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Guatemala: A Land of Magic and Hope - A Women's’ Delegation Journey for International Understanding

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Make a difference! Join the AWIU, The American Women for International Understanding, for a meaningful cultural exchange to Guatemala.

Promotes woman-to-woman interaction and understanding worldwide through meaningful visits, grants, educational support, the celebration, support of the International Women of Courage, and participation of local chapters which act locally and affect globally.

Guatemala is known globally for its beautiful geography of rainforests, volcanoes, and rich historical artifacts from ancient Mayan sites.

Our 11-day women’s delegation journey will take you on an immersion to see and understand the real Guatemala through multiple project visits that allow you to meet with the locals inducing positive change.

Visiting with Grupo Cajolá, a local NGO, will allow you to get insight into the economic development of Guatemala for the locals.

Additionally, you will get the opportunity to visit Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects and 32 Vulcanos, the local community organization that works on educational, health, nutrition, and environmental projects in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

Along with cultural walking journeys, ancient site visits and more, this journey will give you the chance to see the true beauty of Guatemala from its geography and locals!


Guatemala: A Land of Magic and Hope - A Women's’ Delegation Journey for International Understanding


January 8, 2022 days and January 18, 2022 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Welcome to Guatemala!

Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.

DAY 2: Yaxha and Nuevo Horizonte

After breakfast, your private transportation will take you to the impressive site of Yaxha, a former ceremonial centre; the lagoons of Yaxha and Sacnab can be observed from the top of several archaeological monuments, giving the area a unique landscape beauty. On arrival, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail prepared by the women of the Frutas Tropicales de Yaxha association. You will have a short presentation of what the association has achieved in the area and then continue tour of the site.

DAY 3: Maya city of Tikal

Meet your guide in the morning depart to the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which is 70 meters high.

DAY 4: Antigua

After breakfast, meet with your guide for a morning private walking half-day tour of Antigua.

DAY 5: Antigua

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in the beautiful Antigua Guatemala.

DAY 6: Guatemala Housing Alliance

After breakfast meet with your guide for a transfer to Lake Atitlan, making a stop on the way to visit the archaeological site of Iximche, located in Tecpan village, surrounded by steep slopes and pine trees.

Your guide will introduce to you the cultural aspects of Guatemala, beginning with the Mayas in the region.

DAY 7: San Pablo and San Juan La Laguna

After breakfast, your guide will assist you with boarding a powered boat that takes you across the lake to visit the villages of San Pablo & San Juan La Laguna, Mayan towns around the lake.

DAY 8: Grupo Cajolá

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Meet with your guide and transfer to the western highlands of Guatemala, to Quetzaltenango, or Xela, as called by the locals, one of the main cities of Guatemala.

DAY 9: San Andres Xecul

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today you will travel to San Andres Xecul, home to the brightly-painted Catholic church, and an important center for traditional Mayan religion.

DAY 10: Guatemala City

After Breakfast transfer back to Guatemala City and to your hotel (approx. 4 hr drive).

DAY 11: See You Again!

Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight time we will transfer you to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City for your flight home. (B)


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Departure

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<p> Make a difference! Join the AWIU, The American Women for International Understanding, for a meaningful cultural exchange to Guatemala. </p>
<p> Promotes woman-to-woman interaction and understanding worldwide through meaningful visits, grants, educational support, the celebration, support of the International Women of Courage, and participation of local chapters which act locally and affect globally. </p>
<p> Guatemala is known globally for its beautiful geography of rainforests, volcanoes, and rich historical artifacts from ancient Mayan sites.</p>
<p> Our 11-day women’s delegation journey will take you on an immersion to see and understand the real Guatemala through multiple project visits that allow you to meet with the locals inducing positive change.</p>
<p> Visiting with Grupo Cajolá, a local NGO, will allow you to get insight into the economic development of Guatemala for the locals. </p>
<p> Additionally, you will get the opportunity to visit Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects and 32 Vulcanos, the local community organization that works on educational, health, nutrition, and environmental projects in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. </p>
<p> Along with cultural walking journeys, ancient site visits and more, this journey will give you the chance to see the true beauty of Guatemala from its geography and locals! </p>
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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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<p> •Includes a year of AWIU membership dues. </p>
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<p> •Womens-only journey. For women, to benefit women. </p>
<p> •Multiple project visits to see and meet with the locals who are making positive change throughout Guatemala. </p>

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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<p> •Meeting with organization Grupo Cajolá to learn how they work by organizing the community and developing new opportunities for a better life. </p>
<p> •Visit to Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects. </p>

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Program

DAY 1: Welcome to Guatemala!

Flight to Flores (Peten), where your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Jungle Lodge (D)


DAY 2: Yaxha and Nuevo Horizonte

PROJECT VISIT: In the afternoon transfer to Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects.

This visit offers opportunities to learn about Guatemala’s modern history, the impacts of the country’s 36-year armed conflict on the country’s development, and community-based development solutions to rural poverty.

