March 7-15, 2025 Guatemala Tour

Explore, Experience, Empower

*Classic Tour*

ALDEA offers a unique, eye-opening, 8-day/8-night tour of the western highlands of Guatemala, the “Land of Eternal Spring.”

The mission of ALDEA and its partner organization, ABPD, is to promote integrated development services that improve the well-being of families with limited resources, especially in rural Mayan areas. For over 50 years, we have been working to change the trajectory of peoples’ lives and empower them to create lasting solutions to the persistent problems of poverty and inequality that are inherent in Guatemala’s large indigenous population.

This 8-day/8-night tour provides the rare opportunity to be welcomed into Mayan villages to experience ALDEA’s life-changing work and understand how you can be a part of making a meaningful difference. In addition, this glimpse of Guatemala will leave you amazed by the country’s incredible beauty, warm, gracious people, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscape around Antigua and Lake Atitlán. Tour participants form strong bonds and a shared commitment to improving the lives of rural Guatemalans.

Is this tour for you? It is, if you want to:

  • Experience the unique honor and privilege of being welcomed into the homes of the communities ALDEA serves and witness firsthand the impact of our work.
  • Discover daily activities of rural Mayans in their homes, learn their stories, and meet community leaders.
  • Learn about Guatemala’s thriving Mayan heritage and amazing legacy.
  • Explore Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site and learn of its rich history.
  • Experience one of Antigua’s world-renowned Lenten processions.
  • Relax surrounded by the mesmerizing beauty of volcano-ringed Lake Atitlán.
  • Revel in the magical atmosphere of the lake and its traditions of painters, potters, weavers, and fishermen.
  • Walk the Mayan ruins of Iximché and possibly witness a Mayan ritual.
  • Learn about your Mayan energy “nawal.”
  • Have the chance to view the colorful quetzal, Guatemala’s rarely seen national bird.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to sample delicious Guatemalan food and some of the best coffee in the world.
  • Take advantage of fair-trade shopping opportunities in Antigua and San Juan La Laguna.
  • Get to know and spend time with people who care about the world and want to support women and families.
  • Make memories for a lifetime!

what’s included

  • Extensive pre-tour information, trip coordination assistance, welcome packet, souvenir gifts.
  • Pick-up and shuttle to/from La Aurora Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.
  • Five nights at Hotel Aurora in Antigua, one night at Hotel de Montaña in rural Tecpán, and two nights at Hotel Bambú at Lake Atitlán.
  • Daily breakfasts plus six lunches and seven dinners (including a special farewell dinner).
  • Air-conditioned, chauffeured tour bus for in-country trips; water and some snacks included.
  • Bilingual guides, all excursions and entrance fees during group activities.
  • Gratuities for meals, drivers, all local guides, and hotel service.
Price per Person:
$2,100 double occupancy; $2,400 single occupancy. For double occupancy, roommate’s name should be indicated at time of registration, or one can indicate willingness to be assigned a roommate if available.

what’s not included

  • Round-trip air transportation.
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. souvenirs, laundry, extra snacks and drinks.
  • Meals on Friday, March 7 and lunch on Friday, March 14.
  • Cost of optional activities during free time.
  • Travel medical insurance.


$500 deposit is due at the time of registration and the remaining balance ($1,600 per person for double occupancy and $1,900 for single occupancy) is due by November 30, 2024. If a participant cancels by November 30, 2024, they will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations after November 30, 2024, unless the vacancy can be filled with a participant of equivalent occupancy.

Participation Details: The activity level for this trip is moderately difficult due to walking up to three miles at a time on cobblestones and uneven surfaces; walking up and down slopes; standing for periods of time; getting in and out of boats; and riding on bumpy roads. Tour is limited to 14 participants who are 21 years or older. Participants are required to sign a liability waiver, confirm their ability to participate physically in this active tour, test negative for COVID on the first day of the tour, and have travel medical insurance coverage.

Travel Documents: A current U.S. passport is required. No visa is required for Guatemala visits of fewer than 90 days.

Climate: March weather in the Guatemalan Highlands is sunny, rain is unusual, daytime temperatures in 70s F, nights in the 50s.

Brief Day-by-Day Itinerary
(Subject to Change)

"Magical, extraordinary, life changing - the tour is this and so much more! From the moment we landed in Guatemala City, our experience was first class. We learned so much in our short time there! Most importantly, we were able to see firsthand the amazing work that ALDEA and partner organization ABPD are doing in the Mayan villages of Guatemala. They are changing lives one family at a time. We interacted with the families and learned from the promoters (women who are teaching life skills to other women) how their lives have changed because of ALDEA. Now, they are forming friendships and feeling empowered as women! We became immersed in the culture, ate delicious traditional Guatemalan meals, learned about textiles and backstrap weaving, shopped, and experienced life in the colorful city of Antigua. We saw a Lenten processional that was truly a magnificent sight to see. This tour is more than words can express. We hope you will experience it for yourself!"

SHARON Casey AND ELLEN SPEERS, 2023 Tour Participants