Overview

Please view the itinerary below for full details of this trip.

Itinerary

Day 1:
Arrive Guatemala City, then transfer to Antigua. Overnight in Antigua.

Day 2:
Sunrise shoot in Antigua. Mid-morning we will drive to the Highlands – Visit folk art Church of San Andrés Xecul in the afternoon. Spend the night in Quetzaltenango.

Day 3:
Sunrise shoot at San Andres Xecul. Overnight Huehuetenango.

Day 4:
All day in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, We’ll witness the Day of the Dead preparations at the cemetery. Spend the night in Huehuetenango.

Day 5:
We’ll photograph the amazing horse races in Todos Santos Cuchamatan. We’ll spend the night in Quetzaltenango.

Day 6:
Up and out early for Market day in San Francisco el Alto. In the afternoon we’ll make a visit to the cemetery at Zunil. Spend the night in Quetzaltenango.

Day 7:
Head to Nebaj. Stop at Aguacatan, the source of the San Juan River. Also the most amazing outfits worn by the locals. On to Nebaj. Market starts on Saturday. Overnight Nebaj.

Day 8:
Nebaj Market. Visit small towns in the area such as San Juan Cotzal, the site of many killings during the civil war. Overnight Nebaj.

Day 9:
We’ll go to our lakefront hotel at Lake Atitlan. Spend the night at Lake Atitlán.

Day 10:
Lake Atitlan. Visit lakeside town of San Pedro la Laguna. Overnight Hotel Atitlán.

Day 11:
Return to Antigua. In the afternoon there will be free time to wander and photograph this beautiful colonial town. We’ll spend the night in Antigua.

Day 12: (Nov 8)
Some participants will return home, others will begin the extension with Jeremy.

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4-Day / 3-Night Optional Extension: Tikal & Lake Petén

Prices are not yet available, but will include: Round-trip airfare from Guatemala City to Tikal; 3 nights hotel, all ground transport, local English-speaking guides, entrance fees into Tikal National Park all 3 days, boat ride on Lake Petén, all breakfasts and dinners and one lunch.

Day 12:
This morning, we’ll catch our flight to the incredible Mayan ruins site of Tikal (one hour). On the way from the airport at Flores to Tikal (one hour), we’ll visit beautiful Lago de Petén Itza, and the island town of Flores where we’ll take photos and have lunch. If we have time, we’ll take a boat and photograph the island from the water. We’ll then drive to our hotel (one hour) and go inside the ruins for a sunset shoot. We’ll spend the night at our hotel adjacent to the ruins in Tikal.

Day 13:
We’ll have the whole day to spend in the archeological site at Tikal. Those who want can enter the park to catch the first light hitting the pyramids as the jungle below comes to life. Later in the morning, we’ll have a guided tour of the most important temples and pyramids. Not only will we photograph the pyramids and other ruins, but the numerous animal species that make Tikal their home – birds such as toucans and parrots, wild oscellated turkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and the friendly coatis. Those who want to, can watch the sunset from atop Temple 4 as we listen to howler monkeys and many tropical bird species in the canopy below. We’ll spend the night in Tikal.

Day 14:
We’ll have one last chance to photograph the archeological site at sunrise, and later in the morning. In the afternoon we’ll head back to Flores where we’ll check in for our flight then explore the island town and have dinner there. In the evening we’ll catch our flight back to Guatemala City. We’ll spend the night in Guatemala City.

Day 15: (Nov 11)
Today everyone will be transferred to the airport to catch flights home.