"Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."
This trip is rated at 1-2 physically. You can choose how much you want to walk or not. There is some walking on cobblestone streets. There's lots of options to hike further and longer for those wanting more action.
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP GUATEMALA AGENDA
October 30 - pick up from airport - Meet and Greet in Antigua. Dinner together.
Oct. 31-ANTIGUA a small trip in a vehicle overlooking the city. Talk photography and equipment for shooting. Day of the Dead Celebration
November 1 All Saint's Day Early morning we travel by vehicle a few miles to the Grand Colorful Kites Festival to enjoy, photography and eat locally delicious food.
November 2 - Lake region highlands and volcanoes for great photography at a hotel with natural hot tub from the volcanic springs.
November 3 - Lake region highlands other side of lake-option to visit Mayan Shaman and small village by boat
November 4 continue Highland Lake Atilan Region adventure
November 5 Travel to Youth Ranch with 1 hour stop at Mayan Market and Mayan church. We arrive afternoon at Las Sierras de los Cuchumatanes with Youth Ranch kids.
November 6 - Stay with kids in Huehuetanagno visit local areas of the Mam Mayan and landscapes.
November 7 - Colonial town of Antigua.
November 8 Leave to airport for Home Flights.
***Option to Tikal November 8 - a night in Guatemala City where we will visit a some local attractions with local NGO friends.
Morning flight to Tikal jungle on November 9.
November 9 -We will stay in the park of Tikal at a lodge. There are howler monkeys and other animals that make staying within the park worth the extra expense. This give us the opportunity to photograph the ruins at night.
November 10- a night in the colorful town of Flores and a visit to the island Itza. The Itza language struggles to survive but anthropologist, William L. Fash is working to keep the language viable.
November 11- fly back to Guatemala City together for our home flights. Option to stay overnight or fly back the same evening.
" This trip was life changing for me. I recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see Guatemala as a traveler not a tourist and learn to be a better storyteller with a camera. " K.H.
Does your gypsy fire inside yearn to travel? Does someplace challenging, unique, culturally interesting intrigue you? Would you like to photograph volcanoes, people, help at a parentless teen ranch of lost boys and even photograph THE GIANT KITE FESTIVAL?
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We kickstart this trip with the Giant kite Festival on All Saints Day after our evening of meet and greet and a day in the cobblestone town of Antigua.
Guatemala October 30- November 8 travel photography workshop. We just added an extra day onto this trip in order to visit the teens at the ranch a full day.
This trip is limited to 8 participants. We limit this workshop to a small number as it enables us to move with flexibility and work as a team. This workshop is led by Sherrlyn Borkgren.
Cost $2600 includes all hotels (double occupancy), 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, and 2 dinners, road transportation in Guatemala and pickup from the airport. Does not include airfare, tips, drinks or anything beyond what is mentioned here. Food and drinks are cheap in Guatemala and can range from $2. to $12. depending on what you want to order.
***Early Bird Special Fare available Previous Traveler Fare Available- just ask.
TIKAL Ruins Add on- if you are interested in going to Tikal Ruins and the nearby town of Flores the day after this trip, write to let me know. We'll fly from Guatemala City to stay one night in the colorful town of Flores. We'll stay night 2 in the jungle at a lodge where the animals are free to roam and we can be inside the park at night for photography. We'll also take a boat over to visit the Itza speaking people. The interest is to visit the few remaining speakers of the Itza language before it disappears. Plan on 3 extra days and a night in Guatemala City where we will visit a local speakeasy before heading out.
Our purpose it to produce incredible photography, to practice goodwill towards all, and to encourage laughter on our planet.
Experience the heartbeat of the culture and grasp the endless opportunities to photograph in highland Mayan Guatemala, volcano-encircled lakes and a historic city with its European and indigenous roots.
Cameras- A digital 35mm camera with either a fixed lens or a changeable lens works. Sherrlyn mainly shoots with a Canon 7D and iphone 7, but has also been seen to be toting a Sony and an Olympus XA in hand as well. However, Laughing Planet photography workshop isn't about cameras or equipment. Our emphasis centers on shooting amazing landscapes, people, architecture, and engaging goodwill with those we meet.
There will be some assignments which you will enjoy and are meant to be fun. We will assign certain nights for open critiques. You will have the opportunity to share your images during these evenings and talk about your experiences. No matter what level you are at, you'll leave with stronger images with many stories to tell.
Experience the past, present and the future, walk amongst the ancient cathedrals, hear the ancient Mayan languages spoken throughout Guatemala. There are 22 Mayan languages spoken throughout the country but 3 popular languages in the highlands are Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil and K'iche'.
Weather- We will visit after the rainy season. It might be 75 F in midday and a pleasant 60F at night. It is really the land of eternal spring.
TRAVEL ATTITUDE - Traveling responsibly encourages us to engage with all types of people, to learn about how some values from our own past history are still here and other values are unique to a very different culture. Openness will always be extended to those who seek ways to encourage laughter, understanding and goodwill.
Free Time-We travel to many beautiful places on this trip but we also try to make free time for everyone. Mornings and evenings we'll take advantage of the magic light that falls on Guatemala for photographing.
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Cost $2600. for 9 (Now 1 extra day added on us so it's 10 days) days of photography instruction and photo travel, in-country transportation, all hotels (double occupancy) we'll match solo travelers, trip to the Youth Ranch, trip to Kite Festival. Trip to the lake. We'll have 2 lunches with a Guatemalan family during our stay in Antigua. Breakfasts included at Youth Ranch. Lunch and dinner are approximately $5.
You will be picked up at the airport in Guatemala City and brought to our reserved hotel in Antigua for our first day of meet and greet and our first evening dinner. We stay October 30 to November 2 at one hotel before we travel onward.
Write to Sherrlyn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see some of Sherrlyn Borkgren's journalism work here http://www.borkgrenphoto.net