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Maya Textiles Tour

Antigua - Chichicastenango - Lake Atitlan (7 days / 6 nts)  From $N/A

Textile Detail

Day 1: Arrival in Antigua (Unguided)
Antigua - CathedralGuests are met & transferred to Antigua. (1hr). Overnight in Antigua.
• Upgrade with informal lecture / discussion on background to Guatemala & its History

(Included meals : N / A).

Day 2: Textile Day Trip Antigua & Villages (Guide FD)
Guests will be met by our Textile Expert for a full day tour of Antigua & surrounding villages to learn about the famous Guatemalan Textiles – weaving techniques, natural dyes,symbolism – and to see the back strap loom method of weaving ongoing in Maya homes. Lunch will be in one of the local restaurants in Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 3: Ixchel Museum and Azotea Coffee Farm & Maya
Museums (Guide FD) Guests will be picked up from their hotel for the transfer to Ixchel Textile Museum in Guatemala City. Guests will learn about the history of textiles and the ongoing work of the museum to preserve this ancient craft. Lunch will be in a restaurant in Guatemala City. After lunch guests will be transferred back to the fabulous Azotea Coffee Farm & Maya Traditions Museums covering traditional music, costume & traditions. Overnight in Antigua.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 4: Transfer to Lake Atitlan and visit Textile Cooperation (Guide FD)
Today guests will be met at their hotel and will be transferred to Lake Atitlan. On the way guests will stop in Solola to visit a women’s textile cooperation. Here guests will be showed the different weaving techniques etc. of the area. After the visit guests will transfer on to their hotel at Lake Atitlan. The afternoon will be free to relax. Overnight in the Lake Atitlan region.

(Included meals : Breakfast).

Day 5: Chichi Market (Guide FD)
Today guests transfer approx. 1hr to the famous market at Chichi. Time for shopping in this fabulous craft market and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church. Guests will enjoy lunch in Chichicastenango before being transferred back to your hotel for overnight.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 6: Lake Tour (San Juan, Santiago) (Guide FD)
Textile DetailThis morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where they will visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and natural dye process. Guests will have lunch in a local restaurant.

Guests can visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters. From here guests continue to the village of Santiago where they will visit another textile cooperation. After the tour guests will be transferred back to Antigua for overnight.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch).

Day 7: Fly out from Guatemala (Unguided)
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport (approx 1hour) in plenty of time to catch their flight.

(Included meals : Breakfast).

POSSIBLE EXTENSION
• Tikal – 2 or 3 Day Extension

** Casa Palopo:- Supplement on HIGH rates

  High-end hotels
  Panza Verde – Standard Suite in Antigua
  Hotel Atitlan - Std Room at Lake Atitlan
  Camino Real Tikal – Standard Room in Tikal Area
  Westin Camino Real – Deluxe room in Guatemala City
  Bonifaz – Standard Room in Quetzaltenango #
  Santo Tomas or Mayan Inn – Std Room in #
  Villa Caribe – Suite in Rio Dulce area #
  Unicornio Azul – Std Room in Huehuetenango Area #
  Hacienda San Lucas – Std Room in Copan #
   
  # (This is not a high end hotel but is the best in the area)
   
  MEALS
  American breakfast throughout (Except Panza Verde which only offers Continental Buffet Breakfast)
  GUIDES & TOURS
  Private minibus transfers at all times, private guided tours
   
   
  Mid-range hotels
  Meson de Maria – Standard Room in Antigua
  Posada de Don Rodrigo – Standard Room in Lake Atitlan
  Casona del Lago – Standard Room in Tikal Area
  Holiday Inn – Standard room in Guatemala City
  Bonifaz – Standard Room in Quetzaltenango
  Santo Tomas - Standard Room in Chichicastenango
  Catamaran – Standard Room in Rio Dulce area
  Unicornio Azul – Standard Room in Huehuetenango Area
  Don Udos – Standard Room in Copan
  MEALS
  Continental breakfast throughout
  GUIDES & TOURS
  Private minibus transfers at all times, private guided tours
   
   
  Economic hotels
  Entre Volcanes – Standard Room in Antigua
  Hotel Kakchiquel – Standard Room at Lake Atitlan
  Hotel Peten – Standard Room in Tikal Area
  Holiday Inn – Standard room in Guatemala City
  Bonifaz – Standard Room in Quetzaltenango
  Hotel Chugila - Standard Room in Chichicastenango
  Hacienda Tijax – Cabana with private bathroom in Rio Dulce area
  Unicornio Azul – Standard Room in Huehuetenango Area
  Casa de Café – Standard Room in Copan
  MEALS
  Continental breakfast throughout
  GUIDES & TOURS
  Private minibus transfers at all times, private guided tours