A cathedral in Antigua - photo by borkgren

A cathedral in Antigua - photo by borkgren

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. 

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Mayan GUATEMALA
TRIP 2018 

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. Laughter crashes through all boundaries on this special day, and you might find yourself enchanted with the Mayan culture. We've planned three main focuses for this trip. We go to the wild festival, the quieter photogenic Lake Atitlan villages and we give one day aiding a local community. 


Physical Level

From 1-5  this is probably a 2. The roughest part is that Antigua has cobblestone streets. The other part that has a bit of walking is to get to the festival. Like any festival there are plenty of people to get through. However, there are many places to take a break so I wouldn't let that stop you.  Canoeing is optional and there is an option to hike a volcano. If that's not for you, there is the hammock by the lake and plenty of cafes and streets to photograph. We don't want anyone to feel they can't go because of physical limitations so email and we can discuss if it's right for you or not. We are always in groups of two or three as a safety net as we are in a foreign country. 

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 on their bus. It's a once-in-a lifetime experience.    
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. 

Maya food and culture has many specialties this day. Earth represented with mouth-watering  tamales and my favorite the savory Guatemalan corn drink called "Elote en Dulce" will certainly inspire your appetite. The giant rainbow colored paper kites embody air and wind as messengers to the dead.


 ARRIVAL. On the 30th of October 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 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.