Lodging, private transportation and driver, airport transfers, bi-lingual guide, meals where indicated, all excursions listed, entrance fees to parks, community activities, cooking class.
International airfare, alcohol, snacks, guide and driver tips, one lunch, one dinner
Minimum enrollment for this trip is 8 women. If minimum enrollment is not met 90 days prior to departure date then trip may be cancelled in which full payment including deposit will be refunded.
* Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.
* A cancellation request must be received in writing by email from participant. Verbal notice will not serve as a valid cancellation.
* Should you choose to withdraw from the program, unfortunately the DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the program is cancelled by PN).
**Cancellation by you up to 90 days prior to departure to will result in full reimbursement MINUS deposit. cancellation by you less than 90 days will result in no refund.**
* In the event that a trip is cancelled due to inadequate enrollment, Purposeful Nomad is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets. While we do our absolute best to fill each trip, we highly recommend you buy refundable airline tickets.
Most meals will be eaten together at restaurants or the places we stay. Food restrictions and allergies can be accommodated, just please let us know beforehand.
Unless a specific person has been identified you will be assigned a roommate and room upon arrival. Every person will have their own bed.
Unless you are purchasing the airline insurance it is a good idea to wait until departure is confirmed to buy plane tickets.
ARRIVALS- Please arrive in the morning on Day 1- Sunday October 27th into Guatemala City (GUA) We will have an airport transfer waiting for you upon your arrival.
DEPARTURES- Book your departure on Day 7- Saturday November 2nd in the late afternoon or evening from Guatemala City (GUA)
WANT HELP BOOKING YOUR AIRFARE?
We got you! We understand booking flights can be time consuming and stressful! Feel free to take advantage of our booking service. You will be connected with Wendy, our exclusive travel agent that can handle all your airfare needs for a small fee of $50 per ticket. Just let us know when you sign up and you’ll be taken care of.
FULL PAYMENT DEADLINE:
The remaining balance should be paid 90 days prior to departure.If you are booking within 90 days of departure, then full payment is required at the time of booking.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Here at Purposeful Nomad we do our best to ensure that every program is a success. However, in the event of something unexpected we want you to be fully protected. We REQUIRE that you purchase international insurance.
Purposeful Nomad is an affiliate partner with World Nomads but you may choose any company. Click here to purchase insurance through World Nomads: INSURANCE
Make sure you have sufficient supplies of any prescription medicine, it might be wise to bring a small personal first aid kit, including any patent medicines you prefer. You are responsible for taking all necessary health precautions before and during your trip. It is the client's responsibility to ensure they seek professional medical advice before travelling and to take all necessary health precautions and preventative measures.
Vaccinations: Be an informed traveler! Ultimately it is up to you to consult a physician. We are here to help but can not legally provide medical advice. Here are some great websites:
MONEY & TIPPING:
PLEASE BRING USD CASH. Make sure the bills are crisp and clean with no tears or writing. You can exchange money in banks and exchange houses. Your local guide will assist with this upon arrival. Tipping in restaurants is customary between 10%-20%. If you feel moved to leave a tip in your homestay it is always appreciated. Generally a few dollars a night is fine. For driver and local guide a tip of 5-7$ per day per person is a normal rate but again, at your discretion.
The US dollar is by far the most widely accepted foreign currency in Guatemala. Guatemalan Quetzal is the local currency and is also used. Most everything is included in the trip cost but you should budget for anything extra like souvenirs, tips and alcohol.
Do you have a payment plan for this trip?
Yes! After paying the deposit for the trip, you can chose to pay the remaining balance in 3-5 installments up until 90 days of departure.
What type of clothes should I pack?
A more concise packing list will be sent along in your trip packet. Bring layers. It can be hot during the day and cool and windy at night. Comfortable yoga and workout clothes, informal wear for the daytime and a rain jacket of course. A general rule of thumb is to pack clothes that don’t show a lot of skin. Shorts and tank tops are not appropriate when we visit more rural communities and schools.
Do I need international travel insurance?
Yes. International travel insurance is required. We are affiliates of World Nomads and find their quotes to be some of the best! You can purchase it right HERE.
What is the weather like in Guatemala?
The weather in Guatemala is generally always pretty comfortable. It rarely gets too hot or too cold unless you are at the top of a volcano. Average daytime temperature is about 72-75 degrees. There is a dry (Nov-April) and wet season (May-Oct.)
Will the group be together the whole time?
Groups travel together at all times in a private van with driver and guide. There are specific days where you are allowed to wander into town or just hang out.
Can I drink the water?
No. It is not recommended to drink tap water. We will have big jugs of filtered water. Having said that, please bring a reusable water bottle as most hotels and tourist destinations offer refilling stations.
Do I need to speak Spanish?
It is certainly not a requirement but always fun to try! Every group has a bilingual guide so there is nothing to worry about.
Is there internet?
Yes. Most of our hotels will have wifi available. There is one night in the homestay where there will not be internet available.