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Guatemala - New Year's trip 2005

December 29, 2004 - January 5, 2005

Course Information
Terms and Conditions
Day 1 Wednesday, December 29 - Departure

Depart from Baltimore airport at 10:10 a.m. to go to Guatemala City via Atlanta with Delta Airlines. Arrival 8:23 p.m. Meet your escort who will be with you throughout the tour. Transfer to Hotel Marriott.

Day 2 Thursday, December 30 - Antigua

Morning panoramic tour of Guatemala City. It includes downtown Historic Centre, the National Palace, the Cathedral and some residental areas. Continuation to Antigua for an afternoon walking tour: besides the architecture and nice houses of the Colonial City the visit includes : Merced Church, Cathedral, San Francisco Church, the Textile Museum "El Traje Antiguo", Capuchins Convent, the Jade factory and the Jesuits Convent.

Day 3 Friday, December 31 - Antigua

Excursion to Jocotenango where the Cultural Center "La Azotea" is located. There, you will visit the organic coffee plantation, the Coffee Museum and the K'Ojom Museum, which is the indian music museum. You will also see some more of the sights of Antigua. We'll be celebrating New Year's Eve in colonial Antigua.

Day 4 Saturday, January 1 - Antigua

Excursion to the Indian Village of San Antionio de Aguas Calientes famous for its Indian women who use the pre-hispanic techniques of weaving. Drive to Ciudad Vieja and see the first Cathedral built in Central America in 1527. From there you can take a 3 mile walk on a dirt road, through coffee plantations, to picturesque Indian villages: San Miguel Escobar, San Pedro Las Huertas and San Juan Obispo where the first Bishop of Guatemala built his Palace and lived. This exciting experience will allow close contact with local people and their daily way of life. At the end, the bus will be in San Juan del Obispo to take you back to Antigua.

Day 5 Sunday, January 2 - Lake Atitlan

Departure by the scenic Pan American Highway to go to Chichicastenango where on Sundays and Thursdays the local Indian population celebrate their outdoor market. You will also visit Saint Tomas Church where the local shamans perform ceremonies and worship the ancient gods inside the Catholic temple. Afternoon drive to Lake Atitlan.

Day 6 Monday, January 3 - Guatemala City

Departure by boat to go and visit the Indian Village named Santiago Atitlan. Visit the Church, the brotherhood of Maximon who is a local Saint worshiped by the Tzutuhil Indians. Enjoy the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals, especially oil paintings made by local artists. Afternoon drive to Guatemala City.

Day 7 Tuesday, January 4 - Guatemala City

Full day at leisure with the possibility to take an optional tour to the National Park of Tikal, in Flores, declared Heritage of Humankind by the Unesco. In Tikal, admire the plazas, complexes and tall temples, the main Acropolis and the Lost World. Surrounded by lush tropical forest it is also the place of nesting for hundreds of birds and exotic wildlife. Round trip airfare is included.

Day 8 Wednesday, January 5 - Return

Morning transfer to the airport to take your Delta Airline filght which leaves at 9:35 a.m. and arrives at Baltimore at 5:35 p.m. via Atlanta.

Course Information

Students register for Span. 131 (Ibero-American Culture and Civilization), 3 credits, GH, GI, and "other cultures" course.

For information on this course please contact Dr. Cecilia Heydl-Cortinez,

This course may be taken as a distant education course or as an independent study 400-level course.

Cost information for Guatemala trip

The price for the Guatemala New Year's 2005 trip will be $1195.00.

There is a possibility that students may receive some financial funding from the Student Activity Fee (SAF). Updates on SAF funding will be posted when made available.

The Price Includes:

  • Delta Airlines flights from Baltimore to Guatemala City, via Atlanta
  • Airport taxes @ approximately $95.00
  • Tour escort throughout
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at Hotel Marriott, Guatemala City
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation, in double room, at Villa Colonial, Antigua
  • 1 night hotel accommodation, in double room, at Villa Santa Catarina, Lake Atitlan
  • American breakfast daily
  • Excursions and sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Boat ride to Santiago on Lake Atitlan
  • Deluxe motorcoach for transportation

The Price Does Not Include:

  • Single room supplement + $350.00
    • Single price $1545.00
  • Triple room discount - $35.00
    • Triple price $1160.00
  • Local and International departure taxes approximately $10.00
  • Optional excursion to Tikal including air fare, guided tour and entrance fees
    • + $175.00
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Porters at airport and bellboys at hotels
  • Meals other than specified
  • Cost of personal items: phone, drinks, etc.
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Passport & visa fee
  • Everyone needs a valid passport. In case you are not an American citizen a visa may be required.


Friends, family of Penn State students, faculty, and employees are welcome on our trips.

Terms and Conditions

Celestial Voyagers' terms depend on contracts with Delta Airlines, hotels and other suppliers. Regulations below must be strictly enforced as they are related to these contracts. Deposit: $350.00 due prior to September 24, 2004. Final payment due November 5, 2004 at latest. Late fee: $100 +, applicable for registration and/or balance payments received November 6, 2004 or later.
All cancellations must be received in writing.
Following penalties will apply:
  • $150.00 non refundable processing fee
  • $350.00 max. for cancellations between Sept. 25 - Nov. 5
  • 50% of total price for cancellations on Nov. 6 - Nov 26
  • 100% of total price for cancellations on Nov. 27 or later
All cancellations must be sent in writing. We strongly recommend that you avail yourself with travel insurance as a protection against these penalties. Please, check with Celestial Voyagers for travel insurance plans and premiums.


To register you can either:

Mail print and mail this reservation form with acopy of your passport and your deposit.


Register online at Celestial Voyagers then, within 7 days mail your deposit and acopy of your passport.

For any information call 1-800-651-6262 or email

Tour #1649 - Penn State York         Guatemala




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