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Who Should Come:  The kind of person who desires to see the world, who loves photography, likes hanging our with like-minded friends and is intrigued by spreading  goodwill where we travel. It is open to beginners and professionals. It takes a good attitude and curiosity, more than it takes fancy cameras to make amazing photos.

Where do I Register?  https://photographworkshopsguatemala.squarespace.com/config/pages

How Large is the Tour/Workshop?  the maximum number we allow is 10 participants so that we can travel light, create friendships, and be flexible

Where are We Going?  Guatemala and the Mayan highlands into the sunny dry land of eternal spring.

Arrival Date:  March 25, 2017

Duration:  10 days

We will meet you at the airport. 

The level of Activity is moderately light-  there's no heavy hiking, but there are cobblestone streets and dirt paths. We get up in the morning to photograph with the best light and will do some night shooting. Time for siestas is in the afternoon. 

What's Included:

  • All Hotels.  We favor local style hotels with gardens and close to the plazas. We like being with the people and being part of the culture we visit.  Hotels are comfortable, clean, hot water and food nearby. Some may include kitchens but if not there's always a coffeeshop around the corner. We choose hotels which are close to the center of everything.  
     
  • 8 meals including the arrival dinner
  • Transportation on the ground
  • Ferry across the lake
  • Two professional photography leaders (see about)

Schedule

Arrive in Guatemala and be picked up and brought to the hotel anytime that your plane arrives.  Unpack and check out the surroundings. Meet and greet early dinner. An intro to Guatemala and a guest Mayan speaker.  

The next day we head to Antigua (a UNESCO World Heritage town,  but only after a good look and opportunities to photograph the historic area of Guatemala City. We'll visit the pedestrian-only street, the plaza, and the Metropolitan Church built in 1815.
Enjoy exploring the later afternoon in Antigua and we'll eat dinner in a garden style restaurant. In the evening we'll take advantage of the sunset to photograph around the town, and get shots of the active volcano.  

We'll snuggle down for the night under the watchful eye of the nearby volcano and share stories from the day. Sharon will teach tips on visual storytelling and we'll have some photo talk. 

We push onward into the highlands where we will be visiting lake villages, helping out with some Mayan groups and even visit Maximon, the scary Mayan god. Maximon insists that he be adorned with cigars, moonshine, and other gifts.   

The famous artist, Juan Sisay who died during the revolution painting are in one of the lake villages and the little museum is run by his sons. They are artists in their own right. You'll get a chance to meet them. 

After ferrying across the lake, we visit a coffee farm and learn how they are using permaculture to grow organic coffee.  Of course, you'll probably want a cup or two in the cafe.
The market at Chichicastenango cannot be missed. It's an indigenous Mayan market catering to both the Mayan population and to the visitor. There is a church filled with incense, candles and flowers on the church steps. 

Each morning there will be incredible opportunities to photograph, enjoy some free time in the afternoon and then we'll watch and photograph as the sun sets behind the magical volcanoes and Maya cultures. Did you know there are about 22 languages spoken in Guatemala?  
Throughout the workshop, Lynn Johnson and Sherrlyn Borkgren will be giving  fun no pressure assignments and working with you to help you get the story and photos that you envision. We know you want  to photograph AND enjoy the country. Everyone needs a bit of time so we don't adhere to rushing anyone along.  Tell your story, your trip with your images.

It's a beautiful view to look at Lake Atilan from google earth.

It's a beautiful view to look at Lake Atilan from google earth.

Travel Photography Workshop Guatemala