Guatemala - Villages and Markets
9 Days / 8 Nights
Visit Naïf painters, Learn ancient Mayan dyeing and weaving techniques, Visit a pagan deity and some of the most colourful indigenous markets and explore Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 1. Arrive Guatemala (-/-/-)
Welcome to Guatemala. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport for your transfer to your hotel in Guatemala City. Guatemala City is the most modern and cosmopolitan city in Central America. It was founded in 1,776 after an earthquake destroyed the old Spanish capital now known as Antigua Guatemala. Guatemala City mixes the old with the new. Enjoy a great variety of restaurants and night life.
Day 2. Ixchel Museum & San Juan Comalapa Market (B/-/-)
After breakfast your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel for a visit to the Ixchel Museum. This museum is dedicated to the conservation of Guatemala's textile legacy. The museum recovers, collects, documents and exhibits textiles and works to educate the public, emphasizing the ethnographic, technical and artistic value of Mayan clothing and weavings. A climatecontrolled area keeps the textiles in optimum condition, in accordance with modern guidelines for preventive conservation.
After the visit, you will be transferred to Comalapa for a market tour. Comalapa is known for the naïf paintings, home to Andres Curruchich, one of the pioneers of naïf or primitivism paintings. On market days, the area is crowded with people buying and selling fresh produce, colourful flowers, woven goods and all kinds of manufactured items, from clothing to cassette tapes. Later transfer to Chichicastenango for overnight.
Day 3. San Juan Cotzal Market Tour (B/-/-)
After breakfast your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to San Juan Cotzal for your market tour. San Juan Cotzal is one of the most authentic and beautiful markets in Guatemala. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Cotzal was the Ixil Triangle's largest town until the road to Nebaj was built in the 1,940’s. It’s now rather small, though its setting is gorgeous, surrounded by the imposing Cuchumatanes mountain chain. The weavings here are some of the finest and you may find Tejidos Cotzal, a cooperative with 30 local weavers who retain traditional methods of weaving using natural dyes and back strap looms. The town is known for the town's architecture which has been preserved, as well as the main church and the unique style in weaving. The transfers are long but are worth the trip.
Day 4. Chichicastenango Market & Transfer to Lake Atitlan (B/-/-)
After breakfast your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel. Today is market day in Chichicastenango, your tour lasts around two hours and later on, you will be transferred to Lake Atitlan.
Chichicastenango is home to what is surely the most colourful and visited native market in the Americas. Market days are held on Sundays and Thursdays and draw not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala, representing many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others. Each person hawks his or her products in a riotous cacophony of colour, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells.
Day 5. Solola & Santa Catarina Palopo Market (B/-/-)
After breakfast you will be transferred to Solola. Solola is the largest city in the plateau and has its market held every Tuesday and Friday. It is one of the few towns where both men and women routinely wear their traditional Mayan dress. Weaving is of major importance. Most women weave to provide clothes for their families and or obtain income. Women weave on the back strap loom and make fabric for shirts, trousers, huipils, tzutes, caps for babies and sashes. The fabric for skirts is made by men on a treadle loom. After the Solola market tour, your driver will take you to Santa Catarina Palopo to see another small village around the lake. Santa Catarina Palopo is located five kilometers away from Panajachel. Here you can find colourful textiles and handicrafts produced by the locals. In Santa Catarina Palopo some of the villagers still wear the traditional attire. After the visit, enjoy time at leisure at Panajachel, the main town.
Day 6. Lake Village Tour & Transfer to Antigua (B/-/-)
After breakfast your guide will take you on a private boat to visit San Juan La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan, two of the twelve very special and most spectacular towns around the Lake. There are a few lakes such as Lake Atitlan. Its unique characteristics make it a fantastic place to appreciate sunsets, culture and amazing views. Famous writer Aldous Huxley called Lake Atitlan “the most beautiful lake in the world” but “with additional embellishments” compared to Lake Como. Lake Atitlan is surrounded by 3 volcanoes and the villages along the shore have 2 different groups of Mayan people: Tzutuhiles and Kakchikeles. San Juan la Laguna our favorite village offers artisans, textile coops and art galleries. Santiago Village is home to Maximon, a pagan deity who smokes and drinks moonshine and whom indigenous people ask for favors and miracles. Lunch is on your own. After lunch boat ride back to Panajachel for your land transfer to Antigua. On arrival enjoy time at leisure and enjoy dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Day 7. Antigua Walking, Casa de Artes & Coffee Tour (B/L/-)
After breakfast, enjoy your private walking tour in Antigua. Declared World Heritage 1,979 by UNESCO, Antigua is a 16th century charming city with its colonial architecture, fine arts, terracotta, ceramics, wooden sculptures, a great variety of traditional costumes and weavings. Your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and show you the secrets and architecture of this beautiful colonial town. He/she will explain in detail some of the main heritage buildings around Antigua such as The Cathedral, San Francisco and La Merced. You will visit Casa de Artes, a museum-like shop where you will find an extensive selection of rare and unique items. After lunch in town you will be transferred to a real coffee hacienda. Learn about the coffee process and enjoy a cup of Guatemalan coffee.
Day 8. Free Day, Antigua Guatemala or opt for Tikal Extension (B/-/-)
Free day in Antigua: Enjoy of this magical colonial town at you pace and interest. Some activities are: Canopy tour, mountain bike, shopping, admire art galleries, visit Casa Santo Domingo Museum or simply relax at the hotel in Antigua. Overnight accommodations in Antigua.
Tikal Extension: Fly early this morning to Guatemala´s most famous cultural and natural preserve. Tikal National Park contains some of the most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya Civilization. Tikal was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1,979. On your arrival back from your Tikal Extension you will be transferred to your hotel in Guatemala City for overnight.
Day 9. Departure (B/-/-)
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. When you are ready your driver will transfer you to Guatemala City airport for your international departure flight.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS FROM £1,730 per person + flights
based on 2 people travelling together
Tikal extension from £600 per person incl. domestic flights
The price includes:
Accommodation, Meals as described, Private boat transfers, Entrance fees to the sites mentioned, Land transfers on a private basis
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Guatemala. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above.
Optional tours, camera fees.
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Peak season surcharges
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