THE PLACE: THE GUATEMALAN HIGHLANDS
JEWELRY DESIGNER PAMELA LOVE TOURS THE STUNNING CENTRAL AMERICAN LANDSCAPE
Jewelry designer Pamela Love tours Central America
WHERE TO GO I’ve wanted to take this trip ever since my label began partnering with Mercado Global, an accessories brand and nonprofit that helps craftswomen in rural Latin American communities become entrepreneurs. This year I had the opportunity to visit some of these artisans while I was exploring the vibrant city Antigua (1) and other towns in the country’s mountain region, such as Panajachel.
WHERE TO STAY AND EAT We spent a few nights at the romantic and chic Hotel Palacio de Doña Leonor and then checked into Hotel Atitlán (2), a beautiful spot on a lake surrounded by volcanoes. The grounds have tropical flower gardens, winding paths, and aviaries. I felt like Alice in Wonderland discovering new things at every turn! Although the meals there were fantastic, I enjoyed eating native dishes from the nearby villages the most. Guatemalan enchiladas, for instance, are different from what Americans expect: fried tortillas (tostadas) topped with a mix of fresh vegetables and egg slices. The finishing touch? A sprinkling of dried cheese.
WHAT TO DO Stop by San Marcos La Laguna for a modern hippie’s heaven on Lake Atitlán (3); the area is full of yoga and reiki studios, organic cafés, and crystal shops. I also highly recommend taking a jade-cutting class (4) in Antigua and making time to shop the
markets (5). I was looking for textiles but wound up finding amazing baskets and the best coffee. I had to bring some home.
WHAT TO PACK A linen dress, a straw hat, and stud earrings you can wear with anything. In the rainy season durable sandals are key. 3 4 1 5 Pamela Love studs, $210; pamelalove .com. Mara Hoffman dress (made of organic cotton and linen), $395; moda operandi.com. 2 Gigi Burris hat, $424; moda operandi.com. Teva sandals, $60; teva.com.