Langara: Guatemala Photography Tour

Travel to the Edge of the World

Langara: Guatemala Photography Tour

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$2,225.00

Guatemala is Central America’s most diverse country which offers landscapes and experiences that have been beguiling travellers for centuries. This 9-day custom tour of Guatemala is sure to captivate the visitor. Guatemala is a visually stunning country with its dramatic, volcano-studded landscapes, charming Maya villages, and historical colonial cities with cobblestone streets. This tour is led by Langara College Photography instructor and professional photographer Wayne Kaulbach (also tour leader for Langara’s India Photography Tours). Please note that photographers and non-photographers are both welcome on this tour.

Dates: November 11-19, 2017Langara College

Description

Highlights Include:

    • Learning about photography techniques with award-winning photographer, Wayne Kaulbach
    • Sampling wonderful Guatemalan cuisine and participating in a cooking class
    • Wandering around Central America’s largest and most vibrant market in Chichicastenango
    • Exploring Antigua’s captivating cobbled streets
    • Visiting charming Maya villages surrounding Lake Atitlan
    • Admiring the picturesque volcanoes surrounding Antigua and Lake Atitlan

Day 1 – Arrival Antigua
Bienvenidos a Guatemala! You will be met at the airport and transferred to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua which is nestled in the central highlands.

Spanning a mountainous slice of Central America, Guatemala is loaded with incredible natural, historical and cultural appeal. As the birthplace and heartland of the ancient Maya, the country is in many ways defined by the legacy of this early civilization. Their rainforest cities were abandoned centuries ago, but Maya people continue to thrive in the Guatemalan highlands, where traditions and religious rituals, mingled with Catholic practices, form the richest and most distinctive indigenous identity in the hemisphere. Enjoy your afternoon exploring the photogenic streets of Antigua. Antigua’s setting is gorgeous at an elevation of 1500m, nestled between three volcanoes: Agua (3766m), Fuego (3763m) and Acatenango (3976m). Its myriad of streetscapes – with sprays of bougainvillea bursting from crumbling ruins and pastel facades under terracotta roofs – offer photo opportunities at every turn.
Overnight in Antigua

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: -/-/-

Day 2 – Antigua Walking Tour

After breakfast, don’t forget your cameras as your guide will meet you at the lobby to start your walking tour. A former capital, the city boasts an impressive showcase of colonial relics in a spectacular setting. Streetscapes of pastel facades unfold beneath three volcanoes. Many old ecclesiastical and civic buildings are beautifully renovated, while others retain tumbledown charm.

Antigua is among the world’s best conserved colonial cities in the Americas. It is a magical and captivating small town that makes you feel time might have stopped 300 years ago. A few things you will find are art galleries and exhibits, coffee shops, amazing cuisine, cute little bars and much more.

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: B/-/-

Day 3 – Antigua Photography Day
Today is a day dedicated solely to photography. You’ll have the chance to walk around the colonial buildings of Antigua and interact with the locals.

Optional Activity (additional cost): Visit a local Antigua Coffee Farm and wander through the farm amongst the coffee bushes and shade trees. Antigua is famous for growing one of the best coffees in Central America. Enjoy the scenery and the unique insight to a real coffee hacienda. This tour will get you up close and personal with the whole coffee making process, experiencing the smells, the sights and the flavour of one of the Guatemala’s most famous exports – from seed to cup.

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: B/-/-

Day 4 – Niños de Guatemala Tour

Today we start the tour with transfer from Antigua to nearby Ciudad Vieja. Founded in 1527, it met its demise 14 years later when Volcán Agua let loose a flood of water that had been penned up in its crater. The water swallowed the town with tons of rock and mud, leaving only the ruins of La Concepción church.

Here you’ll visit a “chicken bus” refurbishing shop. We continue with a visit to a family owned coffin carpentry workshop.

Last visit of the day will be to the Nuestro Futuro school run by an Non-profit Organization. For every ten children who enter the Guatemalan school system, only four graduate from primary school, one of the lowest completion rates in the Western hemisphere. Nuestro Futuro opened in 2009 in Ciudad Vieja, in partnership with the local community is a success story on how a little help goes a long way. Transfer back to Antigua.

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: B/-/-

Day 5 – Iximche with Mayan Ceremony & Travel to Lake Atitlan

Although volcanic activity has been going on for millions of years, today’s landscape has its origins in the massive eruption of 85 000 years ago, which blew ash as far away as Florida and Panama. Fertile hills dot the landscape, and over everything loom the volcanoes, permeating the entire area with a mysterious beauty. With the sun, mist, rain, and clouds…it never looks the same twice. It is very easy to realize why so many people fall in love with this area.

After breakfast you will be transfered to Iximche, a pre-Columbian Mayan site in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. It was the capital of the Late Preclassic Kaqchikel kingdom from 1470 until its abandonment in 1524 with the Spaniards arrival. You will enjoy a traditional Mayan Ceremony, held for reasons such as gratitude and respect, agriculture, religion, and soul purification.

