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Cultural and Textile Journey to Guatemala

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 12 people
Destination(s): Guatemala  
Specialty Categories: Textile Arts   Cultural Journey  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2250 US Dollar (USD)

During 10 days, tour participants have the opportuniity to visit MayaWorks artisans and enjoy de beauty of the country as well as gain insights about Guatemala culture and fair trade. Your travel will be highlighted by the discussions led by Danny Siegel reflecting on Jewish values and the Guatemala experience.

Tour provides an opportunity to meet a variety of Maya involved in women's economic developmenet and education and to learn first-hand about their lives and culture. Women that produe Judaica items for the Jewish community and how this work has impacted their lives.

Over the course of the trip, groups forge bonds of friendship and a share commitment to the Maya women of Guatemala.

Itinerary:
Day 1, TUESDAY January 29: BIENVENIDO A GUATEMALA! Arrive in Guatemala (preferably by late afternoon). Our local tour operator will shuttle you to the hotel from the airport. At 6:00 PM meet at the hotel lobby for a MayaWorks tour orientation followed by welcome dinner. Overnight: Las Americas Hotel – Guatemala City.
Meals included: Dinner

Day 2, WEDNESDAY January 30: Guided tour of Guatemala City beginning with a visit to the Ixchel Textile Museum to learn about the importance of weaving in the Maya culture. From there we proceed to Guatemala's Central Square to see the Cathedral and Presidential Palace. We will visit the Police Archives and an interactive exhibit called Why Are We the Way We Are. In the evening Danny Siegel will lead us in discussion about Mitzvahs, Tzedek, Tikun Olam and why as Jews we are here in Guatemala.
Overnight: Las Americas Hotel - Guatemala City.
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3, THURSDAY January 31: Visit the MayaWorks office en route to the village of Agua Caliente in the mountains. Meet the weavers who make MayaWorks new lightweight tallit, challah cover and tallit bag as well as our Peace Salaam Shalom tapestries. Hear the story of the violence they encountered during the 36 year civil war and witness the effects the way still has on this community of widows. We will eat lunch with the artisans and then head to MayaWorks educational center in San Juan Comalapa. Later we will visit our master tallit weaver, Lila.
Overnight: Albergues de Tecpan - Tecpan.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4, FRIDAY February 01: A morning in the rich valley of Xetonox. We'll visit the village school and meet with the women of the MayaWorks group who create cornhusk angels, kitchen towels and other products. They are also learning to weave tallit! Learn about microcredit projects. Lunch will be at Dona Vicenta's home. On our way back to Guatemala City, we will vivsit Iximche Archaeological Site. Iximche was the first Guatemala Capital and the center of the Cackchiquel Kingdom. We arrive back at the hotel for much needed rest and relaxation before Shabbat with Adat Israel, Guatemala's Reform Congregation. Overnight: Caprizzo Hotel - Guatemala City.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 5, SATURDAY February 02: Morning prayers at Adat Israel. Lunch with the congregation. Return to the hotel to rest. Kosher Dinner at hotel with the group.
Overnight: Caprizzo Hotel - Guatemala City.
Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6, SUNDAY February 03: Transfer to Santiago Atitlan, situated on the shores of breathtaking Lake Atitlan, an ancient lake surrounded by volcanoes. En route, we will detour to visit Chichicastenango Market which is the largest artisan market in Guatemala. Lunch in Chichi. Boat ride across Lake Atitlan to Santiago. Free time to take in the amenities of the hotel.
Overnight: Posada Santiago Hotel – Santiago Atitlán.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7, MONDAY February 04: We will spend the day in Lake Atitlan visiting MayaWorks artisans who make our best selling product - kippot! We will also visit our mezuzzot beaders. Before dinner, discussion led by Danny Siegel: Here we are in God's Country -- Just What is it that is Stirring our Jewish Kishkas so Mightly?
Overnight: Posada Santiago Hotel – Santiago Atitlán.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8, TUESDAY February 05: After breakfast our driver will take us to Antigua ia the southern coastal plains. You will notice the difference between the temperate highland climate and the balmy coastal plains. En route we will visit a coffee plantation at Los Tarrales Reserve. Hike, relax, enjoy wonderful coffee. Lunch at the farm. Dinner on your own in Antigua.
Overnight: Las Farolas Hotel - Antigua.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9, WEDNESDAY February 06: Antigua is Guatemala's only surviving Spanish colonial city. Group breakfast at the hotel restaurant followed by a guided walking tour of Antigua. We will visit many famous landmarks. Free time after lunch for exploring Antigua on your own. Shop, relax, reflect! Before dinner discussion led by Danny Siegel: There is no Such Thing as a Small Mitzvah. Farewell Dinner as a group.
Overnight: Las Farolas Hotel - Antigua.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10, THURSDAY February 07: We meet as a group for a farewell breakfast. Shuttles will leave from the hotel in Antigua to take travelers to the Guatemala City International Airport according to flight times. We say goodbye to new found friends!
Meals included: Breakfast.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price per person in double room USD 1,850
Single room supplement USD 400

Price Includes:
- All hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
- Ground transportation
- All meals
- Bi-lingual guide

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2011

M21073 is a collaboration of women from Guatemala and the U.S. whose mission is to support indigenous artisans to end their cycle of poverty and improve their lives. Through its unique social venture model, M21073 creates work for indigenous women so that they become self sufficient and fully contributing members of...

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