The following itinerary is designed for several adoptive families to travel together and share experiences. There are 3 summer travel dates to choose from for 2018 (based on availability – see below).
Opportunity to meet and communicate with the other families on-line before travel.
*** Each group is designed to be small with 13-16 people and a max of 5 rooms.
Plenty of free time to add activities: Chocolate workshop, coffee tour, volcano climb, cook pepian, and more…
A truly meaningful, memorable and personalized “Homeland Journey” !
9 Days / 8 Nights – Antigua and Panajachel (Lake Atitlan)
This itinerary includes morning activities with enough down time to spend as a family to relax, schedule a birth and/or family meeting, plan your time and activities for a personalized family experience. Flexible to add days before or after the group itinerary to include more travel and activities.
*** Itinerary subject to modification based on group need and dynamics.
2018 Dates: (Group size limited)
Arrival Saturday / Departure Sunday
June 30 – July 8 (1 room left)
July 21 – July 29 (FULL)
August 4 – August 12 (FULL)
NOTE – availability only guaranteed when registration for and deposit have been received. Deposit of $200. per person is non refundable but applicable to your total package price. Email for a registration form or more info: Nancy@GuatemalaReservations.com
* June 30 / July 21 / August 4 – Saturday / Travel to Guatemala + transport to Antigua
Airport transport to hotel in Antigua
Hotel in Antigua
Included this day: Airport transport, hotel.
*July 1 / July 22 / August 5 – Sunday / Orientation + Ninos con Bendicion
8:15am – Meet at hotel lobby. Introductions and orientation.
9:30am –Transport to San Antonio Aguas Calientes (@20 min from Antigua). Enjoy traditional folk dance presentations from the Ninos con Bendicion – an after-school support program.
This is a presentation of traditional dances and marimba music with an opportunity to meet, dance, and cook with the children in the program. Some visitors forge meaningful connections with the youth that last for years. Their presentations are designed to generate funds for the children to stay in school while also maintaining their cultural roots. The dance group is made up of 30+ children ages 4-18 from families that are economically challenged in the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes (20 min from Antigua). After the children present a few folk dances you will learn to make (and eat) traditional Guatemalan tortillas.THIS IS A VERY INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE. Opportunity to shop for textiles and homemade crafts. San Antonio Aguas Calientes is known for its intricate weaving. Most of the local weaving are made by the mothers who sell on consignment.
Proceeds from all sales go directly into the education fund.
Afternoon/evening at leisure. Hotel in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, transports, translator, snack, hotel.
*July 2 / July 23 / August 6 – Monday / Antigua driving tour
9:00am – Departure from your hotel for a driving tour of Antigua.
Learn about the history and Modern cultures of Guatemala and visit some ruins around town.
Afternoon at leisure. (*** most families take a 1:30pm or 4:00pm chocolate making workshop – I will send more info later). Hotel in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, guide, transport, hotel.
*July 3 / July 24 / August 7 – Tuesday / Iximche + Panajachel
9:00am – Transport for Panajachel via the ruins of Iximche – the first Capital of Guatemala after the conquest. Iximche is still an active Mayan ritual site. http://www.grupoquepasa.com/iximche-more-than-just-another-mayan-site/
Visit the ruins with your bilingual guide then continue to your hotel in Panajachel (“Pana”). Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight in Panajachel. Hotel in Pana
Included this day: Breakfast, transports, bilingual escort or guide in Iximche, entrance fees, hotel.
*July 4 / July 25 / August 8 – Wednesday / “Fun Day” on Lake Atitlan
8:30am – Bilingual guide will meet you at the hotel to take a boat ride on Lake Atitlan to the village of Santa Cruz where you will spend the day hiking, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, relaxing and more ! All equipment and activities as per USA safety standards. Enjoy a family style lunch. All activities are centrally located. Parents can relax with a book while your child is safely expending energy (Bring bathing suit, sandals and change of clothes. Towels provided.)
Afternoon return to Pana. Hotel in Pana
Included this day: Breakfast, boat ride, activities, equipment, bilingual guides, lunch, hotel.
