Travel Update
Explore Guatemala
July, 2007 Volume 2, Number 1

In This Issue

Our Next Adventure
(Leaving San Antonio)
Where are we going?

2007 Art Workshops
Last chance to sign up.

Pam Stanley
Oct 24 – Nov 2
(All Saint’s Day Festivities Included)
click here

Tony van Hasselt
Oct 31 – Nov 9
(All Saint’s Day Festivities Included)
click here

Bob Burridge
Nov 12 – 21
click here

Ann Templeton
Nov 24 – Dec 3
click here

Our New Registrar:
Susan Johnson

Our NEW
Contact Info:

(Please Update address books)

Explore Guatemala, L.L.C.
Anita Rogers, President
John Korte, Marketing

Web-site:
www.exploreguatemala.com

e-mail:
registrar@exploreguatemala.com

U.S. Phone:
210-599-8468

U.S. Mail:
P.O. BOX 17217
San Antonio, TX 78217

Guatemala Cell:
011-502-5550-4386

Panama Cell:
011-507-6653-4323

SEMANA SANTA
March 19 – 28, 2008
Because we need to guarantee rooms during this peak time, we only have until September 30 (maybe sooner if the hotel demands payment sooner) for registration. If you are interested in joining us on this unique travel experience please mail your registration immediately to guarantee your space. If you have questions please call or e-mail us.

See our web-site for more information as well as a brochure with registration form. click here

COMING SOON!
Stay tuned for John & Anita’s Unique Travel Adventures to be announced in the next issue of the Explore Guatemala Update!

Your partners in art workshops and unique travel opportunities,
John & Anita


Up Borneo's Kumai River to the
Leakey Orangutan Camp

 

This Is Not Good Bye!
For a couple of years now we have been trying to figure out what our next phase in life would be. Since our sailing trip on a 50 foot sloop from Australia across the Indian Ocean to Bali and up the South China Sea to Borneo, then on to Singapore ended in the decision to not cruise for the next 10 years, we had to come up with something else of equal excitement and adventure that definitely involved travel and exploring.

Between August 15 – 30 we will be leaving San Antonio, Texas. We are selling out, giving away some things, and storing the things we might want to eventually ship to where ever it is that we end up.

For the next year or two we will be traveling vagabonds without a home. We will (between groups) travel throughout Central and South America as well as other places we have not yet decided upon. We will stay for a month, two, or three in many different places; exploring, looking for a home and for unique places to take you on art workshops and travel adventures.

Panama stands out at the top of our list right now but we have committed to traveling and exploring a lot before we settle down. Ecuador, Belize, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Peru are other countries we want to spend time in.

We will be as available to all of you as we are right now by e-mail and telephone.

Oh, Make A Note
Our new e-mail address is: registrar@exploreguatemala.com

Introducing our new Registrar:
Susan Johnson, who lives in San Antonio and whom we have known for a long time through her daughter Stefani, will be handling all of our registrations, communications, and general office duties here in the States. We have been working with her for over a month now in order to assure a seamless transition. We will be in constant contact with Susan and even more on top of our business as a result of her assistance. All Explore Guatemala communications will now go through Susan.

Back by popular demand:
(In April, 2007 we took 22 people for this experience of a lifetime.)

SEMANA SANTA IN ANTIGUA GUATEMALA
March 19 – 28, 2008
Sign-up Deadline: September 30, 2007

Come, join us on the trip of a lifetime, and experience one of the most exciting and colorful cultural events in the world… Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua, Guatemala.

Antigua’s Semana Santa is the most extravagant and impressive in all Latin America, rivaled only by a similar event that takes place in Seville, Spain. The cobblestone streets of 16th century colonial Antigua are covered in alfombras (carpets) made up of colorfully dyed sawdust, pine needles, flowers, flower petals, corozo (yellow flowers pulled from giant palm pods), berries, fruits, and vegetables. The celebrations reach crescendo proportion with the big processions and pageants on Good Friday. On Thursday night the streets are meticulously carpeted and on Friday morning a series of processions with teams of penitents wearing peaked hoods and accompanied by solemn dirges (melancholic music from local brass bands) and billowing clouds of copal incense accompany them as they carry the image of Christ and the Cross on massive platforms. Some of these floats weigh over 7000 pounds and require 60 men to carry.

No other town has the appeal and the charm of the world renowned Spanish Colonial Antigua, Guatemala. From its colonial architecture to its local markets, quiet courtyards with ornate gardens, this town is considered one of the most beautiful in Central America. It is like stepping back into time over 300 years. More than 30 Monastic orders called Antigua home and built stunning monasteries, convents, and cathedrals in the town. The sights and sounds of colonial Spain permeate the atmosphere. At the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, prepare to lose your breath and your heart to the most romantic, most transporting, most unexpected, most Antiguan of the hotels in the "old capital". It is a colonial monument intact, a fifteenth-century monastery re-invigorated as a premier luxury hotel.

In the highlands of Guatemala we will stay at the beautiful Hotel Atitlán amidst botanical gardens overlooking Lake Atitlán. Experience what Aldous Huxley called “the most beautiful lake in the world”. With its three towering volcanoes majestically standing watch over the twelve Maya villages surrounding the lake, it is a magical place and you will never want to leave. The botanical gardens of colonial style Hotel Atitlán will enthrall you.

Another highlight of Guatemala is its colorful villages and markets nestled throughout the highlands. We will visit the “crown jewel”, the world famous Maya market of Chichicastenango brimming with beautiful hand woven textiles and splendid works of art and crafts in designs and techniques passed on from generation to generation. The Maya/Catholic rituals and open-air market of “Chichi” and the blazing colors of everyday dress will enthrall you.