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Guatemala: The Land of the Mayan People

THIS TRIP IS FULLY BOOKED.  NEXT ONE APRIL 2019.  DETAILS COMING SOON. 

June 30 – July 10/2018

$1775 US Dollars for Adults, $1575 for those 15 and under (gst included)

Leadership: Julio Cochoy, Eduardo Elias, Doris Kizinna

This will be an inter-generational travel experience, which is the best kind!

WHO? This will be an inter-generational travel experience with open options for parents and children, Youth and Adults. Please consult with us to see if this journey would be right for you or your family.
WHAT? Discover the Highlands of Guatemala, exploring this beautiful region of Latin America. You’ll meet inspiring people and visit projects working to better Guatemalan Society. You’ll learn about Mayan culture, traditions and spirituality, and visit some of the most beautiful areas of Guatemala. Be guided by and meet Guatemalans listening to their stories and struggles. You’ll spend time learning about the history of the 36 year civil war and genocide and it’s effects on Guatemala today. Focus on a small project with the children at the school in Chwitiziribal, a small Mayan village.Visit Chichicastenango’s market, a volcanic hot-spring to relax, an environmental project on re-forestation, a fair trade
coffee project, a weaving centre and historic Antigua, as well as other worthwhile projects and sites. Build community when travelling with a group of great people, visiting some of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. Post-trip, we can help you organize an optional trip unescorted to Tikal and the Mayan Biosphere. (at an additional cost and self guided).

The registration fee includes: all organization of the program, resources to help you prepare for the journey (readings, suggested films etc), all in country travel costs including pickup and drop off at airport, 10 nights accommodation (shared), all in country meals during those 11 days, fully escorted tour
by one Canadian guide and Guatemala guides, in country transportation with private small bus and driver, translation as required for all talks, tips, all programme expenses such as entrance fees, donations to all organizations we visit made on behalf of the group, and all administration of the tour. This does not include airfare or personal travel insurance, spending money, the cost of your passport,
any immunizations you may need, and special activities you may choose to do like zip-lining etc.

Discover the Highlands of Guatemala, exploring this beautiful region of Latin America. You’ll meet inspiring people and visit projects working to better Guatemalan Society.  Options will be available so that you can choose to visit and eco-project, or hear from survivors about the Civil War in Guatemala.   You’ll learn about Mayan culture, traditions and spirituality.  Be guided by and meet Guatemalans listening to their stories and struggles.  We’ll stay in some hotels that have pools with a chance at the end of the day to relax and to play.  We’ll focus on a small project with the children at the school in Chwitiziribal, a small Mayan village. Visit Chichicastenango’s market, a volcanic hot-spring to relax, a weaving centre and historic Antigua, as well as other projects and sites. Build community when travelling with an intergenerational group, visiting some of the most beautiful places in Guatemala.

PRE and POST TRIP GROUP BUILDING: We will have an opportunity to prepare for the journey together and as a travelling group by connecting online and having at least one orientation meeting before the trip. You will be sent out emails and a resource package that you are asked to read with important info for you to have. There will also be a reading list that you may wish to use. Following the tour we’d like to have a reunion meeting to share time together and reflect on the experience. These meetings will be in greater Vancouver and if it’s possible for you, we’d love you to be a part of this.

WHY? Guatemala is a country in economic and social crisis. After over 36 years of military rule and civil war which ended in 1996, Guatemalans are now rebuilding their lives and strengthening the democratic process. They face enormous challenges as poverty and years of isolation due to war have left a toll, violence is rampant in the society, and natural disasters occur. Solidarity with international organizations and individuals can make a big difference in this struggle. When asked we can best support their struggle, the answer is always, “Bear witness to what is happening in Guatemala and tell others”. Come and experience this land of the eternal green with us!

For more information and an application form please contact the trip coordinator
Doris Kizinna, 604.341.2724 worldpilgrims@gmail.com  www.worldpilgrim.ca

Doris has been coordinating travel groups to Guatemala, Cuba and India for the past 15 years and is the founder of World Pilgrim. She is working on her Spanish and considers accompanying people on global education experiences a great priviledge of her life. She has traveled extensively in Guatemala and knows the country well.  Julio Cochoy is co-leading this tour and is Maya-Quiche from Santa Lucia Utitlan. He is a human rights activist and 10 years ago started a healing process for his community in gathering the historical record of the atrocities that happened there during the Genocide through the Maya Skills Project.  Eduardo Elias is our wonderful translator and friend who will accompany part of the trip.

ITINERARY for this Tour CLICK HERE:  Gua June-July 2018 Itinerary

REGISTRATION FORM for this Tour CLICK HERE:  reg form guatemala 2018

INFORMATION POSTER for this Tour CLICK HERE:  gua june-july 2018

Your guides:  Julio, Doris and Eduardo – looking forward to travelling with you!

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Tikal Tour Option: There is an option if you wish to stay on for 2 more nights to experience an overnight trip to TIKAL, an ancient mayan site in northern Guatemala. The costs for this optional tour are extra and can be added on to your costs. In the past people have paid app. $600 USD for a one hour flight return, shuttle to the airport, shuttle to Tikal, a guided tour through the ruins, an overnight in the park at the Jungle Lodge, sunrise on temple 4 in the park, tour of flores and boat trip around Flores and shuttle back to airport. Amazing! You would also have an additional cost of an extra night in Guatemala the day before you fly home and meals. Let us know if you are interested in this add-on option.

Easter display in Antigua Guatemala 2015

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Lent Processions during Holy Week 2015