Traditions of Guatemala
Wednesday, March 27 – Monday, April 8, 2019

Guatemala is rich in culture, blending its ancient Mayan roots with the influences of its Spanish conquerors. The result is a tapestry of tradition, rooted in place through generations of artisans, with skills passed from mother to daughter and father to son. The stunning mountainous terrain has meant that even nearby villages were hard to reach, so towns have evolved their own unique customs and patterns, exhibited in the vibrant clothing worn by the women.

Join us as we explore Guatemala’s fascinating Mayan roots, and visit a number of non-profits working with Mayan communities. We’ll learn about their services, meet local recipients, and take part in some of their activities. We’ll also spend time in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua, with its cobblestone streets and colonial charm. Here we’ll tap into the more-recent Christian outpouring of creativity and devotion that surrounds Semana Santa (Holy Week), in the season leading up to Easter. We’ll watch huge, colorful “carpets” of sawdust and flowers be assembled in the streets to pave the way for monumental processions of floats and life-size statues depicting the death and resurrection of Christ. Emotionally moving and visually stunning, this is a bucket-list experience.

Other trip highlights include:

  • Three days visiting Limitless Horizons Ixil, a remarkable nonprofit in the small town of Chajul, meeting their sponsored girl students and taking part in the life of a rural village
  • A day with the nonprofit Starfish, visiting their innovative school and having lunch with the inspiring girls who are students there 
  • Four days on beautiful, volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan, visiting some of the small, quaint towns that dot its shores
  • Demonstrations by master weavers, and a chance to try weaving on a backstrap loom for yourself
  • A visit to Chichicastenango, which hosts the largest indigenous artisan market in the country

This women-only tour is limited to 13 travelers. Cost $2300-2500 (not including airfare).  
For more information, or to hold a spot for this trip, contact patricia@heartfirejourneys.net or call 541-908-0438

Optional post-trip available to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, April 8-10.
Contact Patricia for more information.


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