Experience Guatemala Tours

Experience Guatemala tours
Few people who come to Guatemala get to see the way most Guatemalans live or have an opportunity to understand the reality of this beautiful yet complicated country. Our tours consist of visiting local, non-touristic towns where we provide education for children who otherwise would not have access to it. Before visiting the schools, we visit local workshops, which are examples of the important local industries in that town, to give you insight into the daily life of these families.
The Experience Guatemala Tour will let you see Guatemala for both its beauty and its struggles, with 100% of profits going directly to our schools. Click here if you are interested in participating in the tour or send an email to tour@ninosdeguatemala.org.

Prices

 2 – 4 people – $45/Q350 each
Public Tour 4+ people – $35/Q270 each
Private Tour – $40/Q310 each

The tour fee covers your guide, transportation, and coffee/tea. All profits go to our schools.  Payment can be made in advance via PayPal or in Quetzales or USD at our office before the tour departs. If paying in cash, exact change is requested.
We also offer one on one Spanish lessons: Learn Spanish

Join the tour

If you would like to come on the tour, please contact us at least one day in advance to confirm there is a tour on for that day and so we know to expect to see you at 4a Calle Oriente #28, Antigua.

You can send us an email at: tour@ninosdeguatemala.org or call our office at (+502) 7832-8033.

When does it run

We run public tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings when our schools are in session. Private tours are available on other days upon request. Please email tour@ninosdeguatemala.org for more details.

The scheduled days vary Monday to Friday depending on demand. Tours start at 8.00am-11.30/12pm and the meeting point is 4a Calle Oriente 28, Antigua, Guatemala.

TOUR – CIUDAD VIEJA:

Chicken Bus Factory, Artisan Carpentry (Coffin Workshop) and NDG’s Primary School “Nuesto Futuro” and Secondary School “Básico” in Ciudad Vieja:

Here is an outline of a typical morning tour:

8.00am – 8.30am: We walk across Antigua from our office (4a Calle Oriente #28, Antigua, Guatemala) and we start off with a local chicken bus trip from Antigua to Ciudad Vieja (15 minutes, cost covered by tour fee). During the trip we talk about the history and community of Ciudad Vieja. It is a small city, a world away from Antigua.

8.30am – 9.30am: Our first stop is a chicken bus restoration factory, where local tradesmen convert school buses from the United States and Canada into the beautiful public buses that are seen all over Guatemala.

9.30am – 9.45am: We take a short walk through the neighborhood where many of our families live who send their children to school and talk about the socio-economic realities of the community and the difficulties they face.

9.45am – 10.30am: We visit our beautiful school, “Nuestro Futuro” where we learn about the education programme, the different projects we run, and how Niños de Guatemala is helping to break the cycle of poverty and empower the local community to achieve a better life. We enjoy a coffee or tea while we rest during the children’s break time.

10.30am – 11.00am: We visit a family-owned casket workshop, where we see how local artisans build, paint and decorate coffins. The local artisans explain about the industry and cultural traditions related to death in Guatemala.

11.00am – 11.15am: Our last stop is our secondary school “Básico” where we see our newest school and answer any questions from the tour.

11.15am – 11.30am: We take a local chicken bus from Ciudad Vieja to return to Antigua.

TOUR – SAN LORENZO EL CUBO

Carpentry, Worry Doll Making School and our Primary School “El Porvenir”:

8.00am – 8.30am: We walk across Antigua from our office (4a Calle Oriente #28, Antigua, Guatemala) and we start off with a local chicken bus trip from Antigua to San Lorenzo el Cubo (20 minutes, cost covered by tour fee). During the trip we talk about the history and community of San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo is a small rural town, which is very different from Antigua or Ciudad Vieja.

8.30am – 9.00am Our first stop is the house of one of the families whose three children attend our primary school in the San Lorenzo El Cubo area. We visit the father’s carpentry workshop and learn about his working conditions and the furniture industry in Guatemala.

9.00am – 10.00am: Our next stop is with the mother of the students, where we learn about traditional worry-doll making (Quitapenas), which form the work and salary of 80% of the mothers in our school in San Lorenzo el Cubo. Each tour participant makes a doll to take home as a souvenir of the traditional culture of Guatemala and learns about the associated traditions.

10.00am – 11.00am: We finish by visiting our primary school “El Porvenir” and learn about the children who we support in education, the different education projects NDG runs, and how this helps us empower the community to break the cycle of. We have a drink while we rest and watch the children playing during school break.

11.00am – 11.30am: We take a local chicken bus from San Lorenzo el Cubo to return to Antigua.

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