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Due to high demand for additional tours, the symposium organizing committee is working closely with Maya Exotic www.mayaexotic.com to design pre and post tours which show off Guatemala’s well known highlights as well as several that go off-the-beaten-track.

All of the pre and post tours offered below will be handled directly by Maya Exotic. For additional information or to make preliminary reservations please contact Sandra Muralles semuralles@gua.net or Carmen Cecilia Sierra info@mayaexotic.guate.com.

Definite reservations for the tour you decide on should be made as soon as possible as some tours have limited space available.

Payment of the tours can be made at the hospitality desk of Maya Exotic in the lobby of the Quinta Real hotel the day of your arrival.


Historic and Textile villages around Antigua
One Day
Pre Tour: Sunday, February 4t


8:30 a.m.
Transfer by bus from Quinta Real Hotel to San Juan del Obispo, located just 5 kilometers from Antigua. 
9:30 a.m.

One of the four nuns still living there will guide your visit of the Archbishop's Palace, built during the 16th century, and once the residence of Bishop Francisco Marroquín, whose name the University honors.

Next stop will be Ciudad Vieja, in the Valle de Almolonga, the second capital of the kingdom of Guatemala, which was destroyed by a mudslide in 1541.  Guided visit of the first cathedral of Guatemala.

Close by is San Antonio Aguas Calientes, famous for its beautiful textiles. The textiles are the finest in Guatemala.  The huipiles (women's pull-on dresses) made in the village are best known for their tight two-faced weave that produces an identical image on the front and back.

12:30 p.m. Lunch at the house of a local indigenous woman, Álida Pérez, whose family is very active with textiles and is known as a fabulous cook of traditional dishes.  You will be treated to the best Pepián in Guatemala.
1:30 p.m. Visit Gloria López, one of the founders of a women’s weaving cooperative that set out to buck the tradition of not sending girl children to school and of pulling boys out at an early age to work alongside their fathers in the field.  The women’s goal was to generate enough income to be able to convince their husbands to let the kids stay in school.  SIFE–UFM project is supporting this endeavor.

There might just be time for an hour walk through Antigua.

6:00 p.m.
Back at Quinta Real Hotel

Price per person: US$70.00
Services include:

  • Transfers in air conditioned minibus
  • Bilingual guide
  • Admission fees
  • Lunch