Volcano Panorama viewed from atop Volcan Pacaya -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Volcano Panorama viewed from atop Volcan Pacaya — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

This is your official invitation to join me on an extraordinary journey through landmark destinations in Guatemala. 

Temples of Tikal Tower above the jungle canopy -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Temples of Tikal Tower above the jungle canopy — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Join us on this Extraordinary Journey around Guatemala!

(Next trip will be 2017)

Path to Agua -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Path to Agua — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

I want to take fear, uncertainty and hard work out of going to a foreign land (specially if it’s your first trip). I have the research, connections and the know-how. Unlike big, established tours, traveling with me means traveling with a friend who is eager to explore, share, and help you travel safely. Our small group will result in more freedom, flexibility and a personalized experience.


Before you come

I can help you with every aspect of planning your journey before you even arrive. From ‘what to pack’ to ‘books to read’. I can guide you through purchasing ‘travel insurance’ and help you book flights (cheapest price or most direct route is up to you).

Travel Tips:

  • Canadian, US and most European citizens do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.

  • There are no obligatory inoculations for Guatemala.

Observing a Maya woman weave traditional textiles -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Observing a Maya woman weave traditional textiles — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

While you are here

I have put together itineraries to explore key landmarks in Guatemala. I want to take all the hassle out of the overwhelming trip planning. Reservations. Schedule. Transportation. Where to go? How to get there?  And of course, SAFETY! (Guatemala has received a bum rap, but with right knowledge, danger can be avoided. Much more on that for interested parties.)

In other words, leaving you to simply enjoy the best this country has to offer.

When

Tentative dates are for the second and/or third week of April 2015. (My dates are flexible so we can find what works best for everyone.)

1. Semana Santa is the first week of April – see below for more info.
Chichicastenango Church-- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Chichicastenango Church — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Average daily temperatures in April (dry season)are in the high 20’s (Celcius) or 80’s (Fahrenheit).


                        Please note that I am currently available to help you plan your very own trip to Guatemala with personalized dates, locations and budget (with or without a guide).

Contact: karinasextraordinarylife@gmail.com


How Long

Planning for roughly 8 to 10 days to visit highlights of Guatemala with the possibility of extension for those who can extend their stay.

Local Species of Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Local Species of Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Cost

There are so many possibilities for every type of traveler. As a worldly backpacker I am a super efficient shoestring traveler ($10/day in hostels and eating street food if that’s how you like it), but in a country like Guatemala $100/day means you travel like royalty. I know most of you will land somewhere in the middle.

I created a very general breakdown here to give you an idea. Actual cost will depend on the number of people and what level of comfort and adventure your group wants.

Where To Go/Itinerary

Months or years would not be enough to fully explore this amazing country.

Here is just a sampling of the exemplary places you could discover in Guatemala. (I wish I had the time to write my own stories on each of these places. Stay tuned on the blog for more each week 🙂 (Start your own research with the links provided below.)

Arco de Antigua -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Arco de Antigua — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

There is no better opportunity to make this journey happen. I am enlivened to introduce my friends (and yours), first timers or seasoned travellers to the beauty of Guatemala. Need more reasons?

An incredible New Years spectacle in Antigua. Most events like these are free to public -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

An incredible New Years spectacle in Antigua. Most events like these are free to public — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

I am bilingual in English and Spanish so I can function as an excellent translator and deal maker.

I am familiar with the country, the culture and I can create more intimate situations for those looking to get up close and personal with the places and its people.

Mayan tradition mix with Catholic influence to create unique customs and beliefs like this Maximon in Atitlan -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Mayan tradition mix with Catholic influence to create unique customs and beliefs like this Maximon in Atitlan — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Join us on this Extraordinary Journey around Guatemala!

 

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Guatemalan (Or Chapina, as Guatemalans are known here) Pride -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

Guatemalan (Or Chapina, as Guatemalans are known here) Pride — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Footnotes

1. Semana Santa

The first week is Semana Santa, Holy Week, leading up to Easter. These extravagant celebrations are the most impressive cultural event in the country. Naturally, prices skyrocket and most reservations are made a year in advance. April and I will are intent on going already and several people have mentioned joining us for this week as well. I am not including this here because costs will be more prohibitive, and the planning is complicated. If you are still willing, it would be an unforgettable adventure – roughing it may be necessary. This is not a tour.

 

2. Casa Guatemala

For those wishing to stay longer to make a difference in the lives of the orphans of Guatemala, I can help arrange your stay with Casa Guatemala. I have previous experience (four times over) and would highly encourage it.

Story: Heroes for Guatemala

Film: Casa Guatemala Fundraiser and Volunteer Mission

The SuperKids at Casa Guatemala orphanage -- Guatemala -- Karina Noriega

The SuperKids at Casa Guatemala orphanage — Guatemala — Karina Noriega

Extraordinary articles about Guatemala:

Preserving Culture: Guatemala’s Inspiring Alfombra Tradition

A Child’s Perspective on Semana Santa: Collaborative Project in Antigua, Guatemala

The Charm of Street Vendor Culture: Antigua, Guatemala transforms for Holy Week

Obeisance & Alfombras in Guatemala

Perhaps you need a little Antigua, Guatemala

Semuc Champey: Guatemalan Heaven on Earth

Velacion at Santa Inez, Guatemala

Guatemala – Growing up in the Land of Eternal Spring

Lighting up 2015 – Pacific Guatemala

Film – Tropical New Years

Feliz Navidad: Christmass Tradition in Guatemala

Film – Mercado Tradicional

La Quema Del Diablo

Clip – La Quema Del Diablo 

Antigua, Guatemala – New Year’s 2013/2014

Fireworks

The First 24 Hours: Arriving in Guatemala

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