The first step of preparation of the Fire Ceremony is the creation of the altar, which is laid out in the shape of the ancient hieroglyph of the day sign Q’anil. Sugar is the most often used to draw the altar symbol, and is then decorated with different offerings. After Mayan Ceremony you will be transfer to local restaurant at Tecpan near Iximche for lunch.

Overnight: Lake Atitlan
Meals: B/-/-

Day 6 – Boat trip Around Lake Atitlan

After breakfast you depart for a boat trip around beautiful Lake Atitlan soaking in the stunning views along the way. During the trip you will visit the charming, colourful Maya villages of San Juan, San Pedro, San Marcos and Santiago.

Overnight: Lake Atitlan
Meals: B/-/-

Day 7 – Chichicastenango Market & Return to Antigua

Early this morning travel to Chichicastenango, the largest indigenous market in Central American (open on Thursdays and Sundays only). Surrounded by valleys with mountains punctuating the horizons, Chichicastenango can seem isolated in time and space from the rest of Guatemala. When its narrow cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs are enveloped in mist, it’s downright magical. The sounds, smells, and brilliant colours of the market are incredible to experience.

This market is a photographer’s dream – vibrantly coloured textiles, exotic fruits and vegetables, and friendly faces.

In the afternoon, transfer to Antigua Guatemala.

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: B/-/-

Day 8 – Antigua Free Morning & Cooking Class

This morning we travel back to beautiful Antigua. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the amazing coffee shops, boutiques, museums, and cobble streets of Antigua before our final dinner together.

Overnight: Antigua
Meals: B/-/D

Day 9 – Departure Day or Extend Your Trip!

After breakfast, transfer to the La Aurora International Airport for your flights.

OR
Extend your trip to – Tikal or the beaches of Belize!

Meals: B/-/-

Wayne Kaulbach MPA F/PPABC, received his Masters Of Photographic Arts in 2004 and his Fellowship in 2006. Along with his wife Michelle Fleming, they have owned and operated Skylight Images, a multi-award winning photographic service specializing in natural light portraiture, in Vancouver since 1995. Along with teaching travel and street photography through Langara’s Continuing Studies program for seven years, Wayne is also an ongoing contributor to Photo Life Magazine and a passionate travel and street photographer. Langara’s India Photography Tour in 2016 was the most recent tour led by Wayne. Having travelled extensively around the world, Wayne is eager to continue to share his knowledge along with his love of travel and street photography through his upcoming 2017 Guatemala Photography Tour.

Check out Wayne’s work on his website: www.wkaulbach.com/

Wayne Kaulbach - Guatemala Photography Tour

Tour Inclusions:

    • 8 nights in 4* star accommodations based on double occupancy
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Local transportation (private vehicles)
    • Excursions and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
    • Local guides (where applicable)

    Tour Exclusions:
    • International Flights (can be arranged through us nicola@finisterra.ca)
    • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (can be arranged through us
    nicola@finisterra.ca)
    • Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary
    • Items of personal nature
    • Services and entrances not mentioned above
    • Passport and visa fees
    • Tips/Gratuities for tour guides, drivers, etc.

Date: Available upon request

from $2995 CAD per person based on double/twin occupancy
$675CAD Single Supplement (Limited Availability)

Costs and Fee Schedule

Prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement fee applies.
Deposit is $650 and is due at time of registration (full payment due for bookings within 3 months prior to departure). Payment non-refundable. Balance payment is due 3 months prior to departure.
Final Payment
Full payment is due 90 prior to departure.

Registration Procedures

Apply early to avoid disappointment
Fill out an Application for Registration Form (PDF)

Submit a deposit for $650 (full payment due for bookings within three months prior to departure)

Cheque made payable to Langara College Continuing Studies.
Payment by Credit Card, please call 604.323.5979.

Submit the above to:Janinah Jansen, Program Coordinator, Educational Travel
Langara College, Continuing Studies
100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver BC V5Y 2Z6

Air Travel
Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details info@finisterra.ca

Important Information

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants.Cancellation, Travel, Flight and Health insurances are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage.

Check with your local travel agent /insurance provider/health plan for advice about traveling overseas. All participants will be required to sign a release form prior to departure which allows Langara College, Instructors, Staff, Tour Leaders and Contract Services Employees to be free of liability with respect to this Travel Program.Program itinerary and dates are tentative.

Program costs are based on a minimum number of participants and are subject to change without notice. Single supplement will apply to single travelers (unless a participant opts in for room share and a roommate is found. this cannot be guaranteed). Langara College reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure without penalty or liability.

Passport Information
Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

Sample Hotels*:

Antigua: El Meson de Maria
Lake Atitlan: Hotel Atitlan
*Please note that hotels are just samples and are subject to change and availability.

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