What is the Chirrepec Tea Eco-Tour?
From the green mountains of AV 5 km from the county seat of Coban, it is located the Integral Agricultural Cooperative Chirrepec RL, founded on May 8, 1968 with 83 settlers of what was once a farm. Eco-Tour Tea Chirripeco is the only tour of tea in Guatemala and developed in the Agricultural Cooperative Integral Chirrepec, which is formed by a local indigenous community dedicated to the cultivation, processing and marketing of black tea, 100% organic.
The tour includes:
(short and long tours)
- Brief description of history as Cooperative.
- Presentation of the facilities.
- Visit the tea plantings in the field (harvest, clean and pruning)
- Visit the seedbed.
- Visit the sacred Chirrepec Cave.
- Visit the old German house.
- Investigate the industrial processing plant.
- Visit the packing plant.
- Attend presentations from TE Chirrepeco in the sales room (marketing area).
- Have a tea tasting and visit our small museum (tourism room).
History of the Project
In 1863, during an influx of German planters, Don Oscar Majus Klöffer arrived in Alta Verapaz. Klöffer is credited with the initial planting of what are now our most important crops, including coffee, cardamom, black pepper, and, most important of all, the black tea. In 1967, the community organized to improve the cultivation of tea and find a consumer market. Today there are more than 300 associated families. These families are responsible for the care, harvest, and production of tea in their own areas.
The Chirrepec Tea Cooperative offers an export-quality 100% organic tea. We invite the public to visit our facilities and learn about the production process we have carefully perfected. This is the only tea tour in the country, and the producers, the local Q'eqchi' people, are dedicated to the cultivation, processing, and sale of Chirrepec tea. They are proud to share their work with visitors who come to the plantation. The Cooperative has trained guides who will teach visitors all about our tea. Visitors can participate in our eco-tour, which explains the details of planting, tending, harvesting, processing and marketing of our delicious tea.