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Day of the Dead - Guatemala: October 28 - November 8, 2018

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Itinerary
Day 1:
(Oct 28)

Arrive Guatemala City, then transfer to Antigua. Overnight Convento Santa Catalina.

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. Overnight Quetzaltenango.

Day 3:

Sunrise shoot at San Andres Xecul. Overnight Huehuetenango.

Day 4:

All day in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Day of the Dead preparations at the cemetery. Overnight Huehuetenango.

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Day 5:

Todos Santos Horse Race. Overnight Quetzaltenango.

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Day 6:

Market day in San Francisco el Alto. Afternoon visit to the cemetery at Zunil. Overnight Quetzaltenango.

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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.

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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.

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Day 9:

Return to Atitlán. Overnight Hotel Atitlán.

Day 10:

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

Day 11:

Return to Antigua. Overnight Convento Santa Catalina.

Day 12:

Some participants will return home, others will begin the extension with Jeremy.

Or.............. 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT OPTIONAL EXTENSION

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

Prices are not yet available, but will include:

Roundtrip 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, one lunch

Day 12:

In the 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:

Transfer to the airport for flights home.


Leaders

Jeremy Woodhouse

Jeremy Woodhouse

As the owner of Pixelchrome, Inc Jeremy has enjoyed a roller coaster ride pursuing the American Dream. Since his early days as a graphic designer, his dream was to become a stock photographer. Riding the wave of the internet revolution in the mid 90s, he got involved with Getty Images and went on to build a successful business traveling the world and taking stock pictures. By 2005, he had started collaborating with nature photographer Nancy Rotenberg, and was instrumental in setting up frequent international trips to Italy and to Mexico. He went on to lead trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica.

As the developer of the Dreamteam photo tour concept, recent collaborations have included tours to Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia with co-leaders Nevada Wier, Brenda Tharp, photojournalist Alison Wright and Guatemalan-born Holly Wilmeth.  The years 2013 and 2014 were his busiest years so far with 25 completed international trips and 2015 is proving to be the same with sold out tours for most of the year.  Jeremy used to describe himself as a nature and outdoor photographer, but since necessity is the mother of invention, he has re-branded himself several times over the past decade. He has travelled widely photographing many of the world's most important city skylines. In 2006 he became part-owner of a Lifestyle Stock Photography Company, Blend Images, and now he is indulging his passion of photographing people in developing nations.  At least once a year he makes a nature trip and that is usually with a group to photograph wildlife in the wintery wilds of Japan.

Jeremy's photos have appeared in print all  over the world. He has received numerous international awards in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, and he was overall winner of the 2002 Nature's Best International Photography Awards. His images have been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, and the Natural History Museum in London. His website is www.pixelchrome.com


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Cost does not include: international flights, passport & visas fees, travel insurance, vaccinations and medical cover/treatment, meals not specified, tips to guides, drivers and bellboys, and personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages/snacks, internet access fees, laundry fees, etc.

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A deposit of $800 per person is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

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On cancellations more than 120 days prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a $275 administrative fee.

  • Less than 120 but at least 90 days prior, total deposit amount is forfeited.
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  • Less than 75 days prior to departure, 100% is forfeited.

Notification by phone or email is acceptable, but please follow with written notice. In the unlikely event we have to cancel a tour, a full refund will be given.

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Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC and their agents act only in the capacity as agents in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, and transportation, and are not responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or injury to person or property resulting from a defect in any vehicle, or the actions of any persons who provide services for this tour or for the action or inaction of any third party. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The tour operator reserves the right to withdraw the tour at any time, to decline any person as a member of the tour for any cause at any time. All prices are based on current rates of exchange and, while every effort will be made to hold them firm, they are subject to change. All participants are required to submit a signed Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form prior to the tour’s departure.

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Itinerary

While Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, ocean or trail conditions, government restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. The tour leader has the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever in his sole judgment conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort or safety of the tour.

Country Info

Guatemala

Guatemala

Health Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the infectious diseases section of the World Health Organization (WHO) website.    To see whether this country is currently affected by Malaria click here.  The WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

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Internet Access:  Internet connections are widely available to travelers in Guatemala; all the big cities have a choice of cybercafés, and even remote locations usually have at least one. 

Electricity in Guatemala: Converters & Adapters Required

Visa ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: A valid U.S. passport is required for all U.S. citizens to enter Guatemala and to depart Guatemala for return to the United States, regardless of age. Even if dual nationals are permitted to enter Guatemala on a second nationality passport, U.S. citizens returning to the United States from Guatemala are not allowed to board their flights without a valid U.S. passport. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, driver's licenses, and photocopies are not accepted by Guatemalan authorities as alternative travel documents. While in Guatemala, U.S. citizens should carry a photocopy of their passports with them at all times due to the high rate of passport theft and leave the original passport in a safe place.

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Testimonials

We take pride in our trip testimonials. We hope you’ll take a moment to read those below written by previous participants of a Japan photo tour led by the same guide (J. Woodhouse). 

 

"Our trip to Japan with Jeremy as our guide/advisor to see the Snow Monkeys on Honshu and the Sea Eagles in Hokkaido was really great. Everything was organized and the whole trip went exactly as planned. We still have lots of great memories of the time we spent with him. My wife was not into photography but wanted to come just to see everything — she loved it all too. We both highly recommend this journey with Jeremy as great adventure with lots of fun."  -Glenn & Reimin B.

  

"I’ve traveled with Jeremy numerous times and always with great pleasure. His winter trip to Japan is so special that I’ve gone with him twice. I would not have thought of Japan as a location for bird photography but it is spectacular. And that’s not all; the scenery is lovely and of course there are the monkeys. This is a trip not to be missed!"  -Sandy F. 

 

"Jeremy knows the areas he takes people to like the back of his hand. When we were in Japan he had us at the perfect locations at the perfect times! He is such an experienced tour leader that nothing fazes him and he is proactive in creating the best photography opportunities. I have seen him go above and beyond to meet his clients needs many times! On top of that he genuinely cares for the people, culture and wildlife of the areas he takes people to, and would do anything to help improve their quality of life. Jeremy is an inspiration to travel with on many levels!" -Daniel L.

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