The NGO Niños de Guatemala, which runs three schools for low-income kids in and around the town, leads alternative tours of Ciudad Vieja that really get beneath the surface of the community. A half-day tour takes you through the poorer section of town, then focuses on two of its principal industries: 'chicken bus' rebuilding and coffin making.

On another tour, participants visit a woodworking workshop in the outlying district of San Lorenzo el Cubo and learn how to make quitapeñas (worry dolls). Tour fees include transport from Antigua, guide and a snack. Prices vary according to group numbers (a private tour for two costs Q260 per person)