Guatemala is a small exotic country in Central America with a diverse geography that includes 33 volcanoes, highland areas, cloud forest, rainforest, and even desert. Guatemala has a unique culture with a large indigenous Mayan population still living much as they have for hundreds of years and with many traditions and beliefs dating back to ancient times. There are 23 different Maya languages spoken in Guatemala. Every village has its own distinctive textile, using colors and symbols particular to their region.
- Experience two World Heritage sites, “irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration” – Tikal National Park, one of the major sites of Mayan civilization, and Antigua, a colonial city
- Participate in colonial history tours, visit colorful indigenous markets, and explore Mayan ruins
- Enjoy a tranquil boat ride across Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
- Tour local coffee farms to learn about their history and operations, supported by As Green As It Gets
- Provide community services such as helping out at a local school or orphanage, or with construction of houses for locals
Guatemala offers visitors a unique cultural experience as well as access to some stunning scenery and the world’s most important Mayan archaeology sites. You will enjoy interaction with local people in coffee farms, local markets, and during community service experiences.
Guests can experience a Friendship Bridge meeting. Friendship Bridge is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides micro credit and educational programs so women and their families can create their own solutions to poverty. Friendship Bridge blends the short-term economic needs of women through access to credit and education, and the long-term goal of breaking the generational cycle of poverty.
Locally owned hotels; standard, mid-range or high end, according to needs and budget. Homestays available in some areas when suitable.
Best Time to Go:
November − April
8 days; itineraries and length of trip can be customized to meet specific needs.
- Economic benefit to destination communities
- Local guides
- Locally owned hotels
- Interaction with and support of sustainable organizations such as GAIS, the Casasito Assn., Friendship Bridge Micro Credit Union, Viaventure Foundation
- Locally owned hotels
- Conservation of natural resources
- Carbon offsets for domestic flights and transfers