In 2010 I traveled to Antigua, Guatemala with 6 very talented students who wanted to immerse themselves in language and culture. For the bulk of the 12 days we stayed with local families. Each day we would take breakfast with our family and then prepare for a walk through the old colonial town to our language school. After four hours of intense language learning we walked back home to our families for lunch and then back to school for the afternoon activities. Activities ranged from dance lessons, a local service project at an orphanage, zip lining, a tour of the city, shopping, a coffee plantation tour, a macadamian nut farm tour, a tour of the jade museum, and even a trip to the black sand beach of Monterrico. At the end of the week we said goodbye to our families and boarded a small plane to the city of Tikal where we spent two days touring the ancient Mayan ruins.
We visited a neighboring pueblo where women where these women are doing their laundry in the town square.
We got to climb one of the temples at Tikal and watch the rain forest come alive with this sunrise tour. Here the fog is just lifting.