Mayans, Mountains, and Medicine: GUATEMALA!

Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

27 reviews
Oct 28 - Nov 5, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16
Mayans, Mountains, and Medicine: GUATEMALA!
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

27 reviews

Oct 28 - Nov 5, 2023
Group size: 1 - 16

About this trip

Dr. Stuart Seides, physician chief executive of MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) and Anne Seides Vice President, Surgery, Orthopedics and Neurosciences at MedStar Health, invite you to join them in Guatemala for a journey beyond compare. 

Engage in meaningful interaction and collaboration with healthcare professionals, academics, government, and community leaders focused on improving the healthcare infrastructure and delivery in Guatemala. Develop an appreciation of Guatemala’s response to health challenges through a mutual exchange with representatives from local hospitals and universities. Hosts may include local speakers as well as visit to facilities like the Hospitalito Atitlán and a local university such as Universidad de San Carlos (USAC)

Learn about the importance of alternative medicine and the role of the local Birthlady” and Shaman in the indigenous Mayan communities. 45% of Guatemala's population is indigenous.


This journey is especially unique as we have partnered with a social enterprise, Ninos de Guatemala, who invest all their profits in the education of almost 600 children in Guatemala. Your participation directly supports their mission, and you will have an opportunity to see firsthand the amazing work they are doing. 

Cultural highlights on this unique journey include: hiking an active volcano, exploring the colonial town of Antigua, a day trip to explore Tikal National Park, one of the world’s finest examples of pre-Columbian Mayan civilization and museum visits in Guatemala City. Journey to Lake Atitlan, once described as “the closest thing to Eden on Earth” by Lonely Planet and visit indigenous communities to learn about the cultural heritage and daily life. 

Non-healthcare professionals are warmly welcomed on this journey and will enjoy privately guided cultural activities while the delegates are in meetings. Highlights for guests include a local cooking class, chocolate workshop and a visit to a honeybee farm in addition to the group activities mentioned above. 

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What’s included

  • Hotel Accommodations
    Hotels including daily breakfast
  • Most Meals
    Breakfast & lunch daily, 4 dinners as described in the itinerary
  • Local Guide
    Local English speaking guide will be with you throughout
  • Private local transport
    Private transport and driver as well as private boat transfers at Lake Atitlan
  • 24/7 Travel Support
    Nanda Journeys team support before, during and after travel. 24/7 during travel.
  • Professional Meetings
    10-20 hours of professional exchanges with your counterparts in host country
  • Unique Itinerary
    Nanda Journeys has designed this program exclusively for Stuart, Anne and their guests
  • Community Impact
    This journey directly supports several small businesses and an NGO providing much needed economic support for their organizations.
  • Most Tips
    Tips for restaurants, local guides included
  • Passport & Visas
    Passport application, renewal and visas (if applicable) are not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    Meals include soft drinks with alcoholic beverages being at your own personal expense
  • Meals
    Meals not mentioned
  • Insurance
    Travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended. Nanda Journeys will provide recommendations
  • Tips
    Tips for national guide and hotel staff are not included. Suggested tipping $10-15 per day guide, $5-7 driver, $2-4 in room maid service.
  • Personal Items
    Any item purchased at the hotel or restaurant which is not mentioned in the daily itinerary
  • Flights
    International flights not included. Nanda Journeys can assist with booking flights, or you can book your own.

Available Packages

Shared Room Land Only

By selecting this package you acknowledge flights are not included. Nanda Journeys can provide booking assistance with flights. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions  HERE 

** Nanda Journeys will endeavor to assist persons requesting a roommate, however, a shared room cannot be guaranteed. Participants will be contacted to confirm space in a shared occupancy room approx. 90 days prior to travel. If we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate, the enrollee will be invoiced the applicable single supplement **

Deposit: $500
Single Room Land Only

 By selecting this package you acknowledge flights are not included. Nanda Journeys can provide booking assistance with flights. Please review Booking Terms & Conditions HERE 

Deposit: $500


Day 1
Arrival in Antigua, Guatemala

Journey to Guatemala, a country otherwise known as the “Land of Trees” and once referred to as the ‘closest thing to Eden on earth” by Lonely Planet. After claiming your luggage and clearing customs in Guatemala City, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Antigua (about an hour away). {Flights not included, can be booked for an additional fee} 

Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake. 

The Good Hotel is a former private mansion and a small boutique hotel infused with minimalistic design and local touches. It has been chosen for its wonderful location and relaxed and friendly environment, but more importantly, for the unique and important role it plays in giving back to the local community of Antigua. All profits from the hotel go directly to funding three local schools that have been established to educate over 500 children in underserved communities in Guatemala.

Rooms feature traditional washing sinks, private patios and open-air showers. All rooms surround the inner garden and have a small writing desk, safe, coffee and tea amenities, luxurious towels, rain and hand-held shower, as well as organic bathroom amenities made locally.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at Welten Restaurant.

