This trip is predominately for people who have experienced our previous learning trips. Learn about the ancient Maya while experiencing the every day life of the indigenous peoples of Guatemala through Sharing the Dream. The trip begins by flying in to Belize and ends by flying out of Guatemala City. We will travel from Belize to Tikal, one of the most magnificent of the Mayan sites towering above the rainforest. After spending the day exploring the ruins, we will travel to San Jose, located on beautiful Lake Peten Itza. In San Jose, we will visit Asociación Bio Itza, a project dedicated to reforestation of the Bio Itza Forest, and also visit several wood groups who partner with Sharing the Dream.
The adventure continues on day 4 as we travel to the Rio Dulce after visiting an animal refuge and rehabilitation project in Flores. On Day 5, we will travel by boat through the spectacular Rio Dulce Gorge, which has stunning tropical scenery and exceptional bird life. We will make a stop at Casa Guatemala to see the children's home and clinic that Sharing the Dream helps to support. We will then continue on to the Carribean coast, where we will enjoy the distinct food of the Garifuna culture while gazing out at the beautiful blue water. Day 6 will be a free day with our stay on the Rio Dulce to kayak, explore the region, or to relax by the water.
Continuing the experience on day 7, we will travel to Chiquimula and try our hand at weaving a plam basket while visiting with the women of Amasaja. Our travels on Day 8 will take us through the Dry Corridor, where we will see cattle ranches and the deforestation of this important region before arriving in Guatemala City. Wrapping up the trip on day 9, you will travel back to your homes with an appreciation of Guatemala past and present.
Trip cost: $2000 plus airfare. $300 non-refundable deposit. For more information about this trip, please email Lauren at email@example.com
Learning Trip to Guatemala with Director Diane Nesselhuf February 2-11, 2020
Sharing the Dream's philosophy is that we travel to Guatemala to be with the people instead of do for the people. We believe it is important to understand that we are on equal terms with them.
The Guatemalan people are very kind, respectful people who have built a relationship with the Sharing the Dream staff and have taught us a lot over the years. Throughout the trip you will have the opportunity to listen to their hopes and dreams and learn about their vibrant culture. We will be welcomed into their homes to learn how they make their beautiful crafts and about their work with Sharing the Dream.
If you are interested in this trip, please contact Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trip cost is $1500 plus airfare. A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your trip spot.
Artisan Wares and Gastronomy trip to Guatemala June 15-24, 2020
The Guatemalan cuisine has evolved from Maya, Latin America, and western traditions and features complex flavors and fresh ingredients. Experience for yourself the delight of simple dishes made with locally grown ingredients. As we prepare these typical meals, we will experience shopping at the local market and the hustle and bustle of Guatemalan families purchasing their ingredients for daily meals.
Sharing the Dream works with many talented artisans. As part of this remarkable ten day trip, the participants will learn about and participate in workshops on backstrap weaving, ceramics, basketry, and beading. Artesanos, as the artisans are known locally, have learned their unique techniques from past generations, and they are very much a part of the Maya culture. Some of these crafts pre-date the arrival of the Spanish. To take part in this unique experience, please contact Lauren at email@example.com. Trip cost is $1500 plus airfare. To reserve a spot, a $300 non-refundable deposit is required.
Photo credit: Anna Watts
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