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Guatemala Local Markets And Textiles

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Guatemala City

A representative from Martsam Travel will meet you at Guatemala City Airport and will take you to your hotel in Antigua Guatemala. 

Meals: None.

Guatemala City, Antigua Guatemala
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Antigua Guatemala)

Day 2: Villages around Antigua

Enjoy a tour through the villages around Antigua Guatemala.

In this cultural tour you will visit: 
San Juan El Obispo (The first archbishopric in Guatemala founded by Francisco Marroquín), San Pedro Las Huertas, Ciudad Vieja (home of Guatemala’s former second capital, which was buried by an earthquake-triggered mudslide in 1541), experimental Organic Macadamia Farm, Santiago Zamora women´s cooperative and San Antonio Aguas Calientes.

The Santiago Zamora cooperative is a women´s association specially focuses on showing to tourists their local daily activities at home.  The presentation begins with a demonstration of the local textiles you will learn how to form the threads until use the back-strap loom and get the final textile. Learn how to do a cup of coffee from the seed to the cup.

Dance local music with the women´s.  At the end enjoy a nice local food “pepian” made of many spices and they add pork, beef or chicken. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Posada de Don Rodrigo (Antigua Guatemala)

Day 3: Antigua walking tour

After breakfast it is time for our journey to visit ruins, churches and museums. In this city the stories and legends of the colonial times are still present along with the old paved streets.

After tour, transfer to Chichicastenango area. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Night at Museo Mayan Inn (Chichicastenango)

Day 4: Enjoy beautiful multicolored market

Get ready to enjoy the multicolored market, where the scent of incense and the people's mysticism promises a unique atmosphere, bargaining of prices, and a church with mixed Mayan and Catholic traditions.

A unique market where only in Sunday and Thursday shows up to offer all kinds of goods to locals and visitors.

After the tour you will be transferred to Quetzaltenango. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Pension Bonifaz (Quetzaltenango)

Day 5: Visit the best vegetables market in Central America

Today visit Almolonga market, this is one of the best vegetables market in Central America. Here you will enjoy every moment to take pictures or just sit to see the people making their shopping and walking around with their little kids on their back. Visit San Francisco market.

Also, you will visit the colorful church of San Andres Xecul and Zunil, this small village is set in a valley surrounded by beautiful lush mountains and famous for the San Simon saint that is the patron of the place. Then continue to Todos Santos, Huhuetenango (3 hrs). 

Meals: Breakfast.

Night at Ruinas Resort (Huehuetenango)

Day 6: Explore the market of Todos Santos

Today you will visit the market of Todos Santos; this is a municipality of Huehuetenango, located at Sierra de los Cuchumatanes at 3,100 meters high. The people of Todos Santos belongs to the Mam ethnic group, who created a small kingdom during the Pre-Hispanic period. Its market day is on Saturdays, here the locals exchange different type of products such as: weavings, costumes, pottery, wool backpacks, furniture, poultry and mainly grains of traditional crops. This market attracts people from all the communities living in the mountains and is always fascinating. After visit, transfer to Acul in Quiche area. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Night at Hacienda Mil Amores (Acul)

Day 7: Sightseeing at Triangulo Ixil 

Morning walk the market and have a look at the church and Central Plaza.

After this visit you will move to Chajul town.  Chajul is a picturesque collection of quaint adobe houses with tiled roofs.

The main attraction here is the town’s church, Iglesia de San Gaspar Los Reyes, one of Guatemala’s most ornate, with wooden doors containing finely carved depictions of animals. Inside, an elaborate gold leaf altar guarded by two figures dressed in traditional garb surrounds its Cristo de Golgotha statue.

Then you will move to San Juan Cotzal.  There’s little to see in the town itself, though the weavings here are some of Guatemala’s finest.

The Iglesia San Juan fronts a pretty plaza that has been remodeled and festooned with flowers and benches. The church’s interior is not nearly as elaborate as that of neighboring Chajul, but its Christ statue curiously holds a staff with an Israeli flag. Jesus was a Jewish carpenter, after all. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Night at Hacienda Mil Amores (Acul)

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Atitlan

Today, just transfer from Acul to Lake Atitlan area (approx. 5 – 6 hrs). 

Meals: Breakfast.

AculLake Atitlan
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Day 9: Scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan

This morning you will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where you can visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and the natural dye process. Visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters, and the then continue to Santiago Village. After lunch you will continue your tour to the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Each year a different "brotherhood" has the privilege of taking care of their God, therefore, his location change.

After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Lake Atitlan
Posada de Don Rodrigo (Panajachel)

Day 10: Enjoy full day at Santa Catarina Palopo

Today, visit Santa Catarina Palopo, which names derive from the combination of two words: palo = which means tree y po derived from poj =which means tree of amate. Then, continue to San Antonio Palopo, known for the workshops of traditional pottery, that you can visit to know the process from the preparation, molding and baking, at the end you will be walking at Panajachel where is located Calle Santander, one of the most important streets full of local stores.

After tour, transfer to Guatemala City. 

Meals: Breakfast.

Santa Catarina PalopóGuatemala City
Radisson (Guatemala)

Day 11: End of the trip

After breakfast shuttle from hotel to Guatemala City International Airport on time to catch your flight back home.

End of the trip! 

Meals: None.

Guatemala City

Guatemala City Antigua Guatemala Chichicastenango Quetzaltenango San Francisco El Alto Almolonga Zunil Huehuetenango Todos Santos Cuchumatán Acul Lake Atitlan Santa Catarina Palopó

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,300 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 pax
Price per person in double room$2,340

Included in price:

  • Ground transportation during your trip
  • 10 nights of lodging in Guatemala
  • 09 breakfasts at hotels
  • 01 lunch at Zamora Cooperative
  • Professional English-speaking guide for tours when is mentioned
  • Entrances fees to mentioned places
  • Hotel taxes

Not included in price:

  • Meals not described
  • Alcoholic and none alcoholic beverages
  • Phone calls
  • Optional tours
  • Gratitudes for drivers and guides
  • Services not described

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