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Explore Guatemala

Guatemala is at the heart of the Mayan world. The country is small, but contains a large variety of ecosystems, from oceans and jungles to volcanoes and tropical rivers...there is so much to see in this beautiful and mystical country. In Guatemala we will explore these diverse areas and connect with the beautiful people who are still so connected to their traditional heritage.

 
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Trip Overview:


Guatemala is at the heart of the Mayan world. The country is small, but contains a large variety of ecosystems, from oceans and jungles to volcanoes and tropical rivers...there is so much to see in this beautiful and mystical country. In Guatemala we will explore these diverse areas and connect with the beautiful people who are still so connected to their traditional heritage.

TRIP DATES:

November 10-November 16, 2019

TRIP TYPE:

Women-Only Sojourn

TRIP PRICE:

$2800.00*

*Additional Costs: 

  • Upgrade to Single Room (limited availability): $300

  • International Airfare to and from Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:

  • Explore Antigua

  • Meet the founder and artisans who work in a unique system that empowers underprivileged communities and connects them to markets around the world. Working with women who make handcrafted accessories to generate income opportunities that improve their quality of life.

  • Connect with several artisan groups

  • Wander through one of Latin America’s largest outdoor markets in Chichicastenango.

  • Participate in a Mayan ceremony on sacred land in a natural reserve

  • Enjoy Quetzeltanango, the second largest city in Guatemala, full of history and the rich culture and flavor of the country.

Trip Itinerary


 

Day 1

Arrive in the morning at the Guatemala City airport and join our group transfer to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua. Welcome Dinner. (D)

Day 2

Breakfast at hotel.  We start our Sojourn with a visit to a local artisan group in Patulul where we will participate in their beautiful Dream Circle. In the late afternoon we will transfer from Patulul to Tolimán for the evening.  Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Hotel Tolimán. (B, L, D)

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel.  After a morning excursion where we’ll connect to the power spiritual energy of this area we’ll enjoy a boat trip across Lake Atitlan to Panjachel.  We’ll have lunch in Panjachel and a little free time before we transfer to Quetzaltenango. Overnight in Quetzaltenango. (B, L, D)

Day 4

Breakfast at hotel.  This morning we will go to the nearby town of San Cristobal Totonicapan and meet with a traditional weaver group.  Back in Quetzaltenango you’ll have the chance to join a tour to Ron Zacapa or have an afternoon free to explore on your own.  Group dinner and overnight in Quetzaltenango. (B, L, D)

Day 5

Breakfast at hotel.  Take in the sights as we travel from Quetzaltenango to Chichicastenango.  In Chichi we will explore one of the largest outdoor markets in Latin America.  After lunch we’ll return to Antigua to visit an artisan group and the women will teach us how to make our own bracelets.  Dinner on your own. Overnight in Antigua.. (B, L)

Day 6

Breakfast at hotel. Choice of tours in Antigua and lunch on your own as you explore. Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Antigua. (B,D)

Day 7

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Antigua to International Airport in Guatemala City. (B)

Accommodations


 
  • Hotel Eterna Primavera, Antigua

  • Hotel Tolimán, San Lucas Tolimán

  • Hotel la Catedral, Quetzeltenango

  • Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua

Whats included


 

INCLUDED:

  • All transformational exercises facilitated by Lotus Sojourns Founder

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy

  • All meals as listed in the itinerary

  • All ground transportation

  • Entrance fees

  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip

  • Tips for luggage porters and waiters

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfare

  • Domestic airfare

  • Trip Insurance

  • Meals not specified in the itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Fees for passport or immunizations

  • Cost of hospitalization, emergency transportation, or evacuation

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities for guides and staff

General Travel Info


 

TRAVEL DATES

ARRIVE: Sunday, November 10th

DEPART: Saturday, November 16th

PASSPORT & VISA

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not already have a valid passport, please apply now!  

Citizens of the USA, Canada, EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Japan are among those who do not need a visa for tourist visits to Guatemala.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate.  There will be daily activity, including walking and hiking on uneven terrain.  Some optional activities may be more strenuous.

HEALTH

If there is a travelers clinic in your area we recommend visiting well before your departure date in order to insure time for any necessary vaccines based on your specific health history.For additional travel related health information we recommend you go to https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ and navigate to the page for travelers in Guatemala.

MONEY

Guatemala's currency, the quetzal (ket-sahl, abbreviated to Q), has been fairly stable at around Q7.5 = US$1 for years. The quetzal is divided into 100 centavos.

Banks change cash but casas de cambio (currency-exchange offices) are usually quicker and may offer better rates. ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in many hostels and most midrange and above hotels and restaurants.

If you bring US Dollars, bring clean, new bills with no marks or tears issued in the last ten years.

For more detailed information you can visit Lonely Planet.

TRIP INSURANCE

We HIGHLY recommend travel insurance and have partnered with World Nomads.  More information, as well as a link to purchase can be found on the Lotus Sojourns FAQ page.

packing Suggestions


 

PACKING TIPS:

When you prepare to pack for your Sojourn visit our Conscious Products page to find brands we love to support that champion sustainable or fair trade practices. We have also picked out some of our favorite travel clothes and gear to help make packing easy for you.

WEATHER:
The weather in Guatemala in November is very pleasant and mild with daily high temperatures around 72°F, rarely falling below 68°F or exceeding 77°F. Nights near the lake may be slightly cooler.

LUGGAGE WEIGHT ALLOWANCE:

Always check with your airline for their specific luggage requirements.  In general your luggage should consist of one medium-sized suitcase or duffel bag, or carryon, and one small carry-on bag/backpack, and your suitcase must weigh no more than 50 pounds.


apply for a sojourn


 

Click below to submit your application for this Sojourn!

Once your application is reviewed and you have booked your Sojourn you will need to fill out and return the following information:

  • Personal Information Form

  • Booking Conditions Form

  • Copy of Your Flight Information

  • Copy of Issuing Page of Your Passport (This is the photo page.)

Deposit Payment is due to Lotus Sojourns within 24 hours of booking.

Final Payment is due to Lotus Sojourns on or before August 10, 2019.

Note: Please be sure to check out our FAQ’s before registering!