Arch in Antigua, A Unesco World Heritage Site

Arch in Antigua, A Unesco World Heritage Site

Crafts for a Cause - Sample Itinerary             

Day 1: Arrival Day

Fly down to Guatemala City and get picked up for your overnight at a B & B 5 minutes from the Guatemala City Airport. Relax and get ready for the morning trip to Santiago Atitlan.

 

Day 2: Travel to Santiago Atitlan

You will be picked up in Guatemala City by private van and driven to Santiago Atitlan, in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Your first stop is the famous Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena  (textile museum) to orient you to what you will see over the course of our week together. The ride starts out in the city and as you proceed you will see the Mayan people dressed in their indigenous ropa (traditional clothing) and small farms scattered over the hillsides.

Arrive at the Posada de Santiago built on the edge of Lake Atitlan. Unpack and check out this wonderful and friendly hotel where we will spend the first 3 nights of our trip.

Dinner as a group at the Posada.

Sleep: The Posada de Santiago

 

Day 3: Explore Santiago Atitlan

Breakfast at the Posada. We will be joined by our local Mayan guide, Dolores Ratzan Pablo, for a walking/tuktuk/truck tour of Santiago. We will visit a weaving cooperative, a jewelry cooperative store, a small textile museum and shop, the Peace Park, the Santiago church and the Santiago market.

Dinner as a group at the Posada.

Sleep: The Posada de Santiago

 

Day 4: Mon Day trip to San Juan Atitlan

Travel by small launch to San Juan de Atitlan- a small Lakeside pueblo that specializes in natural dyeing. Tour the weaving coops and artist galleries of this very special Mayan village.

We will be back to the Posada in time for you to schedule a massage, sit by the lake or pool, take a hot tub, or travel back down to the market.

Dinner as a group at the Posada.

Sleep: The Posada de Santiago

 

Day 5: Panajachel and Solola

After an early breakfast, we will take our launcha boat across Lake Atitlan to Panajachel. We check into our hotel and go to the fire station- where indigenous woman set up a flea market of textiles. This is one of our favorite places to shop. Antique huipils, cortes, fajas- use them for slipcovers, tableware, clothes or wall hangings.

After the Firestation, we hop on a colorful ‘chicken bus’ to ride up the hill to Solola. Here we are greeted by my good friends, the weavers of Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo. Join them for a guided tour of the production and dying process and shop at the Coop store. We are invited to have lunch with them.

Dinner as a group (think Margaritas and Guacamole)

Sleep: Hotel Dos Mundos, Panajachel

 

Day 6: Panajachel and San Antonio Polopo

After breakfast we make our way to the Mayan Families headquarters. We get a tour of their day care center, trade school and hear about their student sponsorship programs.

With our private driver, we are taken around Lake Atitlan to San Antonio Polopo- a small village that specializes in foot loom woven fabrics and local ceramics. We have a special lunch in Santa Catarina, where we see unique clothing and elaborate hair ornamentation. Return to Panajachel mid afternoon. Time before dinner to shop the market, take a nature walk in the Natura Preserve, go to an archeology museum or relax by the pool.

Dinner as a group in Panajachel

Sleep: Hotel Dos Mundos, Panajachel

 

Day 7: Antigua

Today we leave Pana, in our private van for the trip to Antigua- a UNESCO World Heritage City. Check into our hotel and spend the afternoon getting oriented. We will point out our favorite galleries, shops and markets.

Dinner as a group in Antigua

Sleep: Meson de Maria, Antigua

 

Day 8: Antigua

Our final day before traveling home is a free day to explore the local markets, cafes and sights of this beautiful city. The former colonial capital of Guatemala holds much history and culture.

Elizabeth Bell leads an historical walking tour of the city 9:30-12:30, for those interested. (Cost $20)

We have breakfast at our hotel; lunch is on your own.

Dinner as a group in Antigua

Sleep: Meson de Maria, Antigua

 

Day 9: Travel home

This morning we are picked up by private van and escorted to the Guatemala City airport for our trip home or on to Tikal- the high Mayan ruins.

 

Itinerary subject to change at tour leader’s discretion.