Tucker Robbins’ 5 Favorite Destinations in Guatemala

We couldn’t be more excited about our exclusive collaboration with Tucker Robbins. When it comes to exquisitely handmade craftsmanship, Guatemala is clearly a source of immense talent, creativity, and inspiration. Not only that, but after listening to Tucker recount tales of his travels and unmissable adventures throughout the country, we’ve understandably come down with a serious case of wanderlust. Given Tucker’s expertise, we turned to him for an insider perspective on where to go and what to see– if you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip there. He eagerly agreed to share his 5 favorite destinations in Guatemala, from the bustling markets of Antigua to the tranquil waters of Lake Atitlán.

  • Antigua

    This 500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage is famous for its Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture and colonial relics. When you’ve finished soaking in the beautiful array of churches, convents, and mansions, pay a visit to Nim P’ot, a shopper’s paradise filled with traditional artisan pieces.
  • Lake Atitlán

    A stunning aquamarine pool surrounded by majestic volcanoes, Lake Atitlán is well worth the 3-hour drive from Antigua. Prepare to marvel at the everyday splendor of the lake’s natural environment, from floating forests and charming fishing boats to native women doing the daily washing.
  • Chichicastanago

    With its narrow cobbled streets, red-tiled roofs, and traditional Mayan ceremonial culture, Chichicastenango can appear magically isolated in time from the rest of Guatemala. The town is famous for its huge Thursday and Sunday markets, where artisans sell textiles, pottery, woodcarvings, blouses, and other handmade treasures.
  • Lake Izabel

    Lake Izabel is the largest lake in Guatemala. While you’re there, don’t miss a tour of the well-preserved Castillo de San Felipe, a colonial Spanish fort that guarded Lake Izabel against pirate attacks for centuries.
  • Coban

    This city in central Guatemala hosts the country’s most historic folklore festival every summer to celebrate the traditional culture of the Kekchis Indians. You can expect to witness impressive dances and performances, elaborate costumes, and raucous marimba songs.
Written by DARA Artisans.Aug 19, 2015
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