Maya women in Northern Yucatan do not weave, but have a heritage for elaborate embroidery that predates the Spanish occupation of Mexico.


Ancient mural paintings and ceramics show us that prior to the arrival of the Spanish to the Yucatan, woven and embroidered textiles were rich in colors and designs. These skills and traditions were destroyed by the Spaniards who obliged the Maya women to weave only plain cloth to pay for the taxes imposed upon them. Cross stitch embroidery was later introduced by the Spanish and became fashionable in Yucatan and Mexico. 


But here and there pre-hispanic designs survived and new techniques and stitches were added. Today you will find a blooming variety of embroidered textiles using 26 stitches, many only found in Yucatan.


March 7 -14, 2020


We invite you to follow us to five villages in Northern Yucatan and meet excellent embroiderers in their homes where you will be shown a variety of stitches and designs, including heritage techniques.


The tour is limited to 15 curious travelers with some knowledge of textiles, embroidery, and design.


As part of the adventure you will receive written background information and samples of various stitches. There will also be hands-on learning opportunities for those who are interested.


The tour is organized by:​

Silvia Terán 

Anthropologist and textile expert with several publications on Mayan embroidery.​


Christian Rasmussen 

Anthropologist with several studies of traditional Maya culture.​


Tey Mariana Stiteler 

Director of MUREM, a museum of Mexican ethnic clothing in

Valladolid, Yucatan.

Photos: Christian Rasmussen & Tey Stiteler


    PRICE: $1200 USD    

    * Single supplement: $250 USD    

The tour on the road will be conducted by Tey and Christian in a comfortable van. You will stay in simple, pleasant hotels with private bathrooms and air conditioning. Breakfast is included plus traditional Yucatecan mid-day meals that will be offered in the homes of the embroiderers.




Saturday, 7 March, Valladolid

Arrival to Valladolid, Yucatan, on your own (transport from Cancun or Mérida can be arranged)

7 p.m. Welcome cocktails and botanas, gallery tour of Museo de Ropa Étnica de México 


Sunday, 8 March, Valladolid

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Introduction: Silvia Terán on the embroidered clothing of Yesterday and Today in Yucatan

1:00 p.m. Lunch

3:00 p.m. Visit to Maya village of Xocén, traditional embroidery

6:00 p.m. Traditional meal in Xocén 

8:00 p.m. Lodging in Valladolid

Monday, 9 March, Felipe Carrillo Puerto

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

12:00 p.m. Visit to Maya village of X´Pichil, traditional embroidery

2:00 p.m. Traditional meal in X´Pichil

5:00 p.m. Lodging in Felipe Carrillo Puerto


Tuesday, 10 March, Maní

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

11:00 a.m. Visit to Maya village of Tahdziu, traditional cross stitch embroidery

3:00 p.m. Traditional meal in Tahdziu

7:00 p.m. Lodging in Maní


Wednesday, 11 March, Maní

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

11:00 a.m. Visit to Maya village of Maní, traditional and modern embroidery

3:00 p.m. Traditional meal in Maní

7:00 p.m. Lodging in Maní


Thursday, 12 March, Izamal

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

11:00 a.m. Visit to Maya village of San José Oriente, unusual cross stitch embroidery

3:00 p.m. Traditional meal in San José Oriente

7:00 p.m. Lodging in Izamal


Friday, 13 March, Izamal

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Visit to Maya Village of Kimbilá, modernizing traditional embroidery

3:00 p.m. Traditional Yucatecan meal in Izamal

7:00 p.m. Wine and cheese gathering 

8:00 p.m. Final Dinner 

9:00 p.m. Lodging in Izamal

Saturday, 14 March, Valladolid

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. General Conclusion with Silvia Terán: What did we learn?

12:00 p.m. Check-out


Trip includes:

  • Shared accommodations ($250 single supplement for private rooms)

  • In-tour transportation

  • Welcome cocktails, botanas, and tour of Museo de Ropa Étnica de México in Valladolid

  • Breakfast 

  • Mid-day meal of traditional Yucatecan food in embroiderers´ homes 

  • Final meal

  • All day access to a cooler of bottled water

  • Instructional packet and textile samples

  • Hands-on experiences

  • Opportunities to purchase textiles from the people and places we visit


Trip does not include:

  • Transport to and from the airport

  • Evening meals and alcoholic drinks (other than welcome and closing receptions)

  • Personal travel insurance (recommended)

  • Tips to drivers and embroiderers


Other things to note:

  • Evenings on your own

  • Transport and visits to Maya ruins, beaches, and cenotes can be arranged before or after the study tour.

  • Itinerary may change due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will provide equal or better replacements

  • This tour supports the programs and collection of MUREM, a nonprofit organization.



Payment for the embroidery tour can be made in one or three installments.


If you are ready to sign up with a single payment, click on the SIGN UP NOW button below to register with the regular price (shared room). Choose the SINGLE SUPPLEMENT button if you prefer a private room.

You will be taken to PayPal to finish the transaction.


If you would like to be invoiced in installments, Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you. 

      Reservation and Cancellation Policies      


A $400 deposit is required per person.

A second payment of $400 per individual is due on or before 7 January, 2020, with the remaining balance due on or before 7 February, 2020.

If you must cancel, we will refund 50% of your deposit up through January 15, 2020,  after which there are no refunds.​


    PRICE: $1200 USD    

    Single supplement +$250 USD    

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