CAMBIO LANGUAGE SCHOOL

    LIVE GUATEMALA

    EXPERIENCE GUATEMALA

    Few people who come to Guatemala get to see the real way Guatemalans live, or have an opportunity to understand the reality of this beautiful yet complicated country. The Experience Guatemala tour, from the perspective of locals, shows Guatemala for both its beauty and its struggles:

    TOUR - CIUDAD VIEJA

    Chicken Bus Factory, Artisan Carpentry (coffins) and NDG Primary School "Our Future" and / or secondary "The Basics" in Ciudad Vieja

    1 - 8.00am-8.30am: We walk across Antigua from 4a Calle Oriente #28C, Antigua, Guatemala and we start off with a local chicken bus trip from Antigua to Ciudad Vieja (15 minutes, rate covered by tour cost). During the trip we take out the history and community of Ciudad Vieja. Old City is a small city, a world away from Antigua.

    2 - 8.30am - 9.30am: Our first stop is a family owned casket workshop, where we see how local artisans build, paint and decorate coffins. Local artisans explain about the industry and cultural traditions related to death in Guatemala.

    3. 9.30am-10.30am: We visit our beautiful Nuestro Futuro / El Básico primary and/or secondary school/s, where we learn about the education programme, the different projects we run and how Niños de Guatemala is helping to break the cycle of poverty and empower the local community to achieve a better life. We have a drink: water, coffee or tea while we rest and watch the children playing during the break.

    4 - 10.30am - 10.45am: We take a short walk through the neighbourhood where many of our families live who send their children to school and talk about the socioeconomic situation of families and the difficulties they face.

    5 - 10.45 - 11.15am Our last stop will be a chicken bus restoration factory, where local tradesmen convert school buses from the United States and Canada into the beautiful public transport buses that are seen all over Guatemala.

    6. 11.15 am-11.30am / 12.00pm: We take a local chicken bus from Ciudad Vieja to Antigua.

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    TOUR - SAN LORENZO EL CUBO

    Carpentry, Worry Doll Making School and our El Porvenir Primary School

    1-8.00am-8.30am: We walk across Antigua from 4a Calle Oriente #28C, Antigua, Guatemala 3001 and we start off with a local chicken bus trip from Antigua to San Lorenzo el Cubo (20 minutes, the rate covered by tour cost ). During the trip we talk about the history and community of San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo is a small town, a world away from Antigua.

    2 - 8.30am-9.00am Our first stop is the house of one of the families whose three children attend our primary school in the San Lorenzo El Cubo area. He visits the father's carpentry workshop and learns about his working conditions and the furniture industry in Guatemala.

    3 - 9.00am-10.00am Our next stop is to sit with the mother and learn about traditional worry-doll making (Quitapenas), which form the work and salary of 80% of the mothers in our school in San Lorenzo el Cubo. Each tour participant make a doll to take home as a souvenir of the traditional culture of Guatemala and learn about the associated traditions.

    4 - 10.00am-11.00am We finish by visiting our primary school in El Porvenir and learn about the children we facilitate education for, the different education projects NDG are running, and how this assists to break the cycle of poverty and help the community achieve a better life. We have a drink: water, coffee or tea while we rest and watch the children playing during school break.

    6. 11.15 am-11.30am / 12.00pm: We take a local chicken bus from San Lorenzo el Cubo to Antigua.

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    Live Guatemala

    GUATEMALA THE LAND OF ETERNAL SPRING

    Live Guatemala

    Find out more about Learning Spanish in this Beautiful Country

    Situated in the central highlands of Guatemala, the city of Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its remarkably well-preserved colonial architecture, elaborate religious celebrations and strong Mayan influence. Many travelers use Antigua as a central-hub and stop-off point as they move around Central America. Still more make use of its world-renowned language schools.

    The city prides itself on a variety of attractions, including excellent restaurants offering both local and international cuisine, a teeming market, an exciting nightlife, and a myriad of volunteering opportunities. There is something for everyone.

    Antigua is guarded by three majestic volcanoes, Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. In addition to their shocking beauty, they provide the opportunity for nearby outdoors activity, from easy hikes to grueling climbs.

    Antigua is an exciting and different, yet comfortable (temperatures range from 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit/13 to 26 degrees Celsius year round) place to learn Spanish. Studying here is an experience you won’t ever forget!

