IMMERSE yourself in the colors
of Maya culture as I did,
investigating textiles and folk-art
with Rosie Sundeen. As a
weaver herself, she’s studied
Maya textiles for years and
helped establish Guatemala’s
Ixchel Textile Museum. Her
unique connections open doors
to Highland Maya weavers,
who otherwise don’t talk to
strangers due to the centuries
of persecution. My colleague
however has supported and
befriended many talented
weavers, and thus can offer
rare opportunities to witness
life within Maya homes and
artists’ studios, while staying
in charming hotels.
A sample itinerary: 11 days in Guatemala
Guatemala City Private docent tours of the Ixchel Textile
Museum and Popul Vuh Archeological Museum.
Maya Highlands Lush scenery en route to volcanic Lake Atitlan.
Santiago Atitlan Eat at a weaver’s home in this lakeside village.
Chichicastenango Spend the day in the indigenous market.
Salcaja Watch tie dyeing and corte (skirt) floor weaving.
Almolonga Stroll through the colorful Indian produce market.
Antigua Stay near old volcanoes in Guatemala’s former colonial
capital, “one of the oldest and most beautiful in the Americas” (per
Lonely Planet). Residing in Casa Santo Domingo, a 16th-century
monastery, we’ll explore colonial ruins and textile markets.
Santiago Sacatepequez We’ll join in the kite flying on All Souls’
Day and visit decorated cemeteries there and in Antigua.