FTJ’s Inaugural Trip to Guatemala Jan. 25 – Feb. 3 2013

Come join Fair Trade Judaica’s Inaugural Trip to Guatemala. This is a unique opportunity to meet the local Jewish community in Guatemala City, visit with the Fair Trade artisans who make beautifully unique Judaica products, and visit major cultural and historical sites. You’ll come away with a deep appreciation and understanding of Mayan life in Guatemala today, and how Fair Trade provides an opportunity for artisan and farmer communities to pull themselves out of a cycle of poverty.

The trip is being coordinated with MayaWorks and Mayan Hands, two longstanding Fair Trade groups who work with Mayan artisans, and organize their own tours. FOR MORE INFO, contact Ilana at ilana@fairtradejudaica.org.

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Shabbat evening meal and services with the Jewish community in Guatemala City

Visit with six different artisan communities, providing an opportunity to meet with them personally and watch them engage in their traditional arts. Judaica products made by these artisans include

Visit the famous Chichicastenango Market and Iximche archeological site

Spend a full day at beautiful Lake Atitlan and surroundings

Spend time in the cloud forest, exploring Guatemala’s beautiful flora and fauna

Why You Should Join Us!

A unique opportunity to spend Shabbat with the Jewish community in Guatemala City; sing Shabbat prayers with their melodies, taste local delicacies, hear about Jewish life in Guatemala

Experience firsthand fair trade’s positive impact on the artisans and their communities

Learn how to use a backstrap loom and other craft skills

You will be able to buy beautifully handcrafted products directly from the artisans, knowing that your purchases are making a real difference in their lives

Enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of Guatemala


The cost of the tour (double occupancy) is $1,850 per person. Pricing includes:

Pricing does not include airfare, personal expenses, and alcoholic beverages. Single room supplement is $350.


Friday, January 25 

Arrivals. Welcome to Guatemala City! Erev Shabbat with the Jewish community.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza – Guatemala City – www.crowneplaza.com/guatemalacity

Saturday, January 26

Guided tour of Guatemala City including a visit to the Ixchel Textile Museum. Afternoon transfer to Antigua. Antigua City Tour and Coffee Plantation.

Overnight: La Posada de Don Rodrigo – Antigua – – www.posadadedonrodrigo.com

Sunday, January 27

Transfer to Lake Atitlan. Visit Chichicastenango Market en route. Free time in afternoon for exploring Panajachel on your own.

Overnight: Posada de Don Rodrigo – Panajachel

Monday, January 28

Full day in Lake Atitlan and surroundings. Visit Santiago and San Marcos artisans groups.

Overnight: Posada de Don Rodrigo – Panajachel

Tuesday, January 29

Transfer to Quetzaltenango. Visit Totonicapan Market en route. Afternoon visit to Chirijquiac Artisans Group near Cantel.

Overnight: Hotel Modelo – www.hotelmodelo1892.com

Wednesday, January 30

Transfer to Comalapa. Rest of the day in Comalapa and surroundings. Visit Agua Caliente and Tzanjuyu artisans groups.

Overnight: Albergues de Tecpan – Tecpan –– www.alberguesdetecpan.net

Thursday, January 31

Visit Iximché Archeological Site. Afternoon transfer to Guatemala City.

Overnight: Crowne Plaze – Guatemala City

Friday, February 1

Transfer to Rabinal. Visit San Rafael Artisans Group. Visit nearby Cahyup Archaeological Site a sacred place for the local community. Overnight: Rio Escondido Lodge – www.rioescondido.net

Saturday, February 2

AM Enjoy the cloud forest and visit nearby community. PM transfer to Guatemala City.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza – Guatemala City

Sunday, February 3

Farewell breakfast. Shuttles from hotel to Guatemala City International Airport. Departures.


Ilana Schatz, Fair Trade Judaica at ilana@fairtradejudaica.org; 510-525-1567