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Guatemala

If you're fascinated by the differences between people, by the cultures that define us, then you're going to LOVE Guatemala. Whether on the cobblestone streets of Antigua, kayaking through the turquoise water of Lake Atitlan, hiking through the dense rain forests which surround the Mayan Mega City of Tikal, or navigating a massive street market in Chichicastenango, this country bubbles over with personality. Immersion programs offer students an intimate look at life in Guatemala through optional homestays and collaborative service work, allowing for a new perspective about one of our more enigmatic neighbors.

We recognize the extraordinary role that meaningful international travel can play in shaping the lives of young people, and strive to create itineraries which push travelers to see themselves and the places they visit in a new and exciting light.

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Sample Itinerary

Walking Tree Travel specializes in customized group travel. The itinerary below is from a recent program and is provided here as an example of just one of many experiences that are possible in this destination.

Today we fly to Guatemala City, Guatemala. After our afternoon/evening arrival, we'll travel overland to Antigua, one of the most idyllic cities in all of Latin America! Upon arrival we'll check in to our hotel, eat dinner and hold a short orientation meeting to prepare for our upcoming adventure. Then, it's time to rest after a long day of travel.

Lodging: Euro Maya

After breakfast, we will travel to our host community on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Upon arrival, we will meet our host families, tour the village, and learn about our service project. Group activities will follow this afternoon, or we may possibly begin work on our project.

Lodging: Host Families

Service projects, village activities, family time.  Our days in the community will consist mainly of working on a meaningful community service project and interacting with locals in a wide variety of settings. Lunch will be either be on-site or at home with families. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with host families, excursions around the village, or activities with the local community.

Lodging: Host Families

Continue with service projects, village activities, family time.

Lodging: Host Families

Today we will put the finishing touches on our service projects and enjoy some quality time  with our host families. In the evening, the community puts together a festive fiesta de despedida!

Lodging: Host Families

After breakfast and goodbyes, we will depart our host community and cross the lake by boat and relax at beautiful hotel on the shores of the lake. We will have the day free to swim, relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular views in the world.  We will also head in to the nearby town on Panahechel to explore some amazing markets and do a little souvenir shopping.

Lodging: Hotel El Dragon

Enjoy the beautiful views by swimming on the lake in the morning, after lunch, we will do an exciting zipline canopy tour!. In the late afternoon, we will travel back to Antigua and enjoy one final celebratory dinner together before our departure for the USA in following day.

Lodging: Euro Maya

We'll have a relaxing morning in Antigua before we make our way back to Guatemala City for our afternoon flight home.

Lodging: Your own bed, eventually!

Teacher Spotlight

Caitlin
Spanish Teacher, Washington D.C.

All-Inclusive Program Tuition

$2,390 +Plane and world iconInternational Flight

Program Types in this Destination

Service AdventuresConservation ExpeditionsCultural Journeys

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Program Tuition Includes

All accommodations

Three meals per day

Ground transportation

Drinking water

Full time leadership team

Group activity and entry fees

Taxes and tips

Estimated airfare*

Not included: Baggage fees, Airline minor fees, Passport/visa fees, Laundry, Souvenirs, Activities not listed on the itinerary.

*Estimated airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Families will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the best airfare for the group.

Global Leadership Activities

Walking Tree Travel has developed tools that will help our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging activities are meant to spark discussion, frame the group’s experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively on our programs now and on their own into the future. Our activities also encourage students to take initiative as leaders in their local communities to make a difference at an immediate level, helping them to understand the impact they can have when they combine cultural understanding with personal and social responsibility.

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