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July 29 – August 7, 2017
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Regular Price: $1,450*

Price for Educators: $1,350*

*$1,000 is tax deductible!

 

Program costs include:

  • Accommodations
  • Three meals per day plus snacks
  • Ground transportation
  • Tour guide and translation services
  • Service project materials
  • All activities listed in the trip itinerary

 

Additional costs not included:

  • Airfare
  • Airport meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Souvenirs and personal expenses

 

*Because Limitless Horizons Ixil’s earnings from this trip will directly support our programs in Chajul through our 501(c)(3) organization, a portion of your trip payment qualifies as a charitable contribution and is eligible for tax deduction based on current I.R.S. regulations. Upon payment in full, you will receive a charitable donation receipt. You may claim a deduction of $1,000.

 

Food & Lodging

Limitless Horizons Ixil only uses safe, community-minded hotels in all locations. In Chajul, participants stay at accommodations that are maintained by a local family. The accommodations are clean, comfortable, and basic. Rooms and bathrooms are shared, have running water, flushable toilets, and showers. Three to six participants will stay in each room. Limitless Horizons Ixil students prepare breakfast as part of their work-study program and dinner is prepared in the hotel by the local family running the hotel. Lunch is either served in town or by local families in their homes. Families have gone through training to safely serve meals to our participants.

Food will reflect local eating habits, including corn, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and beans. Other diets including vegetarians are welcome. Travelers are encouraged to bring snacks (e.g. granola bars, trail mix) and any specialty foods to supplement and add variety to their meals.

 

ce trip 2Weather

Chajul is in the mountainous Ixil region. Temperatures and weather can vary greatly day to day or even hour to hour. You should be prepared for a temperature range of 50°– 80°F. Please note that nights are much colder than the days.

The mountainous terrain around Chajul is famous for frequent fog banks and rain showers. You can expect rain on most days, generally in the form of light showers in the afternoon. You should also be prepared for gorgeous, sunny skies when the rain has cleared. The rain rarely lasts for a long period of time and will not affect our itinerary.

 

Safety

Limitless Horizons Ixil has hosted travelers, of diverse ages, in Guatemala for over 10 years and considers safety our top priority. Our staff members have led over 40 service trips in Latin America over the past 12 years and have extensive training in risk management and emergency response.

Limitless Horizons Ixil has developed comprehensive emergency action plans which ensure the safety of our groups, attaining medical care if necessary. Participants will be met at the airport by our trip leaders and will travel in private transportation.

Limitless Horizons Ixil is not responsible for lost or stolen goods. At orientation, we will provide suggestions on how to prevent theft. Participants are advised not to bring valuables.

tourist & girls making tortillas (av)Health and Immunizations

Participants should be healthy, capable of hiking, walking stairs, and carrying their own luggage. Limitless Horizons Ixil requires that participants have been immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, and hepatitis B (all standard travel vaccines). Additionally, we strongly advise that participants get vaccines specific to this area: hepatitis A (two-shot series, good for 20 years) and a typhoid shot (good for two years).  The Centers for Disease Control reports that there is no malaria in any of the areas on the trip’s itinerary.

In regards to Zika virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya virus, these are spread through mosquito bites and are present in all Latin American Countries, including Guatemala. The locations we visit on this trip are at an elevation of 4,500 feet – 7,000 feet, where there is minimal mosquito activity. While infection of any of the above viruses is very unlikely, it is advised as a precaution to consistently use mosquito repellent or long sleeved clothing to avoid risk of transmission. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control page here.

If you are concerned about digestive sickness, you can get a prescription of the antibiotic Cipro from your physician, be sure to have 4 to 10 days’ worth of medication. Cipro may work to remedy digestive issues, however in cases where symptoms persist, medical care will be provided.

There are clean medical centers in every location we visit.

 

Your Arrival and Departure ce trip 3

Participants are responsible for air transportation to and from Guatemala. Early purchase of flights may ensure lower airfares. We ask that participants arrive in Guatemala City before 3 PM on July 29 and fly out after 10 AM on August 7. This is to ensure transportation during the safest travel hours in and out of Guatemala City. Please send us your flight information using this form.

Participants can arrive earlier or stay longer if interested in traveling independently in Central America. In this case, these participants will be asked to meet the group at the hotel in Antigua on July 29. Limitless Horizons Ixil is not responsible for you before or after the specific start and end times of the trip, but we are happy to provide travel advice.

 

Limitless Horizons Ixil Trip Cancellation Policy and Travel Insurance Requirement

Limitless Horizons Ixil requires you to purchase travel insurance to provide coverage for trip cancellations, medical emergencies, lost baggage, and other unforeseen circumstances. Please indicate proof of travel insurance on your medical information form before departure. Alternatively, Limitless Horizons Ixil is happy to purchase insurance for you through World Nomad Travel Insurance for an additional $75 fee.

In the event that you have to cancel your trip, your cancellation will entitle you to a refund of any deposit or payment made to us, less a cancellation fee. If you cancel on or before May 31, a $200 cancellation fee will be retained by Limitless Horizons Ixil. If you cancel on or before June 30, Limitless Horizons Ixil will retain a $500 cancellation fee. An $800 fee will be retained for cancellations made after June 30. The remainder of your payment will be refunded. You may claim a tax deduction for any payment retained by Limitless Horizons Ixil, as this will be considered a charitable donation.

 

What to Pack

See the packing list under downloads.

Questions? Contact lisa@limitlesshorizonsixil.org