    • Population: 12,727,566
    • Geography: 108,890 Km² (42,043 square miles).
    • Guatemala is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Tennessee. The highest point is Tajumulco Volcano at 4,220 meters (13,845 feet) above seal level.
    • Capital: Guatemala City
    • Founded: 2 January 1776
    • Currency: Quetzal (Q).
    • U.S. dollars are accepted in all places of business, but are NOT available at ATMs. All money exchange is done at banks.
    • Government: Elected democracy
    • Languages: Spanish.
    • Also Amerindian languages (23 official languages, including K’iche’ Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca.
    • Time Zone: UTC -6:00

    Antigua, Guatemala

    Antigua Guatemala is situated at 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level in the central highlands, in the department of Sacatepéquez. The city is famous for its well preserved colonial architecture and spectacular ruins—so much so that the entire city is designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations. Antigua is the most popular destination in the country for both international and local visitors, therefore to ensure safety a tourist police force is deployed around the city, making Antigua the safest place in Guatemala!

    36 Hours in Antigua by NYT

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    Getting Around

    The city of Antigua is an easy 30-45 minutes by bus or private shuttle from the capital of Guatemala City, where most international flights land. In Antigua, It’s easy to follow the basic grid system of the center and it’s easy to explore on foot as everything is within a 10-15 minute walk. Motorcycle taxis (‘tuk-tuks’) and regular taxis are also available and can be found at the city center or in front of most churches. Traveling out of Antigua and into the capital city is also easy with taxis, shuttles, and “chicken buses” available at most hours of the day. When taking a “chicken bus,” you should take your seat and wait for someone to collect the bus fare.

    Food

    Guatemalan gastronomy is based on traditional Mayan cuisine. Corn and corn meal are staple foods and the corn tortillas, served warm and wrapped in cloth, shouldn’t be missed. Black beans are eaten at almost every meal. Rice, eggs, and farmers’ cheese are also part of daily meals.

    Chicken, pork, and beef are the country’s most popular meats and are normally accompanied by beans and rice. Meats are often served in stews (“caldos”) or cooked in a spicy chili sauce. Pepián, a thick meat and vegetable stew, is a common dish in the city of Antigua, and seafood is common along the coast. Other popular dishes include mosh (oatmeal) and chiles stuffed with meat and vegetables (“chiles rellenos”).

    Fresh fruits and vegetables, such as yucca, carrots, plantains, beets, and cucumbers, are easy to find. Be sure to try the Guatemalan coffee, which is some of the best in the world!

    Culture

    Guatemalan Antigua Guatemala Culture culture is an interesting mix of ancient Mayan traditions with colonial Spanish and modern western influences. For example, the main religions are a combination of Catholicism or Evangelical Christian combined with Mayan beliefs resulting in a unique spirituality. Guatemalans are very conservative and you should take care not to draw extra attention to yourself.

    Some cultural recommendations include:

    • Dress conservatively
    • Avoid open displays of affection in public
    • Do not bathe nude at the beach
    • Speak softly and politely even if you’re angry
    • Ask permission before taking someone’s picture
    • Wear shoes or sandals at your family-stay; don’t go barefoot in the house
    • Understand that time is often flexible and people aren’t always punctual
    • Do not point fingers at someone, as it is considered accusatory
    • Cover your tattoos, as these are associated with gangs and criminals
    • Avoid topics such as pre-marital sex, teen pregnancy, and abortion

    Shopping

    Antigua shopping guatemala has great little shops, boutiques, and small locally owned stores where you can buy souvenirs, traditional textiles, ceramics, and antiques. The city center and the surrounding villages are also famous for their handicraft markets, as well as their open-air markets for great fruits and vegetables.

    Eating Out

    Around the charming city of Antigua, there’s an abundance of excellent restaurants including traditional Guatemalan food, Mexican food, and international fare. You can enjoy delicious and inexpensive local meals at a number of restaurants and at the central market. Prices range from as little as $0.80 (USD) at the market to very expensive and elegantly prepared international dishes at high-end restaurants.

    Nightlife

    Most of the nightlife clubs and bars in Antigua is concentrated around the Arco de Santa Catalina or within a block or two of the Central Plaza. There’s a lively nightlife with a wide variety of places, including live music. Bars and restaurants officially wrap up business at 1:00AM, but there’s an active after-hours scene, so people who prefer late nights won’t be disappointed. Antigua is a safe city, but it pays to be vigilant. You should never walk alone at night, and be very careful with your valuables.

    SHUTTLE / TRANSPORT SERVICES

    Tour of the Surrounding Towns of Antigua, Guatemala

    Departure from Antigua Guatemala to: Cerro de la Cruz, San Juan del Obispo, San Pedro las Huertas, Old City (2nd capital of Guatemala), Macadamia Nut Plantation, San Antonio Aguas Calientes and back to Antigua.

    Approximate Time Required

    3 to 4 hours (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)

    Price

    1-5 people:
    $59.00/458GTQ/55.65EUR
    5-10 people:
    $91.00/705GTQ/90.97EUR
    10-15 people:
    $130.00/1008GTQ/122.48EUR
    15-20 people:
    $163.00/1264GTQ/163.10EUR

    Coffee Tour

    Visit to a local farm to learn about the history of coffee in Guatemala, learn the process from planting to enjoy a cup of coffee. Museum includes costumes, music houses and maya. Please note: On the farm, visitors have to pay admission. (Q50.00)

    Approximate Time Required

    Time required from 2 to 2.5 hours
    Schedule: 9:30 am / 10:30 am / 14:30 pm / 15:30 pm.

    Price

    1-5 people:
    $52.00/403GTQ/48.97EUR
    5-10 people:
    $65.00/504GTQ/61.24EUR
    10-15 people:
    $85.00/659GTQ/80.07EUR
    15-20 people:
    $104.00/806GTQ/97.93EUR

    Tour of the Capital

    Departure from Antigua Guatemala and start visiting the great Relief Map, National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral Civic Center. Tour Reforma Avenue and the Avenue the Americas. Ending at Plaza Berlin.

    Approximate Time Required

    Departure 8:00 am
    Return: 13:00 or 14:00 pm.
    From 5 to 6 hours approximately.

    Price

    1-5 people:
    $98.00/760GTQ/92.35EUR
    5-10 people:
    $156.00/1209GTQ/146.90EUR
    10-15 people:
    $195.00/1512GTQ/182.72EUR
    15-20 people:
    $234.00/1814GTQ/220.41EUR

    Chichicastenango Market Tour Overlooking Lake Atitlan and its Three Majestic Volcanoes.

    Departure from Antigua Guatemala. We visit Chichicastenango and the Church of Santo Tomas. pictures and free time for shopping. To observe departure to Panajachel Lake Atitlan with panoramic views of the three volcanoes.

    Approximate Time Required

    Full day:
    Return to Antigua 6:30 am
    Departure from Panajachel to Antigua 15:30 pm and arrive around 18:00 pm.

    Price

    1-3 people:
    $166.00/1287GTQ/156.38EUR
    3-5 people:
    $195.00/1512GTQ/183.72EUR
    5-10 people:
    $260.00/2015GTQ/244.84EUR
    10-15 people:
    $351.00/2720GTQ/330.50EUR
    15-20 people:
    $390.00/3023GTQ/367.31EUR

    Panajachel Tour

    Departure from Antigua Guatemala to Panajachel. You can travel the lake by boat to visit some of the villages on the other side of Panajachel (not included).

    Approximate Time Required

    Full day.
    Departure from Antigua 7:00 am
    Departure from Panajachel to Antigua at 15:30 pm to arrive at approximatly 18:00 pm.

    Price

    1-3 people:
    $147.00/1140GTQ/138.52EUR
    3-5 people:
    $156.00/1209GTQ/146.90EUR
    5-10 people:
    $208.00/1612GTQ/195.87EUR
    10-15 people:
    $293.00/2271GTQ/274.94EUR
    15-20 people:
    $364.00/2821GTQ/342.77EUR

    Chichicastenango Tour

    Departure from Antigua Guatemala to Chichicastenango. Visit the local church to see some Mayan ceremony, the local market where you will find variety of crafts, visit the cemetery where you will have the opportunity to see mayas.etc rites.

