Penn State Harrisburg


Lake in Panajachel, Guatemala

March 7-15, 2014
Cost: $2,595.00

Penn State Harrisburg • Tour #4433
Liberal Arts 199/499 (3 credits IL)

Guatemala 2014: Meeting the Modern Maya

Modern Guatemala presents multiple and contrasting facets; the stately colonial architecture of Antigua, Guatemala, built early in the sixteenth century; diverse Indian groups, each speaking its own languages and wearing village-specific clothing; Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanic peaks and colorful villages; and the modern metropolis of Guatemala City, with its museums and cultural programs. This course will emphasize service learning, culture, history, and language encounters.

Course Registration (for course credit)

  1. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss how this course will impact your educational progress. Have your advisor sign a Registration Drop/Add Form to add this class. Forms are available online at:
  2. Contact the travel agency (contact information on back panel) to make a deposit or pay the total cost of the trip and obtain a receipt.
  3. Bring your signed drop/add form and travel agency receipt to the Registrar’s Office in Swatara Building to complete enrollment.

Course Requirements

  • The class will meet on Wednesday evenings beginning January 15, 2014 until the trip. One additional class period will be held following the trip.
  • Students must be free of judicial review or judicial sanction. Eligibility will be verified, and each participate grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct.

Travel Awards

If you are an undergraduate honors student, there is scholarship money available through the honors program at Penn State Harrisburg. In addition, the University has money for students traveling internationally. For details visit and select the “Scholarships and Grants” link.

There are also a limited number of travel awards with an application deadline of November 1, 2013 in the Office of International Programs at Penn State Harrisburg. Please visit or contact Marie-Louise Abram, for information.

Guatemala Itinerary

Itinerary and visits subject to change without notice.

  • Day 1 • Friday, March 7 - Travel

    Departure from Washington Dulles Airport with COPA Airlines #357 leaving at 9:13am. Check-in should be three hours prior to departure. Arrival in Guatemala City at 5:08pm, private transfer to Antigua. Check-in at Posada Los Bucaros followed by dinner.

  • Day 2 • Saturday, March 8 Antigua

    Breakfast buffet at hotel. Morning tour of Antigua’s primary historic sites, including the Cathedral and other churches, city buildings, Casa de Tejido, and Museum of Guatemala indigenous dress, discussion of changes in the past generation. Group lunch. Late afternoon presentation on Guatemala’s contemporary social and political concerns followed by a group dinner.

  • Day 3 • Sunday, March 9 - Panajachel

    Breakfast buffet at hotel. Depart for the highlands (approximately 3 hour drive). Visit the archeological site of Iximche, last capital of the Kachiquel-speaking group. Shaman ceremony at Iximche. Lunch en route to Panajachel. Mid-afternoon arrival in Panajachel, on the shore of Lake Atitlán. Group dinner at a lakeside restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Kakchiquel.

  • Day 4 • Monday, March 10 - Panajachel

    Continental breakfast. Visit to Santiago village, visiting Mayan Families center and travel to preschools with food deliveries. Visit the church in Santiago village and Maximón. Lunch in Santiago Atitlán. Boat transfer to San Juan La Laguna followed by a visit to the medicinal herb garden. Visit with the Naif painters and galleries and take a painting class with a local painter. Visit the Textile Women Cooperative. Return to the hotel by lancha (boat). Group dinner in a local restaurant to include an explanation of contemporary Mayan society and culture, highlighting the cofradia system. Overnight at Hotel Kakchiquel.

  • Day 5 • Tuesday, March 11 - Panajachel

    Continental breakfast. Travel to Solola to visit the Asociacíon Maya de Desarrollo, women’s weaving cooperative, explanation of how the cooperative operates. Lunch in Panajachel. Afternoon visit to Reserva Atitlán  Nature Reserve, located on a former coffee plantation. Hike through the reserve. Cooking class with regional cooking of Guatemala in a local home. Overnight in Hotel Kakchiquel.

  • Day 6 • Wednesday, March 12 - Panajachel

    Continental breakfast. Hiking on the San Pedro Volcano. Your tour begins with a boat transfer to the town of San Pedro where your hike will begin. Follow your private adventure guide on this amazing climb through fields and cloud forest to reach the top of the volcano at 3, 000 meters. Snack, lunch and water will be provided. Dinner in Panajachel. Overnight at Hotel Kakchiquel.

