Guatemala Heritage Journeys

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Private Travel

Ties Journeys of Discovery–Guatemala
Culture and Service Trips

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You are going to be your heritage journey!
  • Arrive in Guatemala City, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Guatemalan Ties families stay in first class to moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Meet foster mothers and other special people related to your adoption.
  • Visit places remembered from your previous journey to Guatemala.
  • Make tortillas with the children who attend the Niños con Bendición after school program.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees transportation and translator arrangements.
  • Next stop: Panajachel. Along the way stop at Reserva Atitlan where nature’s beauty surrounds you. zip line, hike or sip a drink. 
  • Travel to Chichicastenango, also known as ChiChi, to explore the Catholic and Mayan spiritual traditions at Iglesia de Santo Tomás. Interact with local vendors as you shop at Guatemala’s largest market in ChiChi.
  • Set sail on the beautiful Lake Atitlán, situated between Tolimán and San Pedro volcanoes.
  • Learn about traditional Maya culture while visiting the coastal town of  San Juan, where you’ll stop by an artist’s home for a painting class.
  • Attend a weaving demonstration and open your eyes to how the colorful dyes are made from local plants.
  • Visit the ruins of Iximche, a spiritual center for the Mayas.
  • Continue to Antigua, the first capital of Guatemala! While strolling cobble-stoned streets, notice the churches, plazas, parks and volcanoes of the area.

Guatemalan Ties Lite families will enjoy a night in Antigua, then return to Guatemala City for their flight home. Guatemalan Ties families will continue to ….

  • Tour an independent coffee plantation supported by De La Gente (a nonprofit fair trade organization) where you’ll meet local families and have lunch in the farmer’s home.
  • Roast, grind, brew and taste the freshest cup of coffee you will ever taste.
  • Witness the power of partnership plays while visiting the village of Yalu.
  • Participate in the Bunk Bed Project, providing beds to families in need.
  • Hike Pacaya Volcano.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner celebrating new friendships and reflecting on the journey you’ve shared.

Interested in visiting Tikal? Join us for a 2 day extension.

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  • Ties Program Features

    How to prepare, opportunities to process. YOUR NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION!

  • Possibilities for Adoption Visits

    Connect with people and places related to your adoption. SEE WHAT'S POSSIBLE!

  • Related Services

    Flights, Connect & Chat, Staying Connected. LEARN MORE!

  • Financial Help

    Need financial help? Or would you like to help an adoptee make this important journey? OPTIONS & IDEAS!

  • Project Kindness

    Created especially so that Ties participants can help in the communities they have visited. BE INSPIRED!

  • Read & Learn

    Articles to help you on this journey of identity. DIVE DEEP INTO INFORMATION!

"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam