Oct. 31 - Nov. 8, 2020

Celebrity Instructor:
Bonnie Hunter
Bonnie Hunter

Package Price:
$3,569.00 | Air from Houston

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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  • TRIP-AT-A-GLANCE
  • ABOUT BONNIE
  • TESTIMONIALS

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip airfare from Houston to Guatemala.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers in Guatemala.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • A professional tour escort/instructor.
  • Professional and experienced tour guide.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Antigua, Guatemala City, and Lake Atitlán.
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners.
  • Shopping in various markets for coffee, textiles, and local crafts.
  • Sightseeing in Antigua and Lake Atitlán.
  • Backstrap loom demonstration by a local artisan.
  • Visits to local villages.
  • Boat ride from Lake Atitlán to San Juan La Laguna.
  • Traveling and workshops with our special guest, Bonnie Hunter.
  • A day trip to Chichicastenango.
  • Craftours luggage tag, lanyard and special gift.

GUATEMALA HIGHLIGHTS:

Antigua, Guatamala Play Movie
Antigua is a city in the central highlands of Guatemala famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Antigua is a growing tourist destination in Guatemala as it is close to Guatemala City but is much calmer. It is possible to take buses from Antigua to many parts of Guatemala, Many of the main areas to visit include: Monterrico beach, Atitlan Lake, Coban, Lanquín, or Tikal. Antigua is also known for its chocolate makers.
Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlán is the deepest lake in Central America with a maximum depth of about 340 metres (1,120 ft). Atitlán is technically an endorheic lake, feeding into two nearby rivers rather than draining into the ocean. It is shaped by deep surrounding escarpments and three volcanoes on its southern flank. The lake basin is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed by an eruption 84,000 years ago.

Lake Atitlán is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and is Guatemala's most important national and international tourist attraction. The lake is surrounded by many villages in which Maya culture is still prevalent and traditional dress is worn.







BONNIE HUNTER

Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of ""Needle in a Haystack!", creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel.

Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages and sold around the globe through fabric stores. But quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She has been machine quilting since 1989 and professionally long arm quilting for the public since 1995, retiring in 2009 when she no longer had the time due to her teaching, traveling and writing schedule. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.

Bonnie received the 2012 “Teacher of the Year” award through a global internet poll hosted via Sew Cal Gal, and was completely flabbergasted, not to mention honored and humbled at the same time.

Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Bonnie enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.

When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time piecing scrap quilts, enjoying the peaceful reward of English paper piecing and hand quilting as much as machine work, and loving life in her wooded surroundings in beautiful rural Wallburg, North Carolina, a suburb of Winston-Salem. She and her husband, Dave are the proud parents of two grown sons, Jason, and Jeffrey. They round out their household with Sadie the dog and two cats –Emmy Lou, who loves life inside only, and Chloe who only loves life on the outside—keeping Bonnie company while she designs, quilts and plays happily with her fabric.

Bonnie also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps" with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap Users System to good use!

Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course!



GUATEMALA TESTIMONIALS:

Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, California - "I loved Guatemala - the beautiful country, the bold bright colors, and the welcoming and gracious people. The settings and accommodations in Lake Atitlan and Antigua were amazing. The villages we visited provided a view of traditional customs and the crafts we learned are still being practiced today. What a privilege to experience this rich and colorful country and its people!"
Kathy Heydorn, Willoughby, Ohio - "What a fantastic tour. I loved meeting the Guatemalan people and getting to see where they lived and even having a home-cooked meal at thgeir home. The crafting was wonderful and I was able to try some new things such as pine-needle basket weaving. It was a unique experience. As usual, Craftours made sure we stayed in superb accommodations. This was a trip of a lifetime for me."
Merry Smith, Mashpee, Massachusetts - "Fantastic full of fun, laughter and great crafts"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA - "This is my sixth tour with Craftours. It was wonderful."
Helen Fox, Blackburn, Victoria - "Loved going to the local markets... meeting the local people and bargaining. Language was no issue when buying and selling... calculators are a great communication tool! We saw or participated in many special moments... Riding horses up the mountain, riding the chicken bus or just eating local food."
Marilyn Nance, Chicago, IL - "I had a wonderful time! Guatemala is beautiful and interesting. Our accommodations were top rate; transportation was comfortable and safe. Pam Holland is a terrific tour leader, kind, encouraging, and knowledgeable."
David Whittick, Monterey, CA - "Wonderful experience with fabric artist Pam Holland. Fun days learning photo composition with her artistic eye; seeing beautiful textile colors, people, markets & people of Antigua & Lake Atitlan."