  • Day 7 • Thursday, March 13 - Panajachel

    Continental breakfast. Full day visit to Chichicastenango (private van or bus) for the world famous market, visit to the Church of Santo Tomás (where the Popul Vuh, the Quiche book of creation was found), and local mask maker. Climb to the shrine of Pasqual Abaj, a Mayan sacrificial site in the hills overlooking Chichicastenango. Buffet lunch in the beautiful colonial Hotel Santo Tomás. Dinner . Overnight at Hotel Kakchiquel

  • Day 8 • Friday, March 14 - Panajachel (B,D)

    Continental breakfast. Visit to Friendship Bridge, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides micro credit and educations programs to women and their families can create their own solutions to poverty. Afternoon free time. Group dinner on the lake. Overnight at Hotel Kakchiquel.

  • Day 9 • Saturday, March 15 - Return (B)

    Continental breakfast. Late morning visit to the magnificent gardens at the Hotel Atitlán, said to be the largest garden in Guatemala. Transfer to airport. Return on COPA Airlines #319 Guatemala 2:00pm to Panama 5:22pm Copa Airlines 488 Panama 6:58pm to Washington Dulles 12:49am.

Hotel Accommodations

All efforts have been made to choose comfortable, moderately priced hotels to keep the price of this trip reasonable.

Posada Los Búcaros
The 7th Avenida Norte #94, La Antigua

Hotel Kakchiquel
Calle Santander y Calle de Los Tigres 3ra
Av 4-78 Zona 2, Panajachel, Sololá

Airline Schedule

The exact time of flights is subject to change and will be reconfirmed. Check-in at the airport is three hours prior to departure.

Friday, March 7, 2014

COPA Airlines 357, Washington Dulles  9:13am to Panama 2:14pm; Copa Airlines 406, 3:42pm to Guatemala 5:08pm

Sunday, March 16, 2014

COPA Airlines 319, Guatemala 2:00pm to Panama 5:22pm; Copa Airlines 488, Panama 6:58pm to Washington Dulles 12:49am (+1)


Price Includes

  • Air fare from Washington Dulles Airport to Guatemala, and return.
  • Transfer from Penn State Harrisburg to and from Washington Dulles Airport.
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharge-subject to increase before ticketing.
  • Hotel accommodations as per itinerary.
  • Meals as follows, with hot coffee of hot tea: meals as stated in the itinerary (bottled water is extra but hotels supply water to refill bottles at a minimal expense).
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers while in Guatemala.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary.

Price Does Not Include

  • Mandatory travel and medical insurance which must be obtained by all students, visitors and participants through HTH Worldwide. (Approximately $1.10 per day).
  • Excess luggage.
  • Meals not included in the itinerary.
  • Beverages other than water, coffee or hot tea.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Passport fees (must be valid until September 16, 2014).


Program Information

Marie-Louise Abram
Director, International Programs, Penn State Harrisburg
777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6003

Raquel O’Barr, Instructor in Spanish
Phone: 717-948-6470

Trip Registration

Deposit: $500

$150.00 of this is a non-refundable processing fee to Celestial Voyagers. Your deposit will assure your reservation with the airline, the hotel and other suppliers. Deposit must be sent with a copy of your passport as soon as you register online.

Send your deposit as soon as possible, prior to November 22, 2013. After this date, space may not be available and a supplement may apply.

Balance due no later than December 20, 2013.

All payments by check must be made to Celestial Voyagers.

Credit card payments

Celestial Voyagers accepts Visa and MasterCard. Because merchant fees are not included in the package price, should you wish to pay by credit card, a supplement of 3.5% applies.

Cancelation Penalties

In case of cancellation, penalties will apply. All cancellations must be received in writing. Written cancellation received between November 22, 2013, and December 20, 2013 will incur a $150 processing fee and $150 additional (total $300). Written cancellation received between December 20, 2013 and January 14, 2014 incurs a penalty of 50% of the total trip cost. Written cancellation received on or after January 14, 2014 or no-shows incur a penalty of 100% of the total trip cost.

Course registration is separate from trip registration.

Upon receipt of your deposit, Celestial Voyagers will send you a receipt that you must present at the Penn State Harrisburg registrar’s office to register for the course.


If you intend to travel internationally, apply for your passport immediately. Failure to provide passport information may delay airline ticketing for our group.


Register for the trip online at After registering, you must mail your deposit within 48 hours with a copy of your passport, if available. Please provide the following information in the comment section:

  • Tour # 4433
  • Tour name: Penn State Harrisburg Guatemala 2014

Mail your deposit and copy of your passport (if available) immediately to:

Celestial Voyagers, Inc.
27-28 Thomson Avenue,
SW11 Long Island City, NY 11101

Terms and Conditions

Celestial Voyagers terms are based on contracts with airlines, hotels and other suppliers. The terms and stipulations mentioned below are bound by these contracts and will be strictly enforced. A passport valid until September 16, 2014 is required.

Travel Arrangements

Celestial Voyagers, Inc.
Phone: 516-829-1525
Fax: 718-729-0306