Overview:

Textiles are intrinsically woven into the fabric of Guatemala. This journey through the central regions delves into the cultural and historical significance of textiles in Guatemala. From the lush valleys to the foreboding volcanoes, we not only visit different communities but will immerse ourselves in the extraordinary landscape of this country.

Most importantly this itinerary highlights the women that make these incredible textiles. We discover the movement initiated and started by Mayan women to protect and preserve the rich tradition of weaving and learn about the importance of textiles in relation to Mayan culture and history. We will see the various styles and patterns from different communities and witness the painstaking labor it takes to make one piece. There is also opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop where you will use the loom with instruction from an expert Mayan weaver and learn about the natural dyeing process. Learn more here.

DATE: October 27th-Nov. 2nd, 2019

October 25th-31st, 2020

(7 days, 6 nights)

PRICE:

  • $2450 per person based on double occupancy (2 beds) OR

  • $490 in 5 installments

  • $350 for single supplement

LOCATION: Antigua, Santiago Atitlán, San Juan La Laguna, Sumpango Sacatepéquez

Antigua architecture

Trip Highlights:

  1. Participate in a hands-on workshop where you will use the loom with instruction from an expert Mayan weaver

  2. Witness and partake in the unbelievable Dia de los Muertos Giant Kite Festival

  3. Hear the different stories of Mayan weavers and learn about their daily lives.

Itinerary:

Day 5: San Juan La Laguna

A short boat ride away is the delightful village of San Juan. We will explore the quaint shops and take a natural dyeing class. Optional outdoor activities in the afternoon.

Day 6: Giant Kite Festival

We head to Sumpango Sacatepéquez where the kite festival takes place. This will truly be an experience you have never seen!

Day 7: Departures from Guatemala City

Check out of our accommodations inn Antigua and transfer those going home to the airport.

Day 1: Arrival to Antigua

Upon arrival in the morning into Guatemala City we will transfer right to the colorful city of Antigua. You will have the afternoon to explore the colonial district

Day 2: Weddings, weaving & cooking class

We have the honor of spending the day with the women of Manos de Fé where they will talk all about the traditions of marriage and how textiles play a significant part in that. Lunch will be a cooking workshop with the women.

Day 3: Santo Domingo Xenacoj

Visit this lovely community about 45 min outside Antigua. We will learn about their style of weaving as well as participate in a kite making workshop and see preparations for the upcoming festival of kites!

Day 4: Lake Atitlán

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We transfer to Lake Atitlán and take a boat to the community of Santiago where they are known for their bird weavings.

Whats Included:

ACCOMODATIONS:

4 nights in hotel in Antigua, 1 night homestay, 1 night in bed & breakfast

MEALS:

6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

  • Bilingual guide

  • Private transportation

  • Driver

  • Airport transfers

  • Community experiences

  • Cooking class

  • Dyeing workshop

  • Entrance fees

  • Excusions

  • Boat ride

Gallery of images from our last tour!

Departures:

October 27th-November 2nd 2019 double & single rooms w/ shared bath.