*July 5 / July 26 / August 9 – Thursday / Boat tour and visit to village of San Juan de Laguna
8:30am – Bilingual guide will meet you at the hotel. The day begins in Pana where you depart for the west end of the lake. From your boat, see the villages of El Jaibalito, Santa Cruz, Tzununa, San Marcos, and San Pablo as you make your way along the north shore. Your destination is San Juan where you will spend approximately 2 hours on a guided walking tour (easy saunter – local transport available if requested). Visit art galleries, two woman’s weaving cooperatives, and/or a medicinal and curative plant garden. Several famous painters are from San Juan so you can also visit their galleries to see them at work. Women Weavers and Nuestra Artesania includes demonstrations showing how the beautiful fabrics are made; from harvesting the cotton, to spinning it into yarn, dying the yarn, and then creating one of-a-kind fabrics with the back strap loom. The Qomaneel center is a medicinal and curative herb garden operated by the midwives of San Juan. You are guided through the garden and given samples of each plant along with a description of its curative powers. There are no entrance fees at the cooperatives. Your gift purchases or donations are how these centers function. Families (and kids) have found this day to be one of the “highlights” of their itinerary. Interactive, cultural, fun. Late afternoon return to Panajachel. Hotel in Pana
Included this day: Breakfast, transports (Pana/Solola/Pana), Bilingual guides, hotel.
*July 6 / July 27 / August 10 – Friday / Return to Antigua via Cave of San Jorge
10:00am – Transport from Pana to Antigua via Caves of San Jorge –
The caves are @ 10 min up the road from Pana. Visit this sacred Mayan site where rituals are still performed by the local shamans. It is a short hike over uneven terrain to the caves and a spectacular view of the lake.
Your driver will stay with the vehicle and your luggage as you will continue to Antigua, arriving mid afternoon.
Overnight in Antigua – Hotel in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, transport to Antigua, hotel.
*July 7 / July 28 / August 11 – Saturday / Free day in Antigua (optional activity)
Volcano climb, cook pepian, take a coffee tour, relax (I will send more info later)
Hotel in Antigua
Included this day: Breakfast, hotel.
*July 8 / July 29 / August 12 – Sunday / Departure + transport to airport.
Included this day: Breakfast (or box lunch), airport transport.
“The Bottom Line”
Package includes the following services as listed in the full itinerary:
IN COUNTRY SUPPORT with EMERGENCY CONTACTS 24/7; INFORMATION and MAPS; use of local CELL PHONE (local and international calls incoming / outgoing); MONEY EXCHANGE in advance; PROFESSIONAL BILINGUAL GUIDES; ALL TRANSPORTS, ENTRANCE FEES / ACTIVITIES as per the itinerary; 8 nights HOTEL (5 in Antigua, 3 in Panajachel); Daily BREAKFAST; MEMORIES and FRIENDSHIPS for a lifetime !
Costs are per person – double, triple or quad room. Extra fee for single room.
= $1690. per person (price subject to change until registration form and $200. per person deposit has been received)
Antigua: Hotel with pool, daily breakfasts included.
Panajachel: Hotel with pool, daily breakfast included.
Cancellation and No-Show policy:
Any changes to your itinerary made while traveling in country are subject to extra charges.
No refunds or credits may be available.
* No refunds will be guaranteed if cancelled 90 days or less before the beginning of your planned itinerary.
Cancellations made more than 90 days in advance may receive a full or partial refund minus a service fee.
Management and responsibility: Guatemala Reservations and Travel Assistance (GRTA) acts only as an agent and neither GRTA nor any employee or appointee nor any other person, party or organization or agency collaborating with it is or shall be responsible or liable for any injury or loss, accident or damage, delay or deviation or curtailment, howsoever caused or arising or the consequences thereof, which may occur during any part of the travel or program or during such free time as persons may elect to spend independently on tour; except to the extent of GRTAs direct negligent acts or omissions. GRTA reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary if it is in the best interest of those traveling due to unforeseen circumstances.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing (email); the date such notification is received and by Guatemala Reservations and Travel Assistance (GRTA), is the cancellation date. In the event the passengers fail to travel because of an event of force majeure, including but not limited to, war, terrorism, or threats of terrorism, State Department advisories, strikes, bad weather, natural disasters, loss of luggage, etc., GRTA will not guarantee any refund but will work with participants if there are any costs that can be refunded.
*** Participants are advised, and strongly encouraged, to purchase travel insurance to cover any non-refundable costs.
Your pre-payment implies that you understand and agree to the cancellation policy above.