June 21-30, 2019 – XELA AID SERVICE & ADVENTURE, GUATEMALA
Theme: "Adventures and Service in the Guatemalan Highlands"
Registration Deadline: April 23, 2019
Trip Leaders: Andrew Dorantes and Grace Dorantes
Trip Cost (Double/Triple Occupancy): $1892
(See Flight Recommendations at the end of this itinerary!)
June 21 - We will take flights in from various locations to arrive in Guatemala City's La Aurora Airport. We will travel from the Guatemala Airport to Antigua in two groups at two different times. The early morning group will be for those on flights arriving at Guatemala Airport by 6am. The evening Group will be for those on flights arriving at Guatemala Airport by 7:30 pm. • We will be met at the airport by our comfortable bus/van. For the early morning group, a hosted breakfast will be provided en route to our lovely hotel in the magnificent colonial city of Antigua founded in the 16th Century. There will be an optional dinner for the early morning group. For the evening group, we will drive directly from the airport to our hotel. There will be several dinner options for those choosing dinner before calling it a night.
June 22 - We will spend a full day exploring Antigua. You will have an opportunity to learn about jade and chocolate production, take a walking heritage or photo tour, see ruins and shop on your own, or just relax on the lovely grounds of our hotel! We will host you for a dinner at one of the cities’ finest eateries!
June 23 - Those who wish will take an early morning, moderate hike and be rewarded with views from Cerro de la Cruz high above the landscape! After our hosted breakfast we will visit a local macademia nut cooperative, then travel on to the Guatemalan highlands, and to the beautiful city of Quetzaltenango (Xela) at 7500 where we will be housed in comfortable accommodations just off the historic Parque Central during our volunteer service days. We will stop for a delicious lunch along the way.
During our stay in Quetzaltenango, all breakfasts and lunches are included, and an optional group dinner will be arranged nightly and one of the local eateries.
June 24- 27 – Each day we will travel each day to the village of San Martín to undertake individual projects where your 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 the 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.
During your stay at the Lake, your nightly course-dinner is included.
June 28-29 - After breakfast and packing up, we will head for magnificent 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 where everything is home-made and mouthwatering. Kayak (included!), hike, rest, or take in the sights. During down time, rest or adventure. Trip leaders will lead a hike to the colonial church at Santa Cruz, approximately 1000 feet above our hotel. Kayak to your heart’s content, and choose between a zip-line excursion through the lush forest of Lake Atitlan or hike up challenging Volcan San Pedro! After a day of exploring, enjoy an always-amazing dinner then take a dip and 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.
June 30 - In the morning we’ll 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. In the early afternoon we’ll begin to make our way to the airport to begin our journey home. You’ll take with you memories and new friendships sure to last a lifetime!
FLIGHT BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
Note: These suggested flights are from Los Angeles. If you are not traveling from Los Angeles, or you are but choose a different outbound option, MAKE SURE to arrive in Guatemala no later than 6 PM June 21st to join the group, and to make your return flight no earlier than 6 PM June 30, 2019.
OUTBOUND FLIGHTS - If you are flying from LAX, we recommend one of the following non-stop flights:
Avianca AV525 leaving LAX, June 21st at or near 11:35 AM, arriving Guatemala the same day, June 21st at 5:15 PM. This flight tends to be more expensive than the red-eye flight.
Avianca AV641 leaving LAX Thursday, June 20th at or near 11:55pm, arriving Guatemala the next day, Friday, June 21st at 5:35 AM. This flight is a red-eye flight and typically cheaper than the other recommended non-stop flight.
These suggested flights are from Los Angeles arriving in Guatemala on Friday June 21, 2019. If you are not traveling from Los Angeles, or you are but choose a different outbound option, you have the choice of joining one of the following groups that will travel from Guatemala Airport to Antigua on Friday, June 21, 2019:
Early Morning Group: Flights arriving at Guatemala Airport by 6am & Evening Group: Flights arriving at Guatemala Airport by 7:30 pm.
RETURN EVENING FLIGHT FROM GUATEMALA - We suggest the following flight from Guatemala to LAX: Avianca AV640 leaving GC on June 30th at between 6 and 8 pm (time listing varies) arriving LAX between 10:35 and 11:40 PM.
This is a suggested flight from Guatemala to LAX on Sunday June 30, 2019 – If you plan to fly out on Sunday June 30, 2019, make your return flight no earlier than 6 PM June 30, 2019. Some individuals may choose to book a hotel near the airport and fly out the next day, Monday, July 1, 2019.
Please feel free to contact one of your group leaders regarding any questions you may have!
|Event End Date||06-30-2019|
|Application Start Date||04-23-2018|
|Cut off date||06-14-2019|
|Cost (Dbl/Tpl Occu.)||$1892|
|Location||Xela AID Guatemala|