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Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip (Sold Out)Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad
January 9 – 16, 2019
- Five nights at the five star Parque Central Hotel in Havana and meals in the city’s finest restaurants.
- Access to private performances, artist’s studios, cultural centers, museums and all that this remarkable city has to offer.
- Two days and nights in the city of Cienfuegos, on the Caribbean coast. Our visit will coincide with their annual regional exhibit of Arte Naïf. From here, will visit the colonial city of Trinidad, founded in 1514 and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
- A visit to the estate of Ernest Hemingway and the fishing village where he kept his beloved boat, Pilar.
Cuba | Passport to Folk Art Trip (Sold Out)Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Holguin, Gibara
February 14 – 22, 2019
- Four days in Santiago de Cuba, a city rich in history from its founder Diego Velazquez, to Hernan Cortez, Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, and Cuba’s national hero, Jose Marti. We will visit the community of Mella where IFAM artists, El Grupo Bayate, have transformed their town due in large part to their success in Santa Fe. We will spend a day with the Conservator of Santiago in the Sierra Maestra mountains exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Los Cafetales, French coffee plantations founded at the turn of the 19th century
- 3 days in the beautiful seaside town of Baracoa, where Columbus landed in 1492 and proclaimed it to be “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen.” Due to its relative isolation over the past four centuries, Baracoa is steeped in traditions which include a cuisine unique to the area. Here we will visit with IFAM artist, Leandro Gomez, whose sculptures of jeeps and trucks depict the main modes of transportation in this remote town. We will spend a day in the Valle de Yumuri where we will explore the canyon river with local guides in hopes of seeing some of the many birds endemic to this region
- From Baracoa we will drive to the city of Holguin, Santa Fe’s Sister City. Our last night will find us in the town of Gibara, a little gem of a city and a perfect spot to end our journey.
Nepal and Bhutan | Passport to Folk Art TripKathmandu, Janakpur, Patan, Thimi, Bhaktapur, Thimphu, Bumthang, and Paro
Nepal: March 1 – 7, 2019
Bhutan: March, 7 – 13, 2019
- Visit the Red Sari Felt Production Center — where women create scarves and purses by felting and fusing upcycled silk saris and wool fibers. Try your hand at making your own scarf!
- Journey to the remote village of Kuwa, where you will spend time with the Janakpur Women’s Development Center— the first non-governmental organization in Nepal working to empower and support the women from the Maithili culture, who traditionally painted designs on the outside walls of their homes, but now have begun painting the same and now new images on handmade paper.
- Stay in the charming Inn Patan, and wander around this historic city, one of the three original kingdoms of Nepal, where in the evenings, you will have the opportunity to observe a young boy, undergoing initiation to become a Buddhist, ceremoniously circumambulate the Golden Temple.
- Travel to Bumthang to visit Leki Wangmo and Rinzin Wangmo of Leki Textiles & Weaving Studio. Leki learned to weave at the age of eight and spent three years weaving for the royal family. You have the option of taking a weaving class or organize dye workshop, whether you are a master weaver or a beginner!
- Take an excursion (climbing optional) to the famous Taktsang Monastery, where it is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence called “Tiger’s Nest.”
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Oaxaca | Passport to Folk Art Trip (Sold Out)Oaxaca and Mixteca Highlands
March 12-19, 2019
- Visits to the homes of several IFAM artists including potter, Don Jose Garcia, and the weaving family of Don Isaac Vazquez.
- Tour the temples, palaces, and plazas of Monte Alban, one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, dating back to 500 BC.
- Travel to the Mixteca Alta for two nights where we will be exposed to the markets and artisans of this unique, remote area including the Trique village where the women still dress in their floor-length, famous “red huipiles.”
- Stop at San Augustin Etla where we will tour the old textile mill which is now an art center and papermaking factory, created by renowned artist, Francisco Toledo, where they make a variety of beautiful paper products including fabulous jewelry.
- Enjoy the legendary food of Oaxaca, from upscale restaurants to salt of the earth home cooked meals.
The Folkloric Arts of Brazil and the Majesty of Iguaçu FallsBrazil
September 6-17, 2019
- Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, and São João Del Rei, some of the best preserved colonial towns of Brazil
- Inhotim museum and botanical garden
- Artisanal cheesemakers of Minas Gerais
- Miniature ceramics of Pernambuco
- Famed block printing of Pernambuco
- Traditional Brazilian lace artisans
- Nannai Coastal Resort
- The splendor of Iguaçu falls
- The famed Hotel Belmond Das Cataratas, luxury hotel directly adjacent to the falls
Folk Arts, Ancient Temples, and Natural Wonders in India’s Wild NortheastIndia
November 8 – 20, 2019
- Kantha embroidery of Bengal
- Mask-making traditions of Bengal
- Dakshineshwara Temple, the largest K?l? temple in the world
- Belur Math, the mission of famed Indian spiritual teacher Ramakrishna
- Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important goddess temples in India
- Umananda Temple, a beautiful island temple in the middle of the Brahmaputra River
- Eri silk and Ahimsa silk of Assam
- Tribal arts of Meghalaya
- The fabulous Ry Kinjai hotel, serenity by the lake
- Living root bridges of Meghalaya
- The rugged beauty of Kaziranga National Park
All PASSPORT TO FOLK ART** trips are FULLY INCLUSIVE of:
- All Accommodations
- Meals and Beverages
- Transportation including airline tickets for countries on itinerary
- Sightseeing and Transfers
- English-Speaking Guides and Entrance Fees
- Gratuities (Some gratuities on Cuba trips not included in price.)
- Donation to the International Folk Art Alliance
**Add on trips may not have the same inclusions.
You as the traveler need only pay for:
- International Airline Tickets
- Insurance (Required on most, strongly recommended for Cuba)
- Personal Expenses (Airport taxes, visas, camera fees, specialty beverages, etc.)
For details related to accessibility and levels of physical activity with trips, please contact your trip organizer.