Knit Wits and Caravaners unite in an epic weaving journey through the highlands of Guatemala. We'll venture to the shores of Lake Atitlan where you'll connect with local artisans for a day of natural dyeing, a day of spinning and two days of backstrap weaving -- then it's off to a leather boot-making workshop and tassel-making tutorial in the charming colonial town of Antigua.
Whether you're just getting started or have been weaving for years, all are welcome to #jointhecaravan.
November 6 - 12, 2016
Guatemala // Lake Atitlan, Chuacruz, Antigua
$2,500 (can be paid in full, or in three separate installments // *includes $500 non-refundable deposit)
- In-Country Transportation: We will employ a skilled local driver who knows the roads and can safely take us to and from the airport and other destinations.
- Accommodation: Boutique hotel accommodation on Lake Atitlan and in Antigua, with pools, lake access, hiking trails, gardens and more. ***Rooms are double occupancy. Please let us know if you are booking with someone you'd like to share a room with.
- Food: Wholesome meals cooked daily by a talented local chef using fresh, local produce and traditional recipes combined with dining out in some of the country's best restaurants
- Art Education: A day of dyeing, a day of spinning, two days of backstrap weaving, a boot-making workshop and a tassel-making workshop, all providing a fair wage to our local artisan instructors
- Weaving Supplies: You will be provided with the necessary raw materials and tools to create a weaving of your very own. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to take your weaving tools (sticks and backstrap belt) home with you.
- Extra Excursions: Choose between an adventurous day hiking Volcano Pacaya, or a more relaxed day visiting ancient Mayan ruins or a hotspring spa
- Antigua Experience: Final day and night exploring the charming colonial town of Antigua, visiting markets and enjoying dinner on a rooftop patio.
- Support: A local and foreign guide will accompany, offering participants their combined knowledge of the country, while making sure everything runs smoothly. We'll also have Knit Wit founders Zinzi and Gigi coming along to connect and share their weaving knowledge. In addition, Thread Caravan staff is available to answer questions and assist with trip preparations.
- Gift: Special arrival gift with handmade Guatemalan goodies.
- Airfare: We've found that flights from the U.S. range from approximately $300-$700 depending on the airline and how far in advance you book. We are happy to help you arrange flights or put you in touch with a travel agent.
- Personal Travel Insurance: We require all participants to have personal travel insurance. This will cover things like illness, flight cancellations, theft, etc. We can help you arrange insurance with a provider.
- Exit Fee: The country of Guatemala requires tourists pay a US $30 exit fee during airport departure. This sometimes comes included in airfare charges. There is also a US $3 airport security fee paid upon exit at the airport.
Getting There and Away:
The Knit Wit x Thread Caravan trip starts and ends at the La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. You get there and we'll handle the rest. If you need help booking a flight, please contact us.
- Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required; however routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid are suggested by the Center for Disease Control and U.S. Department of State.
- VISA: Eighty-six countries' citizens including citizens of the United States, Canada, the UK, and Australia do not need to obtain a VISA if they are staying in Guatemala for 90 days or less. Citizens from countries outside of the eighty-six exempt must obtain a tourist VISA. You can find a comprehensive list and map of countries exempt from a tourist VISA here.
- Passport Validity: In order to enter Guatemala, your passport must be valid for at least 90 days following your departure date. You must also have at least one blank page in your passport.
Words from Past Travelers:
"I love textiles and I really wanted to explore the textile traditions of another culture. Serendipitously, Thread Caravan fell right into my lap and gave me the experience I was hoping for. The accommodations were amazing and helped to foster new friendships. I'll miss our late night conversations at the lake. Collaborating with the artisans and hearing their stories is an experience I'll never forget and Guatemala has so many beautiful sights, textures and colors to behold. I absolutely recommend taking an adventure to Guatemala with Thread Caravan."
"As a textile lover, I was in heaven during the Thread Caravan trip to Guatemala, as were my fellow travelers. I was thrilled by our daily adventures - learning backstrap weaving, eating delicious food, staying in an eco-villa whose steps we climbed every morning to eat breakfast amongst the lush tropical flora/ I was floating on cloud nine the entire trip and afterwards."
"I don't generally do 'organized travel', but the nature of this retreat was of very personal interest to me. I have been 'fiber crafty' since the age of 8 when my mom taught me to sew. I have also been to this very area of Guatemala before and absolutely adore it and the people. I am passionate about empowering women and supporting the continued growth of indigenous artistry. Thread Caravan provided a great outlet for all those interests."