Guatemala Adult Itinerary

.Day 1

Hotel Las Camelias Inn http://www.cameliasinnantigua.com



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Friday: Leave Toronto and meet at Guatemala City International Airport in the early afternoon. You will be picked up and arrive at the hotel late afternoon (Please note that there is a time difference). During the build the group will be staying at Hotel Las Camelias Inn.   Side Note: in the past volunteers from the east coast have enjoyed arriving one day early and therefore are rested when the build begins.

 

*Details subject to change.

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Day 2-6

Sat morning to Wednesday noon: Group will depart for the build site after breakfast at the hotel (45 minute drive). Each day begins with an instructional orientation. Work begins at 9 a.m. with snacks and lunch breaks throughout the day. The children are close by on regular school days; rest assured, their smiles, laughter and boundless warm presence make the work days fly by. At approximately 4:30 p.m., return to the hotel for free time to explore, shop, eat and relax. Take advantage of the many opportunities to immerse yourself in Guatemalan life with cultural activities such as salsa dancing, weaving and taco making lessons. Explore and find your favourite restaurant for dinner with your team mates. (Dinners not included)

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Monday: Participate in a half-day build, returning to the hotel after lunch at the site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to participate in local activities.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to explore Antigua:

  • Casa Santo Domingo Hotel www.casasantodomingo.com.gtdreamstime_s_269131401-IMG_66971286177_12039906Go on walking tours of Antigua or visit local attractions such as the Jade Museum.
  • Discover the cities unique cafés, markets, restaurants, bars
  • Visit Filadelfia Tours, which offers beautiful grounds to walk around, in addition to various excursions including: zip lining, mule rides, mountain biking, birding, trail walking, paint ball, Mercedes Unimog mountain rides, a coffee plantation tour and more.
  • Venture to one of the four volcanoes surrounding Antigua. The most popular trip is to the active volcano, Pacaya. This trip will take you to the crater, and on a lucky day, will give you the opportunity to peak into the swirling pool of lava.

 

Day 6-9 (R&R)

Thursday:  Participate in half-day Melody School build after lunch there will be a farewell gathering with all the children and staff. Return to Antigua and transfer to the beautiful Hotel Porta Antigua http://www.portahotelantigua.com for 3 nights. “At Porta Antigua, we merge the traditions and ambiance of 16th century Antigua with every modern comfort. Our accommodation celebrates the classic colonial architecture, handmade crafts and colorful textiles of Guatemala while seamlessly incorporating the contemporary luxuries today’s traveler seeks.

Thursday – Sunday: You are free to participate in possible group activities (extra cost) such as hiking, biking or going to the spa or spend your free time relaxing around the pool or discovering the beauty of Antigua.

Sunday: Travel to the airport for an early morning flight

 

More About Antigua

1-IMG_5637In 1979, Antigua was designated a UNESCO World Heritage SIte for its well preserved colonial architecture and cultural value. The city is like an open air museum where you will see churches, museums and ruins from the early 1700s. Wander through cobblestone streets with numerous cafes, shops and restaurants, or venture out beyond the city to take guided tours through the mountains and volcanoes that surround the Antigua Valley.

Antigua is the jewel of Guatemala. There is so much to see and do, in town or in the surrounding mountains; you will never be at a loss to create your own unforgettable experiences.

Details and pricing subject to change.