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GUATEMALA

Antigua, Panajachel, Atitlán, Chichicastenango, Calle Santander

A place of rare beauty, major historical significance, and vibrant culture.

Guatemala is located in Central America, bordering Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. It shares coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Mysterious and often challenging, Central America’s most diverse country offers landscapes and authentic experiences that have been captivating travelers for centuries.

Our adventure brings us to Guatemala City, Antigua, and Panajachel. Antigua is the former capital and a city that boasts an impressive catalog of colonial relics in a magnificent setting. Streetscapes of pastel facades unfold beneath three volcanoes. Many old ecclesiastical and civic structures are beautifully renovated, while others retain tumbledown charm, with fragments strewn about parklike grounds.

Thanks to the dozens of Spanish-language schools that operate here, Antigua is a global hot spot. Yet it remains a vibrant Guatemalan town; its churches, plazas, and markets are throbbing with activity. Outside the city, indigenous communities, coffee plantations and volcanoes offer ample opportunities for exploration.

Perhaps the real miracle of Antigua is its resilience. Despite earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods, followed by virtual abandonment, it has re-emerged with a vengeance, buoyed by the pride of its inhabitants.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than beautiful Guatemala.

Thanks to the dozens of Spanish-language schools that operate here, Antigua is a global hot spot. Yet it remains a vibrant Guatemalan town; its churches, plazas, and markets are throbbing with activity. Outside the city, indigenous communities, coffee plantations and volcanoes offer ample opportunities for exploration.

Perhaps the real miracle of Antigua is its resilience. Despite earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods, followed by virtual abandonment, it has re-emerged with a vengeance, buoyed by the pride of its inhabitants.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and great fun. What better place to express your creativity than beautiful Guatemala.

Group Size

4 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by transit, ferry, and walking
  • Minimal elevation changes and lots of walking
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Weather | Sun

March – Temps 85/69 F  28/19 C  Sunrise 6:13 | Sunset 6:12 (18:12) | Low Rainfall
November – Temps 74/59 F  23/15 C  Sunrise 6:05 | Sunset 5:29 (17:29) | Low Rainfall

Includes

  • Travel, architecture, cityscape, urban, and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (4 – 8 guests)
  • 5-star hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City (GUA) – Transfer time to hotel 1hr
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.

Accommodations

Antigua – Casa Santo Domingo Hotel or similar
Panajachel – Casa Palopó, Hotel Atitlán or similar

Helpful Links

> Casa Palopó, Guatemala – by Ian Robert Knight


Photographer Leader

Photographer Leader

Edgar Monzon

March 15 – 22, 2020
November 1 – 8, 2020
March14 – 21, 2021
November 7 – 14, 2021

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

ITINERARY

GUATEMALA 8 DAYS

Day 1 | Antigua

We meet at our hotel in the morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During lunch we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After lunch we set out to photograph our magnificent hotel and the grounds that surround it.

About our hotel… in its earliest days, Casa Santo Domingo was the bastion of one of the grandest convents of America: a sanctuary that sheltered the followers of the order of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. Today, the hotel stands as an important monument, housing and preserving the treasures from the baroque era of ancestral America. Each corner of this house, each stone, each image and each piece that composes this hotel museum is a chapter in the story of our beautiful hotel. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful “Welcome Dinner” at our hotel. (D)

Day 2 | Antigua

On day two, after an early breakfast, we depart our hotel for nearby Antigua, a small city surrounded by volcanoes. Antigua is renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital. Notable architectural examples include baroque La Merced church. Antigua is also an integral part of the city’s famous Semana Santa, the Roman Catholic celebration of a holy week with parades and rituals. We will photograph volcanoes, architecture, nature, merchants, indigenous people and more. Finally, in the evening we will focus on a sunset photography session. (B)

Day 3 | Antigua - Mayan Village - Coffee Plantation

We are up early to photograph the city of Antigua as it comes to life. After breakfast in Antigua, we head off to explore a local Mayan community capturing lifestyle, people and culture. Next up we visit an amazing local coffee plantation where we will learn about the cultivation and processing of coffee on the farm, a tradition that dates back 150 years to 1870. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch at the farm (which also hosts a magnificent 5-star resort hotel and restaurant). (B)

Day 4 | Atitlán Lake - Santiago Atitlán - Panajachel

We depart Antigua very early for a morning drive to Panajachel, Atitlán. Upon our arrival, we will board a boat where we will travel the lake visiting small Mayan villages capturing the life of these indigenous people. We will spend the entire morning exploring. We will stop for lunch at Santiago Atitlán, a village on the lake. In the afternoon we return to Panajachel by boat where we will check into our hotel. Our hotel is located right on the lake with stunning views of several volcanos. (B)

