LEAF International Cultural Expedition - Guatemala 
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LIGuatConcertAboveAllJPwpExpedition: LEAF International: Guatemala
Dates: Friday, January 20 – Wednesday January 25, 2017
Price: $835 (Land Only)
Quote valid until: 
Nov. 30, 2016 while spaces remain
$300 Deposit Due:  Upon Registration
Remaining Balance due:  Dec. 31, 2016
 
Minimum and Maximum Number of Participants: A minimum of 8 travelers is required to operate this trip, and the trip will be capped at a maximum of 15 travelers.  Should the trip be cancelled for lack of sign-ups, deposit and all monies paid will be refunded.

Receipt of deposit and registration prior to the registration deadline will confirm space and contracted price. After this date, contracted pricing may change due to increase in costs associated with airfare, lodging, or other associated costs. Please contact Discovery Expeditions for updated pricing if contract has expired. Contracted prices are based on a limit of 15 travelers.  Click below to register and save your spot.  For more details of the vision for the trip, the itinerary, and what is included in the trip price, read below.


LEAF International: Guatemala Expedition Overview

LEAF and Discovery Expeditions are partnering to offer members of the LEAF community the opportunity visit LEAF International programs with indigenous communities in Guatemala serving over 165 students since 2007. Your participation in this trip will raise both awareness and funds in support of LI’s programs, and while taking on the role of a “LEAF Ambassador” you and your fellow travelers will be fulfilling LEAF’s goal of “connecting cultures and creating community through music and arts.”

As you might imagine as a LEAF festival-goer, this trip is not your typical package tour that you’ll find on the internet. You’ll spend more time among the local communities than you will on the lake or volcanoes (though we’ve built those stops in as well). And while we won’t be camping like at LEAF, lodging will be rustic and unique, and you should look forward to the shared amenities (rooms, bunks, bathrooms & meals) as opportunities for community with your fellow LEAF travelers. We also plan to spend a few nights with local host families. Couples and families are welcome, though private lodging cannot be guaranteed. We also realize traveling with a group on a schedule can make it hard to create more intimate cultural engagement, so where possible, we’ve build in flexible time to explore on your own. While this is not a mission or service trip, this expedition does overlap with one of LEAF’s partner organizations “Build Lightly” who will be finishing up building a new classroom for the music students at CEDIN school in El Tejar. Just by participating in this trip, you will be supporting this LEAF International program both financially and culturally.

To learn more about LEAF International’s programs and get a better idea of who you’ll be supporting and what you’ll see and do, visit their program pages online: http://www.theleaf.org/guatemala/


LEAF International: Guatemala Itinerary 2017

NOTE: Details below are subject to adaptation as more specifics are worked out on the ground.

The price of this trip is LAND only, meaning it is the responsibility of each registered traveler to arrange their own air transportation to Guatemala City from the airport and airline of their choice. Airport shuttle and first nights lodging in Antigua will be arranged for you; you only have to get yourself to the GUA airport by the evening of January 20th. The trip officially ends on January 25th. Anyone is welcome to choose flights to extend their visit before or after the dates of the LI trip, and travel on their own to experience more of the region.

LIGuatAntiquaArchDay 1: (Friday, January 20th) Flight to Guatemala City

Travel on own to GUA La Aurora Int’l Airport. Meet your pre-arranged shuttle to Antigua. Check-in and free time to explore. Rendezvous with the rest of the LEAF Ambassador team, hike up to Cerro de la Cruz overlook and enjoy a welcome dinner after.

Lodging: Hotel Casa Antigua http://www.hotelcasa-antigua.com/ (3 nights lodging, estimate – to be determined by availability of host families later in the week)

Day 2: (Saturday, January 21st) Antgua and El Tejar

Morning free time in Antigua. Afternoon: attend dedication celebrations for new music classroom built by “Build Lightly” volunteers at CEDIN school in El Tejar.

Day 3: (Sunday, January 22nd) Day Trip: Chichicastenango and Lago Atitlan

Take an all day trip west to the famous indigenous market in the highlands town of Chichicastenango. Make a stop at the stunning Atitlan Lake and lakeside village of Panajachel. Return to Antigua.

LIGuatCinthiaTeachesRecordersDay 4: (Monday, January 23rd) CEDIN School, El Tejar

Visit LEAF International programs and music classes in action at the CEDIN school. http://child-aid.org/cedin-makes-a-difference/

Begin host family stays with parents of the students (To be determined. Likely it will be 2 nights)

Day 4: (Tuesday, January 24th) CEDIN School, El Tejar

Free time with host families. More music classes and programs in El Tejar.

Day 6: (Wednesday, January 25th) Fly Home

Depending on your return flight time, a shuttle to GUA will be arranged for you directly from your host family stay. If you have extended your return flight date, now will begin your independent exploration of Guatemala.

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Trip Inclusions & Exclusions:

Discovery Expeditions agrees to provide each of the following goods and services for the duration of the tour to each participant traveling with LEAF International:

  • Professional General Liability and Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy ($5,000,000)
  • Private bus transportation to and from GUA airport, and between activities as listed on the itinerary.
  • Accommodations in shared facilities on site (5 nights total) – depending host family availability, 3 nights in Hotel Casa Antigua and 2 nights with host families
  • Custom designed itinerary
  • Demonstrations and from LEAF International teaching artists and students
  • Opportunities for free time in Antigua and El Tejar.
  • LEAF International staff escort / leader
  • All meals eaten as a group, excluding meals on your own.
  • All taxes
  • All gratuities (tour leader and driver included)
  • Complete tour participant accounting including option to pay by credit card
  • Optional Comprehensive Accident, Medical, Liability, and Travel Protection/Cancellation/Interruption Insurance for the Land portion of the trip

Not included in the trip price:

  • Airfare and baggage fees (to be purchased at the discretion and responsibility of each participant)
  • Various meals or drinks listed as “on own” in the itinerary when the group is dispersed for self-exploration
  • Additional nights lodging or any additional days if one chooses to remain in country longer.

 

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