STELA 9 + CAMP DIGITAL TEXTILE, PHOTO & FOODIE TOUR IN GUATEMALA
Hosted by: Jess Bercovici and Carly Mask
Join us for a 5-night, 6-day stay in Guatemala from October 31-November 5, celebrating All Saints Day in Antigua, the annual Kite Festival in Sumpango, and learning about natural plant dyes in Lake Atitlán.
This trip is hand-curated by Jess and Carly, designed for foodies, textile lovers, and budding photographers.
DAY 1 | October 31st
Our first day is reserved to give everyone time to get settled in Antigua.
You will be greeted at JARDÍN DE STELA by your hosts and guides, Carly Mask & Jess Bercovici, with a custom gift basket.
Arrival into Guatemala City (GUA) airport, private transfer provided to Antigua and drop off at Jardín de Stela
Free time to explore Antigua before dinner (market and textile shopping, walking around the square, checking out local sites)
Gourmet traditional Guatemalan welcome dinner and candlelit mezcal tastings at one of Antigua’s oldest mezcal bars in celebration of our neighbor, Mexico’s Día de los Muertos and to ring in All Saints Day in Guatemala
DAY 2 | November 1st
Barriletes Gigantes (“Giant Kites”) Festival
Mexico celebrates Día de los Muertos and Guatemala celebrates All Saints Day. One of the best ways to celebrate is by venturing to Sumpango to watch the giant paper mâché kites soar above the clouds. This festival only happens once a year, and is even the reason we chose these dates! Every November 1st, families pour in from around the country carrying orange flowers and flying “barriletes gigantes” thoughtfully crafted for months, to honor their families. The festival’s bright colors, sacred traditions, and delicious meals create an unforgettable experience–and is a photographer’s paradise. More info here.
We’ll begin our day with the best coffee in town at Fernando’s Kaffee, and then head off to spend a day in Sumpango for the festival. Carly will walk you through the basics of travel photography and how to capture content for Instagram to ensure you get the best snaps for social media. We’ll also learn more about the significance of the kites, local food, and culture with Jess.
Traditional Guatemalan Breakfast “Desayuno Tipico” at Ferndando’s Kaffee
Travel to Giant Kite Festival in Sumpango
Rustic Guatemalan picnic lunch
Evening at Jardín de Stela
Dinner in town in Antigua
DAY 3 | November 2nd
MAGICAL LAKE ATITLÁN
Aldous Huxley once wrote of Atitlán, “Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing.” Once you catch a glimpse of its shimmering deep blue waters, you can’t help but feel the same.
Travel from Antigua to Lake Atitlán, a body of water in a massive volcanic crater in Guatemala’s southwestern highlands, known for its Mayan villages and volcanoes
Textile shopping and lunch in Panajachel
Free time to enjoy a swim in the private pool or to simply relax at the beautiful La Casa Colibrí Santa Catarina, known as “The Hummingbird House”
Authentic Guatemalan dinner cooked by Private Chef
Wine under the stars
Stay at “The Hummingbird House", designed to take in panoramic lake views from every room in the house
DAY 4 | November 3rd
PLANT DYE COURSE IN SAN JUAN, LA LAGUNA
Authentic Guatemalan breakfast cooked by Private Chef
Private Morning Yoga Class
Intro to Plant Dyes Workshop
Garden Lunch in San Juan
Dinner at Hotel Casa Palopo
Swim under the stars
Stay at La Casa Colibrí Santa Catarina, “The Hummingbird House”
DAY 5 | November 4th
RETURN TO ANTIGUA & EXPLORE CATHEDRAL RUINS
Breakfast in Lake Atitlán
Travel back to Antigua together
Cathedral ruin tours in Antigua
Textile shopping and market hopping
Stay at Jardín de Stela
DAY 6 | November 5th
Farewell breakfast in Antigua
Private airport transfers