Guatemalan Fair Trade Weaving Adventure

January 18-27, 2017

This intimate 10-day tour is limited to ten participants.
To register: MAYAN-HANDS-tour-registration-January-2017
$1950* + airfare

Included: all meals, ground transportation, hotels (double occupancy) and admission fees.
Not included: round trip airfare, personal expenses (shopping purchases, snacks and alcoholic beverages)
*Price is based on double hotel accommodations. Single occupancy available for an additional $325.


Wednesday, Jan 18 – arrive
Afternoon – visit Museo Ixchel, museum of indigenous Mayan textiles
Tour Historic Center of Guatemala City
Dinner Los Cebollines Plaza España
Sleep – Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala City

Thursday, Jan 19 – Rabinal
Morning – drive east then west all to get north to Rabinal, Baja Verapaz
Lunch Pollo Campero, Salama
Afternoon – visit Flor de Algodón, foot loom weavers in Chuaperol, a village outside Rabinalvisit
Sleep – Posada San Pablo, Rabinal

Friday, Jan 20 – Rabinal
Morning – MH group in San Rafael, backstrap weavers and natural dyers
Afternoon – drive back to Guatemala City
Visit Mayan Hands main office as we enter the city, meet Julio Cardona, Head Honcho
Sleep Ciudad Vieja

Saturday, Jan 21 – Tecpan, Iximché, Panajachel
Breakfast 7:00 am, Ciudad Vieja
Morning – visit Las Ruinas de Iximché, Mayan site dating early 1500s, with presentation on Mayan cosmology and an explanation of the Mayan calendar and your own Nahual.
Mayan fire ceremony
Lunch at the home of Paula, our host
Visit Mayan Hands cooperative Las Gladiolas, pine needle basket weavers extraordinaire
Drive to Panajachel
Sleep Hotel Dos Mundos

Sunday, Jan 22, Chichcicastenango
Market Day in Chichicastenango – world-famous textile market
Late afternoon drive back to Panajachel
Sleep Hotel Dos Mundos

Monday, Jan 23 – Panajachel
Breakfast, Hotel Dos Mundos
Morning – visit Mayan Hands group in Vasconcelos, backstrap weavers and needle felters
Lunch in Vasconcelos
Visit Multicolores  Guatemala, inspirational rug hooking project
Free time in Panajachel
Sleep Dos Mundos

Tuesday, Jan 24 – Panajachel
Breakfast at 8:00 am, Hotel Dos Mundos
Visit Mayan Hands group in Santiago Atitlán, foot loom and backstrap weavers
Lunch at Sharing the Dream and visit Elder Center
Sleep Hotel Dos Mundos

Wednesday, Jan 25 – Sololá/Antigua
Breakfast, Hotel Dos Mundos
Visit with Mayan Hands fieldworkers in Panajachel office
Visit Mayan Hands group in Morales, backstrap weavers of recycled plastic bags and lots more
Lunch Paolino’s
Drive to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua
Sleep Hotel Posada San Pedro

Thursday, Jan 26
Breakfast together
Rest of day and night free in Antigua (with suggestions) – visit local markets or macadamia farm
Lunch and dinner on your own
Sleep Hotel Posada San Pedro

Friday, Jan 27
Breakfast early in Antigua
Mayan Hands main office and warehouse in Guatemala City
Lunch at warehouse with Mayan Hands with Deborah Chandler, author Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, Guatemalan Woven Wealth and Learning to Weave
Afternoon –visit Mapa Relieve
Farewelll dinner together, joined by others from Mayan Hands
Sleep Ciudad Vieja

Saturday, Jan 28
Homeward bound

* Subject to change!