May 20-29, 2018 – XELA AID DISCOVER
Theme: "Discover and Service in Guatemala"
Orientation: February 24, 2018
Trip Leaders: Patrick Bunton and Blane Baker, with Leslie Baer Dinkel and Mel Dinkel
Trip Cost (Double/Triple Occupancy): $1629
1. May 20 – 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 16th century. 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!
2. May 21 – We will travel into 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 (May 22-25). During our stay in Quetzaltenango, all breakfasts and lunches are included, and a group dinner will be arranged nightly and one of the local eateries (optional no-host).
3-6. May 22–25 – 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.
7, 8. - May 26, 27 – 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-make 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.
9. May 28 – 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’ll head for Guatemala City where some will catch return flights in the late afternoon (Los Angeles, others headed to the West Coast). Those spending the night (such as those returning to the Kansas City area) will have another evening of fun evening before your return, including a pizza party that is sure to please!
You'll take with you memories and new friendships sure to last a lifetime!
For those overnighting:
10. May 29 – After a comfortable night in Guatemala City, take a short ride to the airport to begin your journey home.
FLIGHT BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS
OUTBOUND - Please book Delta Flight 1080 departing St. Louis for Atlanta at 7:10 AM on Sunday May 20, 2018 connecting to Delta flight 904, departing Atlanta for Guatemala City at 10:45 AM arriving in GC at 12:16 PM. INBOUND - For the return flight on Tuesday May 29, please book Delta flight 910 departing GG for Atlanta at 8:06 AM, connecting to Delta flight 1199 from Atlanta to St. Louis departing 3:59 AM and arriving St. Louis at 4:46 PM.
FROM LOS ANGELES
OUTBOUND Recommendation - Overnight Direct: Avianca AV641 leaving LAX at 1:45 AM on May 20 arriving Guatemala City at 7:25 AM. INBOUND Recommendation – Delta leaving GC at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, May 29 arriving Los Angeles at 11:20 AM.
AIR FLIGHT PRICING
Prices vary widely. We have had good luck with CheapTickets.com 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 Radisson, as this is where the group will stay the last night (May 28). The address is 1a Avenida 12-46, Zona 10. Book at: www.radissonguatemala.com
|Event End Date||06-03-2018|
|Cut off date||03-25-2018|
|Cost (Dbl/Tpl Occu.)||$1629|
|Location||Xela AID Guatemala|