At the end of the visit, transfer back to your Hotel in Tikal National Park. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 3: Maya city of Tikal

From its peak, you can hear the sounds of the rainforest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

After lunch transfer to Mundo Maya Airport for your return flight to Guatemala City. Once there, meet with your expert guide and transfer to Antigua and to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)


DAY 4: Antigua

For more than 200 years, Antigua was the political, religious, and economic heart of Central America. Your tour will cover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Entrance fees are included to the Iglesia San Francisco,

Cathedral, La Merced Church & Capuchin’s Ruins. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)


DAY 5: Antigua

Lecture - attend the different events of the lecture series. This will take place at the hotel’s conference room. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)


DAY 6: Guatemala Housing Alliance

PROJECT VISIT: At San Pablo La Laguna, visit to Guatemala Housing Alliance. GHA works primarily in this Maya Tz’utujil town to reduce extreme poverty and empower women and girls.

Return to the hotel for a visit to the Museo Lacustre Atitlan, displaying the history of the lake. Enjoy of the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D)


DAY 7: San Pablo and San Juan La Laguna

Walk the main streets of the towns, overflown by studios of naif painters, once you get to the coffee coop, La Voz que Clamaen el Desierto, your hosts will take you on a hike of about half a mile, to the coffee plants.

Learn about the flora and fauna that contribute to the ancestral processes of harvesting coffee and taste a delicious cup of coffee after the tour. Enjoy lunch prepared by the women
of the coop. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D)


DAY 8: Grupo Cajolá

With its neoclassical architecture and dignified atmosphere, the city feels a bit European. Learning about the history of the region will prepare you for tomorrow’s activity.

PROJECT VISIT: today you will visit Grupo Cajolá and learn how they work by organizing the community and developing new opportunities for a better life.
The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Bonifaz (B, L, D)


DAY 9: San Andres Xecul

PROJECT VISIT: Travel today with your guide to 32 Volcanoes, the local community organization that works on educational, health, nutrition, and environmental projects in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

Return to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Bonifaz (B, L, D)


DAY 10: Guatemala City

Dinner at Westin Camino Real at El Cafetal Restaurant
Overnight at Westin Camino Real hotel (B, L, D)


DAY 11: See You Again!

Don't leave just yet! Continue your adventure with our woman's program in Egypt, learn belly dancing in Turkey, or spend the month as a Monk in India!




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Supplement $480.00

Per person for Standard $3,640.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

•    Includes a year of AWIU membership dues.
•    Hotels- 10 nights at first class hotels
•    All meals-Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (excluding day 1 -dinner only and day 11-breakfast only)
•    Transportation
•    Luggage handling fees at airports/hotels (one bag per person)
•    Full time program manager throughout
•    Gratuities for Group manager, Driver, local guides, maids, bellboys at airport and meals
•    Meet & greet service upon arrival to Flores and Guatemala City
•    All transportation as per itinerary

Immersions:
•    Entrance fees to: Tikal Park, Yaxha, Antigua Guatemala sites, Iximche,             Muse Lacustre
•    Meeting with women from San Juan Cotzal weaving cooperative
•    Social community experiences as listed

Hotels
•    2 nights at Jungle Lodge in Peten http://junglelodgetikal.com/
•    3 nights at Posada de Don Rodrigo in Antigua https://antigua.posadadedonrodrigo.com/
•    2 nights at Hotel Atitlan at Lake Atitlan https://www.hotelatitlan.com/
•    2 nights at Hotel Bonifaz at Quetzaltenango https://hotel-pension-bonifaz.negocio.site/
•    1 night at Westin Camino Real in Guatemala City https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/guawi-the-westin-camino-real-guatemala/
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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

•Economic development in Guatemala

•History and culture of Guatemala.

•Mayan town culture through boat-visits.

•Local community organization visits to see the development of Guatemala through it’s local efforts.

•32 Volcanoes

•Grupo Cajolá

•Nuevo Horizonte

•San Pablo La Laguna Housing Alliance


Why This Program Is Unique

•Includes a year of AWIU membership dues.

•Immersion into Guatemalan culture through visiting with locals and seeing life like a real Guatemalan.

•Womens-only journey. For women, to benefit women.

•Multiple project visits to see and meet with the locals who are making positive change throughout Guatemala.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

•Meeting with organization Grupo Cajolá to learn how they work by organizing the community and developing new opportunities for a better life.

•Visit to Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Welcome to Guatemala!

Arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. Flight to Flores (Peten), where your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Jungle Lodge (D)

DAY 2: Yaxha and Nuevo Horizonte

After breakfast, your private transportation will take you to the impressive site of Yaxha, a former ceremonial centre; the lagoons of Yaxha and Sacnab can be observed from the top of several archaeological monuments, giving the area a unique landscape beauty. On arrival, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail prepared by the women of the Frutas Tropicales de Yaxha association. You will have a short presentation of what the association has achieved in the area and then continue tour of the site. PROJECT VISIT: In the afternoon transfer to Nuevo Horizonte, a community of Maya and Ladino ex-guerrilla families who run innovative education, reforestation, and micro-development projects. This visit offers opportunities to learn about Guatemala’s modern history, the impacts of the country’s 36-year armed conflict on the country’s development, and community-based development solutions to rural poverty. At the end of the visit, transfer back to your Hotel in Tikal National Park. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Jungle Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 3: Maya city of Tikal

Meet your guide in the morning depart to the impressive and mystical Maya city of Tikal. One of its largest buildings is the Temple of the Two-headed Serpent, which is 70 meters high. From its peak, you can hear the sounds of the rainforest: more than 300 species of birds, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and toucans. Due to its immense value, Tikal was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. After lunch transfer to Mundo Maya Airport for your return flight to Guatemala City. Once there, meet with your expert guide and transfer to Antigua and to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)

DAY 4: Antigua

After breakfast, meet with your guide for a morning private walking half-day tour of Antigua. For more than 200 years, Antigua was the political, religious, and economic heart of Central America. Your tour will cover the architectural and historical highlights of this colonial city with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the many ruined churches, convents, and cathedrals. Entrance fees are included to the Iglesia San Francisco, Cathedral, La Merced Church & Capuchin’s Ruins. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)

DAY 5: Antigua

Today, enjoy a day at leisure in the beautiful Antigua Guatemala. Lecture - attend the different events of the lecture series. This will take place at the hotel’s conference room. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo Antigua (B, L, D)

DAY 6: Guatemala Housing Alliance

After breakfast meet with your guide for a transfer to Lake Atitlan, making a stop on the way to visit the archaeological site of Iximche, located in Tecpan village, surrounded by steep slopes and pine trees. Your guide will introduce to you the cultural aspects of Guatemala, beginning with the Mayas in the region. PROJECT VISIT: At San Pablo La Laguna, visit to Guatemala Housing Alliance. GHA works primarily in this Maya Tz’utujil town to reduce extreme poverty and empower women and girls. Return to the hotel for a visit to the Museo Lacustre Atitlan, displaying the history of the lake. Enjoy of the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D)

DAY 7: San Pablo and San Juan La Laguna

After breakfast, your guide will assist you with boarding a powered boat that takes you across the lake to visit the villages of San Pablo & San Juan La Laguna, Mayan towns around the lake. Walk the main streets of the towns, overflown by studios of naif painters, once you get to the coffee coop, La Voz que Clamaen el Desierto, your hosts will take you on a hike of about half a mile, to the coffee plants. Learn about the flora and fauna that contribute to the ancestral processes of harvesting coffee and taste a delicious cup of coffee after the tour. Enjoy lunch prepared by the women of the coop. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Atitlan (B, L, D)

DAY 8: Grupo Cajolá

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Meet with your guide and transfer to the western highlands of Guatemala, to Quetzaltenango, or Xela, as called by the locals, one of the main cities of Guatemala. With its neoclassical architecture and dignified atmosphere, the city feels a bit European. Learning about the history of the region will prepare you for tomorrow’s activity. PROJECT VISIT: today you will visit Grupo Cajolá and learn how they work by organizing the community and developing new opportunities for a better life. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Bonifaz (B, L, D)

DAY 9: San Andres Xecul

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Today you will travel to San Andres Xecul, home to the brightly-painted Catholic church, and an important center for traditional Mayan religion. PROJECT VISIT: Travel today with your guide to 32 Volcanoes, the local community organization that works on educational, health, nutrition, and environmental projects in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Return to your hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Bonifaz (B, L, D)

DAY 10: Guatemala City

After Breakfast transfer back to Guatemala City and to your hotel (approx. 4 hr drive). Dinner at Westin Camino Real at El Cafetal Restaurant Overnight at Westin Camino Real hotel (B, L, D)

DAY 11: See You Again!

Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight time we will transfer you to La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City for your flight home. (B) Don't leave just yet! Continue your adventure with our woman's program in Egypt, learn belly dancing in Turkey, or spend the month as a Monk in India!


Program Registration Fees

2022 Departures & Fees 1 Departures

Date Double Occupancy Single Supplement
January 08, 2022
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£2,730.00
Per Person
£360.00
Per Person
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Services Included

• Includes a year of AWIU membership dues. • Hotels- 10 nights at first class hotels • All meals-Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (excluding day 1 -dinner only and day 11-breakfast only) • Transportation • Luggage handling fees at airports/hotels (one bag per person) • Full time program manager throughout • Gratuities for Group manager, Driver, local guides, maids, bellboys at airport and meals • Meet & greet service upon arrival to Flores and Guatemala City • All transportation as per itinerary Immersions: • Entrance fees to: Tikal Park, Yaxha, Antigua Guatemala sites, Iximche, Muse Lacustre • Meeting with women from San Juan Cotzal weaving cooperative • Social community experiences as listed

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