Day 5 | Panajachel - Chichicastenango

After breakfast, we travel to Chichicastenango. Here we will visit the colorful markets, including a vegetable market and the “Masquería”, a place where ceremonial masks and traditional clothes are made. In the afternoon we are treated to a private Mayan religious ceremony. A Mayan priest, “Xamán” will perform a ritual in gratitude for the Earth and Mother Nature. (B)

Day 6 | Calle Santander - San Antonio Palopó

On day six we visit nearby Calle Santander and its very colorful street market where Mayan people sell products. In the afternoon we go to San Antonio Palopó, exploring the village and its very traditional Mayan works (known as Telares). In the late afternoon, we return to our hotel for a sunset shoot. (B)

Day 7 | Antigua

After breakfast, we return to Antigua and check back into our hotel, Casa Santo Domingo. Here we enjoy a well-deserved rest. For those interested in returning to Antigua for some afternoon shots, we will be happy to arrange transportation to the city. In the evening we celebrate with a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” in Antigua. (B) (D)

Day 8 | Antigua

On our last morning, we will enjoy a sunrise shoot followed by breakfast and a review of our past week’s photos. After we trade contact information and sadly bid you farewell. We encourage you to extend your stay in Guatemala or Central America and make good use of everything you will learn on our photo adventure. (B)

 
Add our 8-Day “Mexico City Photo Adventure” before Guatemala for 16 amazing days of culture and photography.

(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner, (E) Excursion

May all who come as guests... leave as friends®

OPTIONS AND BENEFITS

Pricing

 

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience, we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.

Private Guided Adventures

 

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

 

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through the internationally recognized Travelex Travel Insurance Company, as well as evacuation and medical transportation insurance through MedJet, one of the best in the industry.

The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to learn more about why you should consider travel insurance.

Rewards Program

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How The Program Works
For every adventure reservation you make with Photo Workshop Adventures, you earn valuable points which you can redeem on your next trip. This is a great way to save up to 8% off future trips. Our Rewards Program is designed with three tiers: Orange, Gold and VIP Members. Points may be applied towards balance payments on your next trip, or you may choose to accumulate points for a free trip in the future.

ORANGE REWARDS
All guests begin with our Orange Rewards Program (Level 1), which earns 4 points for every dollar you spend. You begin earning points immediately after your first trip. A $5,900 spend earns 23,600 points with a value of $236 USD.

GOLD REWARDS
With our Gold Rewards Program (Level 2), you earn 6 points for every dollar you spend. Orange Members who reach 120,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 4-6 trips), automatically move up to Gold Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 35,400 points with a value of $354 USD.

Additional Gold Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers

VIP REWARDS
With our VIP Rewards Program (Level 3), you earn 8 points for every dollar you spend. Gold Members who reach 350,000 accumulated lifetime* points (approx. 8-12 trips) move up to VIP Rewards. A $5,900 spend earns 47,200 points with a value of $472 USD, (8+/-% discount).

Additional VIP Benefits:

  • Earn up to double points during promotional events
  • Advance notifications for upcoming adventures and special offers
  • Ability to Gift or Transfer points to others
  • Receive complimentary airport transfers at the destination location*


Redeeming Your Points

Redeeming your points couldn’t be easier. You can always log in to your account to check your points balance. When you are ready to book your next trip, register and pay your deposit. When you go to pay your balance you will be given the option to apply your points and receive a discount.

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Subscribe to our Think Orange Magazine and eNews. THINK ORANGE is a wonderful mix of stories and tips related to travel, photography, adventure, culture, art, technology, cuisine, lifestyle, people and more. Our objective is to immerse you in a world you may only fantasize about. Raise your awareness and inspire your creativity. Perhaps even help make you a better photographer. We deliver similar experiential experiences that our guests enjoy on our photo adventures. Like all of our adventures, our blog is “photo-centric”, while also allowing you to experience all the nuances and cultural aspects of travel and adventure. Welcome to our world. We hope you enjoy. Our eNews is a great way to receive information about upcoming photo adventures, exciting new destinations, photography tips, special offers and more. Subscribe today!

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Give someone you know a Gift Card, good toward any of our Photo  Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Cards and Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.

Combine-N-Save

You can SAVE up to $1200 by combining two or more back-to-back 6-Day or longer Photo Adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.

Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials

We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.

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