Overnight: Good Hotel

Included Meals: Dinner


Your Organizer

Nanda Journeys
27 reviews
Nanda Journeys offers theme-focused trips to global destinations that speak to your interests, bringing together travelers with purpose and passion to explore the world in an meaningful way. We create travel programs for the diverse, adventurous explorer united in a desire: to not only experience a destination, but to truly experience a culture & connect with its people, visiting unexplored, off-the-beaten path destinations, that provide an opportunity to give back, and make a meaningful difference in the communities they visit.


This was a wonderful trip. We accomplished business and were able to see and learn about South Africa. Our local guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. This was my third trip with this group of people and my first time with Nanda. I look forward to more.
By Michael K for South Africa Financial Planning Journey on 23 Nov, 2022
Mike and Christy, we are thrilled to hear that the professional and cultural experiences were enjoyed! We are very fortunate to have wonderful leaders (Hari), great local partners, and amazing clients that engage in these experiences with excitement and vigor! Thank you for continuing to explore your profession and the world with Nanda Journeys, we are excited for 2023 and hope you'll be able to join us. With appreciation. Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 23 Nov, 2022
This was a dream trip that I've had for 40 years, and the wait was worth it! Hotel accommodations, restaurants, in country travel were all top-notch. Events planned, such as Jeep safari in Highlands, boat ride on Loch Tay, whiskey tasting, were both informative and fun. Our tour guide gave us detailed historical descriptions of architecture, city life, universities, castles, village life, infrastructure, economic plans, environmental conservancy throughout the tour. There is so much more that I could say about Joan and the trip itself. Nanda Journeys did a fantastic job putting this trip together and responsive to our needs. This was my second trip with Nanda and I will gladly travel with them in the future.
By Joel D for Journey of Purpose & Discovery Scotland on 22 Nov, 2022
Joel, what a pleasure it is to read your note and to know we were part of a lifelong dream to visit Scotland! We are delighted it lived up to your expectations! Nanda means joy in Sanskrit, and we beam with pride every time we hear that our guests have had a joyful and happy experience! We are so very fortunate to have friends and travel partners around the world that care so deeply about our clients experience and also about the communities we visit, we know you saw that too in Peru! I hope you have some new pictures for your dental office, I wonder if the Highland Cow will make the cut? Thank you for your friendship, loyalty and advocacy, without which Nanda Journeys would not be possible. We look forward to adventuring with you in 2023!
By Nanda Journeys on 23 Nov, 2022
Maybe I'm a little biased (I was the Group Leader), but this was a really enjoyable trip! Loads to learn, see and do - and that's the point of these Study Tours. To broaden your mind and get a far better/deeper understanding of how/why things work in other countries. Can't wait until the next one!
By Hari M for South Africa Financial Planning Journey on 21 Nov, 2022
Hari, we are delighted to hear that everyone had an enjoyable journey and that it was a rewarding learning experience! Thank you for your leadership, support and advocacy, we couldn't do this without you! We are likewise very much looking forward to the next Financial Planning study journey! Nicola
By Nanda Journeys on 21 Nov, 2022
Wonderful adventure supporting Ninos de Guatemala. The accommodations and meals were exceptional. But most important was the comradeship of the group, getting to the know the Guatemalan people, learning their trades, history and beautiful countryside. Our Guide, Tania was exceptional and so very knowledgeable and driver Henry was the best. Nicola did a great job with the organization of the tour. Thanks so very much.
By Sandra P for Journey of Purpose and Discovery Guatemala with Nicola Balmain on 14 Nov, 2022
Sandy, we are thrilled you were able to join us in Guatemala! Thank you for your kind words and participation. Nicola was so happy to be able to connect with you and all the other guests and delighted that you loved Guatemala as much as we do. We are grateful to our amazing partners Ninos de Guatemala who are doing amazing things to support the children of their community. Tania and Henry are truly amazing and they for sure enriched the experience. Thank you again for joining us.
By Nanda Journeys on 14 Nov, 2022
This trip was wonderful! The hotels along with their breakfasts and some where we also ate suppers, the bus drivers, our tour guide who really tried to make sure everyone had a great time, restaurants on the trip, the Jeep and water safaris, chocolate tasting tour, whiskey tour, sightseeing - I loved it all! I completed everything I set out to do - with one exception because of the rain, I guess I'll have to go back again! I didn't know anyone before going on the tour, but conversations flowed well! They are a great bunch of people. I don't think you can top that trip!
By Pamela C for Journey of Purpose & Discovery Scotland on 13 Nov, 2022
Pam, thank you so much for your kind words! We are absolutely delighted to her that Scotland lived up to your expectations. Thank you for joining us and we look forward to helping you return again one day!
By Nanda Journeys on 14 Nov, 2022
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