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Maya Traditions Foundation

Panajachel, Guatemala
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About Maya Traditions Foundation
Maya Traditions Foundation is a Guatemalan and U.S. registered nonprofit organization located in Panajachel, Solola, Guatemala. We directly support indigenous Maya women and youth from six rural communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Through our education, health, and ethical tourism programs, we help 49 women and 67 students access greater opportunities for their futures all the while honoring their Maya heritage. We believe that the path to a healthy, sustainable future is an incremental process that, while guided by the Foundation, is ultimately led by our partner communities, the women, and students.
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Lucie V wrote a review Sep 2019
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I had the chance the book a tour with Maya Traditions to the San Juan Community. The tour was very well designed. We wondered around the streets of San Juan La Laguna, learning more about coffee, chocolate, mayan bees, medicinal plants, and finally natural dyes and weaving techniques. We also enjoyed lunch with the artisans. It was a great way to experience Guatemala and connecting with local people. Maya Traditions is a fair trade organization so you know that the women get a fair pay from the visits which makes it much better when you're trying to travel ethically! I also booked a one day weaving workshop! Imelda, my teacher was very patient and I got to leave with the pine needle basket I made with her help. I would definitely book another tour with Maya Traditions, they're absolutely fantastic!!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from MTFteam, Manager at Maya Traditions Foundation
Responded Sep 26, 2019
We loved having you, Lucie! So happy to hear you found joy and value in your experiences.
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Tess R wrote a review Sep 2019
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Touring with Maya Traditions has been one of my favorite experiences ever. You are able to explore off the beaten path and learn about the authentic, beautiful, ancient art of backstrap weaving while seeing breathtaking landscapes. On top of that, you are able to spend the day with their artisan partners and Dina (tour coordinator) who are lovely people in every way and have so much knowledge to share. You will learn about cuisine, medicinal plants, Mayan culture, and so much more. As an organization, Maya Traditions makes a positive and sustainable impact in the communities that they work with. I feel amazing supporting their mission!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from MTFteam, Gerente at Maya Traditions Foundation
Responded Sep 23, 2019
Thank you so much, Tess!
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Lana S wrote a review Sep 2019
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I went on a day-long community visit to Patanatic where we met the community's co-op of female indigenous artisans and then proceeded on a beautiful hike led by a few of them that included historical information about the land and their community. Once we reached the top of our hike we sat under a giant avocado tree to hear the story behind the making of the community, co-op, their traditional dress, and so on. We then headed down to one of the artisan's home to have a traditional meal together. After the meal we tried our hand at their local art of pine needle basket weaving. The women are so lovely and patient! We ended the day with a traditional herbal cleansing sauna. We emerged sweatily and felt refreshed after a homemade lemongrass tea was served to us. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about traditional Guatemalan life, culture, textiles, cuisine, etc. It is also just such a great day for the scenery and speaking with real people about their life experiences. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from MTFteam, Gerente at Maya Traditions Foundation
Responded Sep 23, 2019
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour and meeting the artisans from Patanatíc!
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Hauteculturefashion wrote a review Sep 2019
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions
I have a great 2 weeks visiting many of the Maya Traditions artisans, who were are extremely welcoming, friendly and very knowledgable and helpful in their field of expertise. The team at Maya Traditions are all very enthusiastic and go the extra mile to help you have the best experience possible. If you are visiting lake Atitlan this is the go-to company to travel with.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from MTFteam, Gerente at Maya Traditions Foundation
Responded Sep 23, 2019
Thank you so much. It was lovely having you and we do hope for your return!
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MartinDiaz wrote a review Aug 2019
Fort Wayne, Indiana40 contributions21 helpful votes
The tours offered by Maya Traditions offer an upclose and hands-on experience. It is eye-opening to have the opportunity to witness how the artisans create their art. And it is a pleasure to eat a meal with them and then have the opportunity to support them through direct purchases. A wonderful experience!
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from MTFteam, Manager at Maya Traditions Foundation
Responded Sep 3, 2019
We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! The artisans are all truly incredible
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