Umoja Journey
Guatemala 2022

January 11 – 19, 2022
April 26 – May 4, 2022

Overview

The Umoja Journey is an adventure with purpose that will remain with you for the rest of your life. After you say ‘yes’ to this challenge, the most difficult part of the process will be over, and the fun and excitement can begin. The Umoja Journey is a guided trip across Guatemala. The tour takes you on an adventure and highlights the work of International Needs.

Objectives

To give a glimpse into the development project in Guatemala, to provide funding for the projects you’ll be visiting, and to invite you to share your expertise and insight with our development partners.

Cost

Package 1 – Standard Trip
$2950.00 per person
Tax receipt issued for 100%

Package 2 – Standard Trip + Optional add-on
$4950.00 per person
Tax receipt issued for 80% (Tourism is not tax-deductible)
Includes a visit to scenic Lake Atitlan.

Itinerary

The itinerary below provides the day-to-day details so you know what to expect, including maps, flights, travel plans, accommodations, activities, and projects. This trip will take place in both January and April of 2022. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Umoja at a glance

DateDestinationWhat’s Happening
January 11 / April 26Guatemala CityFly to Guatemala City
January 12 / April 27AntiguaVisit City Hospital, Explore Antigua
January 13 / April 28Antigua   Visit Pacquip Hospital, Meet Midwives
January 14 / April 29AntiguaPacaya Volcano Hiking Tour
January 15 / April 30Antigua    Finca Filadelfia, Debrief
Optional Add On
January 16 / May 1Lake AtitlanTransfer to Lake Atitlan, Relax
January 17 / May 2Lake AtitlanVisit Panajachel Markets
January 18 / May 3Lake AtitlanLeisure Day
January 19 / May 4Flights HomeTravel day

Full itinerary

Day 1-5

Dates: January 11-15, 2022 / April 26-30, 2020
Destination: Antigua,
Guatemala

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Travel Details

Guests will arrive on international flights to Guatemala City. The next day, guests will drive to Antigua (roughly a 1 hour journey). 

Accommodations

Guests will spend the first night at the Courtyard Guatemala City Hotel. Guests will then drive to Antigua and stay at a beautiful luxury villa in the heart of the old city.

Scheduled Activities

On January 12th/April 27th, guests will visit Antigua's city hospital to learn more about public health care surrounding maternal and infant health. Later on, guests will spend the day touring Antigua, a beautiful city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala.

On January 13th/April 28th, guests will visit one of the communities supported by the Midwife Training Program in order to get a better idea of the inner workings of the project, as well as to get the chance to meet some of the community's doctors, midwives, mothers and children.

January 14th/April 29th will be spent hiking the Pacaya Volcano. Pacaya Volcano is the most popular volcano trek in Antigua because of its accessibility, and the hike can be completed in half a day. Here, guests will hike (or ride horses) through the lovely pine forest to the tough volcanic ash and rock, then to the sulfur-smoking cone. When summited, guests will get to see the amazing views of the northern volcanoes, pacific lowlands, and El Salvador.

On the final day in Antigua, guests will stop at the Finca Filadelfia coffee farm for lunch and a tour. Finca Filadelfia has run for more than 15 years, and allows visitors to see the step-by-step process of coffee making.

Additional Information

Despite decades of international aid, maternal and child mortality is still at an unacceptable level throughout Guatemala, and at crisis levels in the rural regions. Midwives attend more than 90% of births in the rural areas, and it has been found that a significant number of infant deaths are connected to a lack of knowledge in handling high-risk pregnancies. The statistics are also greatly impacted by extreme poverty, which has remained relatively constant over the past 20 years.

International Needs Canada is working alongside a number of organizations to develop the Survive and Thrive Program, a program that targets high-risk pregnancies and transforms the overall state of maternal and newborn healthcare in Guatemala. The goal is to provide training to midwives so that they are able to detect risk factors early, refer the mother to a health care facility, and prevent the deaths of mothers and babies in the rural regions of Guatemala. This program will also provide research in the areas of maternal and neonatal care for the Guatemalan Health Ministry to use and improve upon.

Accommodations – Luxury Villa
The Midwife Training Program
Antigua
Finca Filadelfia Coffee Farm
Pacaya Volcano Hike

Optional add on

Day 6-9

Dates: January 16-19, 2022 / May 1-4, 2020
Destination:
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Travel Details

Guests will drive from Antigua up to Lake Atitlan.

On the final day, the team will head to the airport in Guatemala City to catch flights back home. Sadly, the 2022 Guatemala Umoja Journey must come to an end, but we hope guests will cherish this trip for the rest of their lives, and join us on many more!

Accommodations

Guests will spend the next couple of days at a beautiful villa on the water in Lake Atitlan.

Scheduled Activities

Guests will continue on the journey to reach Lake Atitlan. The next couple of days will be spent exploring Panajachel’s bustling markets, the Casa Cakchiquel Cultural Centre (initially a hotel enjoyed by notable figures such as Che Guevara and Ingrid Bergman), and taking a private boat tour. The Lake Atitlan village boat tours take guests on a journey around the lake to explore and visit the quiet and peaceful villages in the heart of Mayan culture.

Accommodations – Luxury Villa
Lake Atitlan
Panajachel Markets