused with Patulul, located much earlier on the road). We recommend that you sit in the front and let the driver know that you are getting off in Pachitulul when you arrive in San Lucas Tolimán (the driver’s assistant will announce it). You will have to walk on an unpaved road for about ten minutes and turn left. If it is more convenient and you have a lot of luggage, you can get off at the market or the cemetery in San Lucas Tolimán and take a mototaxi or tuc-tuc (Q15) to Pachitulul that will drop you off at the IMAP parking lot.