Claudia Lopez, owner and curator of the Guatemalan Boutique, will host this small tour group that explores Guatemalan, Textiles, and Art & Cuisine. Go back in time, as the tour begins in the historic City of Guatemala and ends at the colonial town of Antigua.
The tour will include visits to markets, museums and specialized textiles shops. Participate in Huipil demonstrations and learn about the history of the textiles, to include the differences in color, styles and symbolism from various regions of Guatemala.
The tour will begin in Guatemala City, with a visit to ‘Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena”, a museum that highlights the history of Guatemalan textiles, with an afternoon in the Mercado Central, The tour will also experience the beauty of Lake Atitlan and the villages of Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan La Laguna, that surround the lake.
A highlight of the tour will be a visit to Chichicastenango’ s market. The largest and most colorful market in all of Central America! The final leg of the tour will be the charming colonial town of Antigua.
Once the capital of Guatemala and of all of Central America. Antigua is a historic town, with magnificent churches, parks, museums and charming shopping.
The tour includes all cultural themed meals, accommodations, demonstrations and tours.
Arrive Guatemala City – Welcome Dinner
The day will begin with a visit to Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena – Traditional Maya textiles Museum. A lunch break and visit to the main Mercado Central. An observation of the Guatemala National Palace, prior to enjoying a traditional meal at a renowned local restaurant.
Early departure to Panajachel, with a stop at “Katok” for Guatemalan lunch experience. Upon arrival of Panajachel, a shopping adventure on “La Calle Santander”. The day will end with a fun cultural themed dinner “Pinguinos”
We will board a small private boat from Lake Atitlan to the village of San Juan La Laguna. Visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and the natural dye process used to make their famous petates: woven mats made from lake reeds. Continue to the village of Santiago, where villagers still adhere to the traditional lifestyle of the Tz’utuhil Maya.bAlong Santiago’s main street are art galleries filled with oil paintings depicting busy market scenes and typical life in the highlands, we will end the day with cozy dinner in town
Early departure to Chichicastenango market. Chichicastenango is a Mayan community with the world’s largest Mayan handicraft market. Described as the most famous and colorful in the country. Afternoon departure to the colonial town of Antigua. Dinner in downtown Antigua
Morning Walking tour: Parque Central, Iglesia La Merced, to Nim Pot Textiles Mercado and Mercado del Carmen; Mercado de Artesanías de las Capuchinas; Arco de Santa Catalina. Dinner in a traditional restaurant.
Guest will have a free day in Antigua.
Good – Bye Breakfast! Pack your treasure and travel home with fabulous memories