Photograph the amazing beauty of Guatemala, its land, its people and its history. Photograph nature, culture and the mystery of the past and present Mayan world.
Guatemala holds most of the archeological sites of the Mayan culture which are surrounded by and impressive flora and fauna, and are considered true lungs of the humanity. The magic and mystery of the Mayan world subsist in millenary cities like Tikal, Yaxhá, Mirador, Iximche, and Q´uma´rkaj among others.
Our tour will visit two of these amazing cities and many other sites (see Itenerary below). Be ready to be mesmerized by the grandiose of Tikal. Its temples and pyramids are testimony of the most advanced ancient civilizations of the Americas. Here we will photograph the impressive architecture of the Mayan world, along with the incredible flora and fauna of the tropical forrest.
Arrive in Guatemala city, capital of the country known as the Land of the Eternal Spring. You will be picked at the airport by our driver and driven to Antigua Guatemala, a Spanish Colonial City founded in 1548. Antigua has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be surrounded by three magnificent volcanoes, some of which are dormant and active. Find yourself walking these ancient streets along with indigenous people dressed in their colorful traditional costumes. After a delicious traditional dinner, we'll take a night photography walk around the main plaza and visit a few of the amazing colonial churches and monuments.
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In the morning we will start by taking a photography tour around Antigua, and will visit some of the ancient colonial ruins which have been destroyed by several earthquakes of the last four centuries. Be ready to walk for a couple of hours as we cover the most impressive sites of the city. Take the afternoon off! Take adavantage of some free time to visit Finca Filadelfia for a coffee plantation tour with a choice of various activities including, canopy riding, bicycle, or horse riding in the mountains around Antigua. Or simply stay in town and discover all the wonderful sights and entertainment that this spectacular city offers. In the evening we can stroll freely around the city and eat at some of the many international restaurants and bars.
Today we will be climbing Pacaya, an active volcano. Put on your hiking boots, grab your backpack, camera, and be ready to be amazed! Don’t feel like spending too much energy? No worries… there will be a mule to bring you as close to the crater as possible. From there we can photograph the Guatemalan volcanic landscape, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. We will spend the morning ascending and descending this furious volcano. In the afternoon, we will visit and photograph the Mayan ruins of Iximche and will spend the rest of the afternoon in the eclectic city of Panajachel, surrounded by the majestic Lake Atitlan and its three volcanoes. We will photograph the landscape at sunset as we chase and capture the Milky Way.
Will board a lancha (small boat) and cross the lake and travel to the indigenous town of Santiago Atitlan. Santiago is the largest of the lake communities with a strong Tz'utujil indigenous populations. We will photograph the lake fishermen in their carved canoes, the beauty of their town, and its people in their colorful traditional attire. In the evening we will take the lancha back to Panajachel, take a stroll around town, and enjoy some of the local fish and other delicacies.
Travel through the mountains to Chichicastenango and be ready to be amazed by the sight of the Indigenous Market Day in the main plaza. Be sure to have a spare flashcard when we visit the local cemetery and the surroundings of this amazing town. In the afternoon we will transfer back to Guatemala city. If the climate conditions are right, we will visit a few of the capital’s iconic monuments.
Head to the jungle and the majestic mayan city of Tikal! Be ready to photograph the impressive Mayan pyramids and temples, flora and fauna, and the tropical jungle that surrounds this magical and ancient city. The entire day will be spent in Tikal. We will take a guided tour in the evening to photograph the sunset in Tikal’s ceremonious plaza.
Visitors going to Guatemala during the rainy season should bring a heavy blanket or similar rain gear and have a strategy for keeping their pack dry: Buy or fashion a pack cover, carry an umbrella, line the inside with plastic bags or get a heavy blanket big enough to cover you and your pack. As for shoes, you'll want something water resistant if it`s the rainy season.
More information at: Explore Guatemala
March 2016 will be our very first official photography and adventure tour! No worries about our experience, we have traveled these same roads with friends and family for years! We have climbed the volcanoes, traveled to all the sites, and experienced and lived all the amazing sights, including the culture and its people. Lux Photography is based in Houston, and our tour main guide Manolo goes on photography walks around the Houston area pretty often, in case you would like to meet with him to talk about the details of the trip, or just to simply go on a photography walk and talk about taking pictures, he is available mostly on weekends. Our resident guide, Lester works and lives in Guatemala.
For this initial tour, we are hoping to bring 5 to 6 adventurous photographers. Five being the minimun numbers of photographers needed to get the tour going. Six being the maximum, in order to have a small group, in which we can provide a more personal service for everyone. Our tour ratio will consist of 3 photographers per guide.
Our first photography tour to Guatemala will have a discount of $300. Our regular price after that will be $2,500 USD. The investment of $2,200 USD will include: all ground transportation, all hotels and 3 meals per day. It will also include all fees at the National Parks (Tikal, Pacaya Volcano, and Iximche and colonial ruins). This rate does not include: alcoholic beverages, entertainment events, and activities such as horse rides, zip lines, etc.
A $500 down payment is needed to reserve your place in the tour, which is fully refundable if you cancel by February 15th. A final payment of $1800 must be paid by February 21st. More information will be available if you are interested. Contact by clicking the comment link at the bottom of the page or email us at: email@example.com
All levels are welcome! You do not need to be a pro or a seasoned photographer to participate. If you are a pro, then this will be an incredible opportunity to test your abilities in different types of photography: nature, night, scenary, macro, street, and so on. If you are new to photography, then you will be taught and trained by one of our guides on the different skills and the basics of photography! All you need is your camera, a tripod, and lots and lots of memory storage.
Information on accomodations is coming soon! We are still working out details with our hotels partners. Information Constantly!!! Information will be added constantly! Stay Tuned!!!
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