JANUARY 5-14, 2020 – XELA AID DISCOVER
Theme: "Discovery and Service in Guatemala"
Orientation: To Be Announced
Trip Leaders: Patrick Bunton and Blane Baker, with Leslie Baer Dinkel and Mel Dinkel
Trip Cost (Double/Triple Occupancy): $1769
January 5– You will be met at the airport by our comfortable bus, and we will then travel to the magnificent colonial city of Antigua, founded in the 16thcentury. You will have an opportunity to explore jade and chocolate production, and if you’re up for a moderate hike, take in the views from Cerro de la Cruz high above the landscape! Explore ruins or shopping on your own, or relax on the lovely grounds of our hotel. Enjoy a delicious, traditional dinner which we’ll host at one of Antigua’s fine dining establishments!
January 6– We will travel into the Guatemalan highlands, and to the beautiful city of Quetzaltenango (Xela) at 7500 feet where we will be housed in comfortable accommodations just off the historic Parque Central during our volunteer service. During our stay in Quetzaltenango, all breakfasts and lunches are included, and a group dinner will be arranged nightly at one of the local eateries (optional no-host).
January 7, 8, 9, 10 – We will travel each day to the village of San Martín to undertake individual projects where your specific talents and interests have been matched to need. Experience the thrill of getting to know the youth and adults of this Mám-Maya village where the rich traditions of past are still practiced even as the young people work to become competitive in the job market so they can create a better life for their families. Each day promises surprises, and to be fulfilling work! Surprises await, too, several afternoons after our work days where we will explore the local culture.
January 11, 12 – After breakfast and packing up, head for Lake Atitlan, one of the world’s most stunning destinations! Enjoy a scenic boat ride to reach our hotel, featuring chalets amidst a garden paradise. Lunch will be available at the hotel, featuring delicious, home-made everything. Kayak (included!), hike, rest, or take in the sights. During your stay at the lake, your nightly course-dinner is included. Lake Atitlan is the perfect place to get some exercise or relax—it’s up to you! You can kayak this morning, or join a group on one of two other included activities: Climb the San Pedro Volcano, or Zip a local wildlife preserve! Or instead, we’ll cover your fare to explore indigenous villages that dot the lake via the launch that picks passengers up on the half hour! No matter what you choose, your Atitlan visit will be sure to dazzle. Relax in a fire-heated hot tub that overlooks the Lake. On our last night we will celebrate with a special ceremony at dinner time.
January 13– In the morning, pack up and catch our private launch back to the world-renowned marketplace Panajachel where you can relax and watch the world go by from the patio of a restaurant slurping down a smoothie or shop till you drop. After a leisurely lunch on your own. We will have an evening of fun in Guatemala City, including a pizza party that is sure to please!
January 14 - You'll fly out this day, taking with you memories and new friendships sure to last a lifetime!
FLIGHT BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
OUTBOUND - Please book American Airlines Flight 1098 departing Kansas City for Dallas/Fort Worth at 6:10 AM on Sunday January 5, 2020 connecting to American Airlines flight 1025, departing DFW for Guatemala City at 9:00 AM arriving in GC at 12:22 PM. INBOUND - For the return flight on Wednesday January 14th, please book AA flight 1188 departing GG for DFW at 8:27 AM, connecting to AA flight 2055 from DFW to Kansas City departing 3:15 PM and arriving Kansas City at 4:49 PM.
FROM LOS ANGELES
OUTBOUND Recommendation - Overnight Direct: Avianca AV641 leaving LAX at 1:45 AM on Saturday, January 4, arriving Guatemala City Sunday, January 5th at 7:25 AM. INBOUND Recommendation – Delta leaving GC at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, January 14 arriving Los Angeles at 11:20 AM.
AIR FLIGHT PRICING
Prices vary widely. We have had good luck with CheapTickets.com and www.google.com/flights and the phone application Hopper. Please check frequently or consult with your travel agent if you have questions about best time to purchase.
If for any reason you wish to arrive early or stay later, we suggest you book at the Holiday Inn, as this is where the group will stay the last night. The address is: Primera Avenida 13-22, Zona 10. Phone Number: 502 2 4210000 (or 1-800-Holiday). Direct link: https://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ciudad-de-guatemala/
|Event End Date||01-14-2020|
|Application Start Date||05-22-2018|
|Cut off date||01-05-2020|
|Cost (Dbl/Tpl Occu.)||$1769|
|Location||Xela AID Guatemala|