DESCRIPTION:

Guatemala ingredients

This week long trip explores the colorful streets of Antigua and the surrounding villages to the rural communities of Lake Atitlan. Guatemala is brimming with color, art, history, and diverse culture. This small country has a big heart and Guatemalans are incredibly hospitable and welcoming.

We will interact with many community organizations and meet individuals who are really invested in preserving the Guatemalan culture and traditions as well as empowering the Guatemalan people.

Not only are will there be an in depth exploration of textiles and the art of weaving but we will taste the healthy and delicious cuisine, have time to shop, and enjoy the breathtaking nature that is around every corner.

[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]

FULL ITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival Antigua

After arriving into Guatemala City in the morning we will immediately transfer to Antigua which is about a 45 minute drive. You will have some time to settle into the hotel and grab lunch on your own. The group will gather in the afternoon for a walking tour of this gorgeous city followed by a welcome dinner at the delicious Welten restaurant. (D)

Hotel: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day 2: Manos de Fe weaving and cooking presentation

After breakfast we head to the small community of San Antonio Aguas Calientes. We will spend the day with the ladies of Manos De Fe a coop of women weavers supporting each other and preserving the rich traditions of weaving. They will explain the traditions of marriage and how textiles play an important role in this. We will see demonstrations of weaving and tortilla making and make lunch all together in a cooking class. We will head back to Antigua in the late afternoon and enjoy another dinner together out on the town. (B,L,D)                                                             

Hotel: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day 3: Santo Domingo Xenacoj

The community of Xenacoj is about an hour into the hills outside Antigua. Some of the women from the community will be there to meet us and talk about the history of Xenacoj. There will be a full day experience here starting with a tour of the daily market. We head to a small textile school and try our hand at weaving on the loom! After lunch with the community, we will head to a local school to help put the finishing touches on the giant kites that will be flown on November 1st for the Dia de los Muertos festival. Dinner is on your own back in Antigua. (B,L)                                                                                                                 

Hotel: Posada Don Rodrigo

Day 4: Santiago Atitlán

Today we leave Antigua for the beautiful shores of lake Atitlán. After a 2 hour drive we take a boat ride from Panajachel to Santiago Atitlán. The village of Santiago is known for their intricate weavings of birds. We will have a textile presentation from one of the heads of the community organization Batz. After lunch we will head out and explore more of this beautiful town. (B,L,D) 

Hotel: Posada Santiago

Day 5: San Juan de la Laguna-Natural dyeing workshop

We will transfer across the lake to the village fo San Juan de la Laguna. There will be a hands-on demonstration on natural dyeing and we will learn how they create so many vibrant colors from things found in nature. Tonight everyone will be paired up with someone else and stay in a local home. (B,L,D) 

Hotel: Homestay

Day 6: Dia de los Muertos kite festival!

We will rise early to take our boat transfer back across lake Atitlán. Today is the famed Giant Kite Festival and we will get to seethe kites we helped make. This is truly an experience you will see no where else! We will have our farewell dinner back in Antigua. (B,L,D)                                                                                                                    

Hotel: Posada de Don Rodrigo

Day 7: Departures from Guatemala City

After breakfast transfers will be on hand to take you to the airport. (B)

DEPARTURES:

October 27th-Nov. 2nd, 2019. Double or single rooms w/ shared bath