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  1. 1. Amanda Wesneski <br />Guatemala<br />8 days <br />
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  5. 5. Guatemala City <br />Day 1: Welcome to Guatemala City. Here you meet your NETC Tour Director and begin exploring. <br />
  6. 6. Antigua Guatemala <br />Day 2: Visit Antigua, declared by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Humankind.” Begin exploring with a visit to historic monuments, starting at the Main Plaza. Head to the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, famous for its textiles and handcrafts. Then to the village of Santiago Zamora to learn about Maya- Kaqchiquel culture and enjoy a typical lunch prepared by local women artisans. This afternoon, opt to take a tour of a coffee farm and visit the Traditional Mayan Music Museum, Casa K’Ojom, at the Centro Cultural La Azotea<br />
  7. 7. Pacaya Volcano<br />Day 3: Climb the active Pacaya Volcano, one of the 33 in Guatemala. Enjoy views from the top and see where the Lava Rivers have invaded the land. <br />
  8. 8. Chichicastenango Market<br />Day 4: Head to Chichicastenango to shop in the most colorful market in Guatemala. Then visit the Santo Tomas Church, where the Maya- K’iche’ pray to their gods according to the old Maya traditions. <br />
  9. 9. Lake Atitlán <br />Day 5: Hop aboard a boat to the village of San Juan La Laguna and visit Lake Atitlán, which was formed by caldera (collapsed volcanic cone). <br />
  10. 10. Santa Catarina Palopó <br />Day 6: Visit the village of Santa Catarina Palopó, known for the colorful (aqua blue) costume worn by the locals. Then visit the local Guatemalan School. Return to Guatemala City to board a flight to Flores, Petén. <br />
  11. 11. Tikal National Park <br />Day 7: Tour this Mayan city, considered the largest and most monumental of all the sites discovered in the Mayan World. At the end of the day fly back to Guatemala City. <br />
  12. 12. Adiós! <br />Day 8: Return to the United States. <br />
  13. 13. Belize Extension<br />DAY 8-10:Extend your stay with two nights in San Ignacio, Belize.  Enjoy a hike to one of Belize’s premier caves, Che Chem Ha Caves. Continue to Che Chem Ha Falls. This waterfall tumbles 100 feet in the jungle creating a swimming pool at the bottom. The next day visit the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Once there stop at Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. Then drive to Barton Creek Caves. Glide through the remote underground water cave system of Xibalba “she-bal-ba” (Maya for Underworld) in your self-paddled canoe. <br />
  14. 14. Antigua Spanish Language Study <br />8 days<br />
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  17. 17. Welcome To Antigua! <br />Day 1: Depart the USA on Sunday and arrive in Guatemala City. Transfer to Antigua and meet your host family. All the host families live within walking distance of the school and offer full room and board. <br />
  18. 18. Museo del Café<br />Day 2: Attend morning and early afternoon language classes at the language school. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to Museo del Café. Overnight with host families. <br />
  19. 19. San Antonio <br />Day 3: Attend morning and early afternoon language class at the language school. In the afternoon you will visit a Macadamia Nut Farm and the village of San Antonio. Overnight with host families. <br />
  20. 20. Antigua’s Colonial Past<br />Day 4: Attend morning and early afternoon language class at the language school. During afternoon class each teacher-student combination will do a walking tour of Antigua's colonial past. Overnight with host families. <br />
  21. 21. Exploring Day! <br />Day 5: Attend morning and early afternoon language class at the language school. The afternoon is free to explore the sites of Antigua. Overnight with host families. <br />
  22. 22. Cuidad Vieja<br />Day 6: Attend morning and early afternoon language class at the language school. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Ciudad Vieja, the site where the second capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala was founded. In 1541, it was destroyed by volcanic eruptions that engulfed the town. The original church was excavated intact. Overnight with host families. <br />
  23. 23. Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlán <br />Day 7: Today there is a full day excursion to Chichicastenango and Panajachel. Chichicastenango, located at a higher elevation, is famous for unique indigenous religious ceremonies and the largest open-air market in Central America. Continue to Panajachel in the shores of the beautiful and scenic Lake Atitlan, which is dramatically surrounded by three volcanoes. Overnight with host families. <br />
  24. 24. Adiós!<br />Day 8: Transfer to the airport in Guatemala City for your flight back to the USA. <br />

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