If you are flexible minded, don't mind getting a little dirty here and there and are ready for an adventure come. We are visual storytellers and are excited to share with you our dirty little travel methods. (not really very dirty).This workshop is a BETA II travel test. Come learn, share and enjoy. We aren't tourists. We are travelers.
OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Laughing Planet Journeys and Photography kickstarts with focus around the Giant Kite Festival that takes place on All Saints' Day, the first of November 2018. I've planned three main focuses for this trip. The festival, the photogenic Lake Atilan villages and a possible visit to a young boy's ranch is on the agenda.
After our meet-and-greet, some time in Antigua, and photography talk, we'll head out for the Kite festival. This will be the only time during the trip that we will join Guatemalans in local transportation for a 20-minute ride to a nearby village.
These spectacular kites are as tall as a three-story building. Their makers will fly them in the sky in honor of those who have died. It's a 3-day celebration beginning October 31on the Day of the Dead but in Guatemala the main celebration in the first of November and called, All Saint's Day.
Earth represented with mouth-watering tamales and the savory Guatemalan corn drink called "Elote en Dulce" will certainly inspire your appetite. Giant rainbow colored paper kites embody air and wind as messengers to the dead.
Laughter crashes through all boundaries on this special day, and you might find yourself enchanted with the Mayan culture.
ARRIVAL. On the 30th of November we will pick you up at the main airport at determined times and drive 45 minutes to the colonial town of Antigua. You get a chance to settle in for three nights in the bustling colonial UNESCO World Heritage site and near to where the Kite Festival will be held.
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 we will be flexible so as to be in the best place at the right time. Guatemala doesn't always stay on our schedule.