An incredible opportunity to visit one of the most colorful areas of the
world! Join Deb Roberts and World of Quilts Travel as we
explore the highlands of Guatemala, including Antigua, Lake Atitlan and
Chichicastengo. Our photography expert, Gregory Case, will be teaching us
the best tips and tricks for travel photography during our optional
pre-tour workshop and together, we learn about the the textile and
folk-art cultures these areas are known for.
November 5, 2013: Main Tour Begins Today
Pre-tour photography workshop schedule for days 1, 2 and 3, November 3 -
5, with Gregory Case - below)
November 5, 2013: For those not participating in the photography
classes, today, you will fly into Guatemala City from your
home town. With the World of Quilts
Travel 'Free to Fly' program, not only will you avoid the hassles
associated with meeting at a fixed departure airport to travel with a
group, but you may leave when you want and use any points or mileage plan
that suits you! In the past, clients who fly independently save 100s
of dollars over group arranged flights. Deb's program allows you to
save money while you relax and enjoy your flight from anywhere you choose.
On arrival, you will meet our complimentary hotel shuttle for transfer to
our Guatemala City hotel.
Day 4: November 6: GUATEMALA CITY – This morning
we will enjoy an orientation to our Guatemala tour over breakfast with our
guide. Our first stop of the day will be the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous
Textiles and Clothing where we will enjoy a curatorial guided tour.
The museum has notable collections of ceramics, textiles and jewelry.
Following our visit here, we will go to the Museum of Archeology which
houses the country's most important collection of Maya artifacts. After
lunch we will spend time in the craft market and include a stop at the
famous shop, “In Nola”. This is known as 'the place' in
Guatemala City for textiles and other Guatemalan folk art.
Late this afternoon
we will transfer to Antigua. La
Antigua Guatemala, is a colonial city declared by UNESCO as a "Cultural
Heritage of Humanity" site. It has a rich past of culture and tradition.
Before arriving at our hotel in Antigua, we will make a stop at,
Casa des Artes for weavings and embroidery. After we check into our hotel,
we will enjoy a welcome dinner together. B, L, D
Day 5: November 7:
After breakfast, we will visit the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes,
known for its beautiful textiles. We will visit the public market
and stop at Carolina's house, a cooperative of women selling handmade
Carolina Perez de Guaran, a Quiche Maya, is internationally recognized as
one of the world's greatest weavers and has shown her art in Berlin,
New York, Milan and Scandinavia. She is a living national treasure. With
her three daughters, Graciela, Astrid and Dali, she tries to keep the
weaver's tradition alive through her school to train local girls in the
weaving techniques of their ancestors.
After lunch, we return
to Antigua for
walking tour, the central market and
the shop known as Nim Po't which is a FREE TRADE shop for textiles.
Tonight we will have dinner together. B, L, D
Day 6: November 8: This morning we will
leave Antigua, and head for Panajachel and Lake Atitlan. On our way
we will stop in San Andres Xecul, to see the well known yellow church
which is covered with Mayan symbols. Following lunch, we will
continue to Lake Atitlan which they say is one of the most beautiful lakes
in the Americas, and the village of Panajachel, the afternoon will
be at leisure. B, L.
Day 7: November 9: This morning, while in Panajachel,
we will visit and tour a quilting workshop that is a cooperative among
women in this village. Then, we will take a boat ride on Lake
Atitlan to the village of Santiago where we will visit the Cajolya Association
of Mayan Women Weavers. For more than a quarter of a century Cojolya
has been providing sustainable, fair trade work for women from the area
who weave using the backstrap loom. Following lunch in the Cajolya
Association Restaurant, we will return to hotel. We will have dinner
together in the local area. B, L, D.
Day 8: November 10:
Following breakfast, we will drive to the village of Chichicastenango for
their famous Sunday market. After lunch, we will return to
Antigua City. Dinner. B, L, D
Day 9: November
11: Free day in Antigua, farewell dinner
together this evening. B,D
Day 10 November 12: Coach
transfer from Antigua to Guatemala Airport for independent departures.
Optional Pre-Tour Photography Workshop
This is your opportunity to brush up
on your travel photography skills or learn some amazing techniques from
Gregory Case, an internationally regarded photographer and educator.
During the workshop, Gregory will be teaching hands on workshops and lead
walking tours to help you gain a better insight into landscape and travel
November 3: Depart from your
city to arrive independently in Guatemala City. Upon arrival, meet
the complimentary transfer to the hotel. The group will meet and
have dinner together this evening. B, D
November 4: Gregory will be
teaching a workshop which will help you further develop travel
photography skills. A materials list will be provided to
registrants. Lunch will be provided at the hotel. B, L.
November 5: This morning Gregory
will lead the class on a photographic journey of Guatemala City.
After the tour, you will be free to explore the city and encouraged to
take pictures along your way. This evening, there will be a
question and answer session and critique of selected images. B
November 6: The group will meet
with the remaining travelers to begin the remainder of our Guatemala
Cost of optional tour
includes airport transfer, hotel, breakfast daily, welcome dinner, lunch
on November 4 and photography workshops.
$359 per person double
occupancy/$179 single supplement (additional)
$1899 double occupancy
$699 single supplement
Your Guatemala Tour
All Guatemala transfers and scheduled travel by deluxe motor coach
Services of a full-time tour director, translator and cultural expert.
Deluxe Hotels and Resorts
Entrances, workshops and activities per the scheduled itinerary
Most Meals and meal
Special Guatemalan bag and surprise gifts.
Your tour price does not include:
*Optional travel insurance
*Items of a personal nature, such as laundry or
room service, excess baggage charges
*Passport or visa fees (visa not
needed for US/Canadian Citizens staying for less than 30 days)
*Immunizations or vaccinations
*All other items not specified on
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