Guatemala Young Adult Itinerary

 

1 1476430_10151874117813785_914054056_n-2Day 1

Leave Toronto and meet at Guatemala City International Airport in the early afternoon to be picked up and taken to a local hostel, which we will call home for the next week. During the build, the group will be staying at one of the following possible accommodations: El Hostel or Hostal Antigueno.

Arrive at the hotel around 4 p.m. (Please note that there is a time difference). Afternoon free for travellers to explore Antigua. Group will join for dinner later in the evening at a local restaurant.

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Day 2-6

Group will depart for the build site after breakfast (30-45 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 explore Antigua:

  • dreamstime_s_26913140Cafés, markets, restaurants, bars, salsa dancing
  • Canopy zip lining
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse back riding

zipliningDay 4

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 (additional cost).

Day 7

Participate in half-day Melody School build, followed by a farewell gathering with all the children and staff.

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Day 7 (R&R)

Thursday afternoon and night get ready for an amazing 48 hours. The group will participate in an overnight excursion to camp on the crater’s edge of Pacaya Volcano. There will be an easy hike to the top where we will enjoy dinner and breakfast. There is no better place to watch the sun set and rise and hopefully toast some marshmallows on some of the “hot” spots.

Day 8

After descending the volcano we will be taken on another overnight excursion to Lake Atitlan. We will stop for a picnic lunch during the 2.5 hour drive. Once we arrive in Panajachel we will catch a boat to Jaibalito, and the beautiful cliffside hotel Casa del Mundo. As it is perched on a cliff it affords lake front access alongside wonderful vantage points to appreciate the lake’s volcanic backdrop.  You will be free to rest in the hammock, swim in the lake and enjoy another beautiful sunset.  Family style dinner is included served at 6:30.

1094600_61332897atitlanDay 9

After a hearty breakfast served around 8:00, we will gather our swimsuits, hiking shoes and sunscreen.  We then paddle westward for 1 1/2 -2 hours past small towns and villages perched high on the steep sides of sheer ridges that rise right out of the waters of Lake Atitlan.  We then trade in our kayaks for our daypacks and hiking shoes. After climbing out of town, we head back along the ridge we paddled by.  Lunch will be waiting for us upon our return to Casa del Mundo.  We will say our goodbyes, hop in the boat, return to our bus and arrive back at our hostel in Antigua around 6:00.  You will then have the night to yourself.

Day 10

After breakfast board the bus to return to the airport.

Details and pricing are subject to change.