    Approximate Time Required

    Full day.
    Departure from Antigua 7:00 am
    Departure from Chichicastenango to Antigua at 15:30 pm to arrive at approximately 18:00 pm

    Price

    1-3 people:
    $147.00/1140GTQ/138.52EUR
    3-5 people:
    $156.00/1209GTQ/146.90EUR
    5-10 people:
    $208.00/1612GTQ/195.87EUR
    10-15 people:
    $293.00/2271GTQ/274.94EUR
    15-20 people:
    $364.00/2821GTQ/342.77EUR

    Paderón Beaches

    Day trip to visit the beaches the Register, shop dip, disconnect, relax.

    Approximate Time Required

    Full day. Departure from Antigua 6:30 am. Departure to el Paderón 16:00 pm to arrive back at approximately 18:30 pm.

    Price

    1-3 people:
    $147.00/1140GTQ/138.52EUR
    3-5 people:
    $156.00/1209GTQ/146.90EUR
    5-10 people:
    $208.00/1612GTQ/195.87EUR
    10-15 people:
    $293.00/2271GTQ/274.94EUR
    15-20 people:
    $364.00/2821GTQ/342.77EUR

    Monterrico Beaches

    Day trip to visit the beaches of Monterrico, shop dip, rest, relax, eat good seafood, etc.

    Approximate Time Required

    Full day.
    Departure from Antigua 6:30 am.
    Departure from Monterrico to Antigua at 16:00 pm to arrive at approximately 18:30 pm

    Price

    1-3 people:
    $147.00/1140GTQ/138.52EUR
    3-5 people:
    $156.00/1209GTQ/146.90EUR
    5-10 people:
    $208.00/1612GTQ/195.87EUR
    10-15 people:
    $293.00/2271GTQ/274.94EUR
    15-20 people:
    $364.00/2821GTQ/342.77EUR

    Pacaya Volcano

    Output ancient volcano for Pacaya. NOTE: To enter the park must pay Q50.00 per person, plus local guide who charges about $ 25.0 or $ 30.00 for the group.

    Approximate Time Required

    Departure from Antigua: 7:00 am.
    Return to Antigua: 14:00 pm.
    6 to 7 hours. (depending on physical fitness)

    Price

    1-5 people:
    $104.00/806GTQ/97.93EUR
    5-10 people:
    $130.00/1008GTQ/122.48EUR
    10-15 people:
    $195.00/1512GTQ/183.72EUR
    15-20 people:
    $260.00/2015GTQ/244.84EUR

    Fuego Volcano

    Departure from Antigua to the volcano of fire includes transportation. NOTE: To climb the volcano have to pay local guide who charges about $ 20.00 to $ 25.00.

    Approximate Time Required

    Departure from Antigua: 4:00 am.
    Return to Antigua: 13:00 pm.
    6 to 7 hours. (depending on physical fitness)

    Price

    1-5 people:
    $104.00/806GTQ
    5-10 people:
    $130.00/1008GTQ
    10-15 people:
    $195.00/1512GTQ
    15-20 people:
    $260.00/2015GTQ

    Airport transfers between Guatemala City Airport and Antigua.

    Price

    3-5 people:
    45USD/350GTQ
    5-10 people:
    55USD/450GTQ

    MEET YOUR HOST

    Cambio Hosts

    Guatemalan Host Families

    Cambio offers a variety of services to its customers in addition to Spanish classes. We are happy to make accommodation arrangements for you before you arrive or during your stay in Guatemala. There are two general options for accommodations while living in Antigua:

    An important part of learning any language is using the language as frequently as possible. By staying with a Guatemalan host-family, you will have the opportunity not only to speak Spanish every day, but also learn about Guatemalan culture from a unique insider’s perspective. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to eat 3 meals daily, Monday through Saturday, with their host-family.

    * Accommodation in Antigua Guatemala including three meals daily. Homestay prices are per week and start from $120 with shared bathroom until $140 with private bathroom.

    Cambio Host

    Doña Olga

    Doña Olga has over 30 years of hosting experience and is very accustomed to hosting international guests, families and children. She is happy to cook vegetarian, vegan, …

    Cambio Host

    Doña Miriam

    Doña Miriam has over 30 years of hosting experience and is very accustomed to hosting international guests, families and children. She is happy to cook vegetarian, vegan, …

    Cambio Host

    Doña Thelma

    Doña Thelma is a Guatemalan from Antigua and has been hosting guests from all over the world for over 35 years. She is a nurse by profession and always has an interesting story to …

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    4a Calle Oriente #28
    Antigua, Guatemala

    Phone:

    +502 78328033

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