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New Guatemala Trip October 30, 2017

The upcoming trip to Guatemala is in the process of planning for the 30 of October to November 7. There is an option to add on a 3 day Tikal ruins visit at the end of the trip. If you are interested in this trip send a msg to info@borkgrenphoto.net. This is a personal email and Sherrlyn will reply personally to your questions. The photography opportunity is incredible. 
Our travel date is focused around the  Giant Kite Festival that takes place on All Saints Day on November 2. 
 Arriving a few days before All Saints Day we'll get settled and prepare to visit a graveyard where homemade kites, some 25 feet in diameter are flown to honor the dead and evoke spirits.  
 It's a 3 day celebration beginning October 31 but the biggest and most colorful day is on November 2. It is the day dedicated to all souls who have passed on.  Earth is represented by the making of tamales and the Guatemalan corn drink Elote en Dulce. Air and Wind are represented through the giant paper kites. 

  ARRIVAL We  pick you up at the main airport and drive 45 minutes to the colonial town of Antigua. We will start our trip with the 3 nights in the old colonial town with the day trip to the The Giant Kite Festival. There will be plenty to photograph, eat, see and do  After the kite festival we travel to  the region of the highlands and the lake. We'll be visiting several villages by boat and take tuk tuks to a Mayan village to visit a Mayan ceremony and weavers.  Early Sunday morning we go to one of the largest and most famous indigenous markets in the Americas,  Chichicastenango.  The church, Santo Tomas was built top of a Mayan sacred alter. The burning candles and incense and the 18 steps hold great meaning to the Mayan culture as the 18 steps represent the 18 months of the Mayan calendar.  We'll stop off at a colorful graveyard and have a snack in Chichi. 

We will have the opportunity to engage and  spend some of our time visiting organizations who are making a difference in Guatemala. Getting behind the scenes creates opportunities to engage with the people one-one and to understand our world.  But bring your bathing suit if you like the water because you'll have opportunities to soak in the hotel's mineral rich volcanic hot spring. 

We encourage bringing small gifts to give and will go over specifics in the tips sheet once you have reserved your place. d

We are always flexible to your needs and to the rhythm of the Guatemalan people. We stick to our agenda as much as possible but will always bend when needed.