2025 Rug-hooking Tour

24 January - 2 February, 2025

Join Multicolores and enter into the warm, vibrant heart of Guatemala, where you will gain the friendship of Maya women artists through rug hooking. An unforgettable journey of discovery awaits you, an amazing blend of people, culture and education.

During this ten-day tour you will buddy up with a Multicolores’ rug hooker to design and hook a rug the Maya way! Throughout there will be opportunities to meet the artists in their homes, visit other fiber artists, and shop at some of the best craft markets in Central America. 

The tour is designed for all levels, from beginner to experienced rug hooker. 

Whether you are interested in crafts, women’s empowerment, sustainable development or learning about new cultures, this tour is perfect for you. Each tour is limited to 16 participants.

  • Day 1

    ARRIVAL

    Arrival into Guatemala City. Ground transportation provided from airport to Antigua, hotel check-in, meet and greet with tour group and guides. Deliver welcome packets. Dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants.

  • Day 2

    Travel to Panajachel with a stopover at an artisan cooperative. We will have lunch en route and then meet up with our Maya rug-hooking buddies. After introductions and festivities,we will travel to our hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlán.

  • Day 3

    All day rug hooking. Visit apaca(second hand clothing store) with your buddy to source materials for rugs.

  • Day 4

    All day rug hooking with optional local visits. Past tours have included visits to ceramic workshops, neighboring towns, and other local nonprofits.

  • Day 5

    All day rug hooking with optional local visits.

  • Day 6

    The Maya women leave early to return to their homes.

    In the morning we will travel across Lake Atitlán in a private boat to the town of San Juan La Laguna. This community has revived the tradition of natural dyeing and also growing ‘ixcaco’, a natural colored cotton. We will visit a weaving Cooperative and afterwards stroll around the town which is dotted with small art galleries showing Maya Naïve Paintings and stores selling natural dye products.

    From San Juan La Laguna we will take a private boat to the neighboring village of Santiago Atitlán for shopping and sightseeing; here intricately embroidered textiles are commonly worn by the indigenous men and women.

  • Day 7

    Learn about Mayan culture and the lives of Multicolores’ artists whilst visiting two of the rug hooking groups in their rural villages.

  • Day 8

    Meet up with your buddy for rug hooking in Panajachel. Final day with buddies.

  • Day 9

    Early morning departure for Antigua. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful cobble-stoned streets of Antigua, visit artisan markets, or enjoy a leisurely walk through the city’s majestic ruins.

  • Day 10

    DEPARTURE

    Tour concludes. Transport back to Guatemala City Airport.

Tour Testimonials

Our tour alumni have been unanimous in their praise of our Guatemala rug hookers and their experiences on this trip.