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Textiles and Cultures of the Mayan World

  • EXPERT-LED GROUP TOUR
Start dateEnd dateDays
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11/09/21 11/17/219 days $4,267 ex. flights $0Olga Riche15 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Local Woman, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 1

Learn about Textiles

Discover centuries-old techniques and the history behind Guatemala’s vibrant textiles

Saint James Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala 2

Wonders of Guatemala

Explore the cultural, architectural and social timelines of Guatemala

Weaving, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala 3

Textile workshops

Participate in workshops including textiles, cooking and shaman ceremonies

Maximon, deity in Guatemala traditions 4

Discover Maximón

Visit Maximón, an idol to whom locals offer gifts of cigarettes, alcohol, and colorful candles. His effigy is housed by a different member of the local cofradía (religious brotherhood) each year.

Why we like it

For the traveller who is inspired by the indigenous culture of a country, then a Guatemala holiday is hard to beat. Journey through ancient villages, Mayan ruins and highland communities where there is the chance to take in local markets, cooperatives, cooking classes and craft workshops.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Guatemala City to Antigua

  • Day 2

    Antigua

  • Day 3

    Antigua

  • Day 4

    Iximche

  • Day 5

    Lake Atitlan

  • Day 6

    Lake Atitlan to Nebaj

  • Day 7

    Almolonga, Zunil & Totonicapan

  • Day 8

    Colotenango and Chiantla

  • Day 9

    Guatemala City

Day 1

Guatemala City to Antigua

Shuttered Door, Guatemala City, Guatemala

On arrival into Guatemala City, you will be met and transferred to the Antigua, a journey time of around one hour.

Day 2

Antigua

Traditional weaving in Guatemala,

Today, venture into the less-visited villages surrounding colonial Antigua for a fascinating immersion into the century’s old techniques and history behind vibrant Guatemalan textiles.

Day 3

Antigua

Santa Catalina Arch, Antigua, Agua Volcano, Guatemala

Meet with your guide to begin your half day walking tour of Antigua.

Day 4

Iximche

Shaman ceremony, Guatemala

Explore the well-preserved temples, ball courts, and remnants of ancient palaces of the compact but important Maya site. Witness a traditional Mayan Shaman ceremony.

Day 5

Lake Atitlan

San Juan La Laguna Village

Travel by boat to the village of San Juan La Laguna, a petite but picturesque Tz’utujil Maya town with panoramic lake views. Visit a women’s cooperative to watch some textile technique demonstrations.

Day 6

Lake Atitlan to Nebaj

Local Woman, Guatemala

Travel into the Cuchumatanes mountains, to explore Nebaj and the Ixil Triangle, where locals still adhere to traditional ways of life.

Day 7

Almolonga, Zunil & Totonicapan

Fruit Market in Antigua, Guatemala

Visit the bustling local markets to check out the vegetables and the local ropa típica (traditional dress), which is about as vibrantly coloured as the produce on display.

Day 8

Colotenango and Chiantla

Men in traditional dress, Guatemala

Visit the small and picturesque villages of Colotenango and Chiantla, located on the outskirts of Huehuetenango. Continue onto Guatemala City.

Day 9

Guatemala City

Women in Guatemala

Visit the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Dress, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum. The museum’s collection includes some 8,000 pieces from 181 indigenous communities in Guatemala. Afterwards, enjoy a short city tour before transferring to the airport.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Light Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by an English speaking guide throughout
  • Accommodation (as indicated)
  • Single supplement
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Transportation (as indicated)
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Drinks
St Catarina Volcano, Antigua, Guatemala
Guatemala
Saint James Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala
Saint James Cathedral, Antigua, Guatemala
Capuchins Monastery, Antigua, Guatemala
Guatemala

Antigua

Antigua is undoubtedly one of the most visited towns in Central America and it is easy to see why. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the colonial city of Antigua was once one of the regional capitals of the Spanish Empire. Peaceful and well-organised, the city is awash with elegant colonial architecture enlivened with pastel facades and clumps of colourful bougainvillea.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Kayaking on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Kayaking on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
market stall, Santiago village, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Guatemala

Lake Atitlan

Author Aldous Huxley once called it ‘the most beautiful lake in the world’ and on first sight it would be difficult not to agree. Not only is it the scenery stunning but some of the most traditional villages in Guatemala are located here. Dotted around the shoreline, these villages are home to different indigenous groups with distinct languages, cultures, costumes and textiles.

Men in traditional dress, Guatemala
Guatemala
Fruit Market in Antigua, Guatemala
Fruit Market in Antigua, Guatemala

Ixil Triangle

High up in the Cuchumatanes mountains are three small villages Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal which make up the Ixil Triangle.  These villages are fiercely traditional, as are most towns in the area. Local dialects are spoken, some do not even speak Spanish. Traditional dress is still worn by both men and women with patterns woven into their cloth which determine which community they are from.

Mayan Ruins
Guatemala

Tikal extension

Extend your stay in Guatemala with a visit to Tikal. Declared a UNESCO site in 1979, Tikal is one of the largest archaeologist sites of the Pre-Colombian Maya civilisation. Located in Peten, in the north of Guatemala, Tikal emerges from the tangled jungle commemorating a powerful Mayan Empire. Exotic animals and birds of all shapes, sizes and colour inhabit the forests that were once home to an astutely developed group of people, irrevocably linked to their environment.

Speak to one of our experts for more information.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Guatemala?

Group tours can be a fun and fulfilling way to travel in the company of like-minded people, especially in a country like Guatemala.

What is the best time to visit Guatemala?

Generally, temperature varies little throughout the year but the rainy season is from May to October which does not affect all areas and often means sunny morning is followed by rainy afternoons from around 4pm.

What is the typical food and drink in Guatemala?

Guatemala’s staples are black beans, guacamole and rice with tacos. A typical breakfast consists of frijoles negros (stewed black beans), banana, eggs, guacamole, rice and tortillas – a Central American fry up.

Is this tour suitable for solo travellers?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

This tour does not charge a single supplement, so is perfect for solo travellers or those wanting their own space.

Do I need to be physically fit to enjoy this tour?

You do not need to be particularly fit and there are no long distance walks involved. However, walking can be on uneven ground so do let us know if you feel you are not particularly steady on your feet.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

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