THE PLACE: THE GUATEMALAN HIGH­LANDS

JEW­ELRY DE­SIGNER PAMELA LOVE TOURS THE STUN­NING CEN­TRAL AMER­I­CAN LAND­SCAPE

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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.

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