Fair Trade Artisan Tour

Upcoming Tour Dates:

November 7-14, 2017: $1550* (7 nights)
January 17-27. 2018: $2050* (10 nights)

This intimate 7-day or 10-day tour is limited to ten participants. For November tour registration form click HERE. For January tour registration form, please click HERE.
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 room accommodations. Single occupancy available. See tour registration form for single occupancy rates.

Sample Itinerary for 10 Day Tour (subject to change):

Wednesday - 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 - 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 - Rabinal
Morning – Mayan Hands 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 - 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 - Chichcicastenango
Market Day in Chichicastenango - world-famous textile market
Late afternoon drive back to Panajachel
Sleep Hotel Dos Mundos

Monday - 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 - 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 - Sololá/Antigua
Breakfast, Hotel Dos Mundos
Visit with Mayan Hands fieldworkers in Panajachel office
Visit Mayan Hands group in Morales, backstrap weavers of jaspe (ikat), recycled plastic bags and friendship bracelets
Lunch Paolino’s
Drive to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua
Sleep Hotel Posada San Pedro

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

Saturday - Homeward bound



Price is for one person double occupancy; add $250 (November tour) or $325 (January tour) for single rooms. We can take up to 10 people.

Part of the service we provide is that you will receive communication by email before you come with packing recommendations, weather reports, emergency contact information for your families, etc.

Security is always a question that comes up and will be addressed both before you come and while you are here. Know that we will take care of you and you will be safe. 


Registration Information:

You can download a registration form by clicking on one of these links:

Mayan Hands November 2017 Tour Registration Form

Mayan Hands January 2018 Tour Registration Form 

Or email to request a registration form. A 50% down payment will hold your space. Please make checks payable to Mayan Hands or call to pay by credit card. The check and registration form should be sent to:

Mayan Hands 
420 Whitehall Road 
Albany, NY 12208

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