Guatemala

Land & Spirit

A 7-Day Adventure For Adults

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Duration
7 Days
Description

Explore the convergence of ancient and modern lifestyles: investigate Mayan arts and culture, live with local families, and practice Spanish while basking in Guatemala’s patchworked landscapes.

Dates

Oct 31 - Nov 6, 2021


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

Open

Begins In

59 Weeks

Tuition

$3,100


Estimated Flight Cost

$800

Lake Atitlan

Antigua

San Juan Cotzal

Program Overview

GUATEMALA OFFERS US AN OPPORTUNITY TO QUESTION OUR IDEAS ABOUT IMPERIALISM, INDIGENOUS IDENTITY, AND THE VALUE OF TRADITION.


Unique to Central America, the majority of Guatemala’s population is indigenous. The country thus offers an especially rich context to explore the crossroads of traditional wisdom and ideas of development and progress. Against a backdrop of rolling green mountains and an azure lake, we explore the ways in which Mayan communities maintain traditional ways of life while adapting to an increasingly globalized world.

Program Highlights
  • Stay with a family of Maya descent in a rural community alongside the stunning  Lake Atitlan.
  • Weave and paint alongside local artisans while learning about the intersection of history and Maya artistic traditions.
  • Delve into ancient spiritual traditions with Mayan priests.
  • Learn about sustainable agricultural practices and the local’s  relationship to plants at the Meseoamerican Permaculture Institute (IMAP).
  • Meander through Chichicastenango, the largest market in Central America. The market is also a fascinating example of how spiritual traditions survived under colonial rule.
Sample Itinerary