In 2017, the Guatemala Visiting School will be focussed on Lake Atitlán, one of the most important natural, cultural and touristic icons of Guatemala. We will explore the lake by conducting a wide range of activities: we will ride canoes and local tuc-tucs, we will fly drones, make aerial photos and videos and we will learn how to get 3D models from them; we will also film and interview local people and conduct local surveys to get specific information; we will download, visualize and analyze data from different sources using GIS. In summary, we will gain different insights into the lake and its physical and social environment with the aim of eventually working on diverse visions for the future of the lake, crystalized in the production of a number of short documentary films. Different lectures and conferences will take place throughout the whole workshop, articulating and informing the work in progress and the discussion on the different topics to address.

Where and when?

The 11-days workshop will take place from the 26th of June to the 6th of July 2017 at three different locations. The meeting point for all participants will be Guatemala City, from where the group will travel to Santa Catarina Palopó, where we will have a 5-day stay and will get a first-hand experience at the Lake Atitlán. There, the aim will be to explore the lake, investigate its environmental conditions and meet the particular communities that inhabit the area. Atitlan is the land of the Tz’utuhiles, Kaqchikeles, and Kiche’s, ethnic people descendent from the Mayas, each one with their own language, culture, and traditions. After staying at the lake, the workshop will continue with a 2-day stay at the Casa Popenoe, a 1762 colonial villa in Antigua Guatemala, the former capital of the country, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, the workshop will continue with a 4-day stay in Guatemala City, at the facilities of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) campus, where we will develop different proposals based on the previous analysis and insights.