?More than a vacation, the Great Guatemalan Challenge is an affordable adventure for the spiritually minded traveler. Over eight days in January, we’ll find ourselves hiking an active volcano, exploring Spanish and Maya villages, sleeping in bunks and beds in awesome hostels and mountain lodges, and coming together as a group as we navigate the challenges of backpacking in a foreign country. Along the way, we’ll meet with community leaders devoted to alleviating poverty in some of Guatemala’s poorest communities, and though we’ll be traveling as a group, there will be plenty of alone time for prayer, reflection, journaling, and just plain rest as we all take in the meaning of our experiences. The trip is limited to 12 participants.
For this trip to be a success, you’ll need an open mind, a positive attitude, a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and roll with the unexpected, moderate physical fitness, effective communication skills, an awareness of your own limits, and an ability to work well in a team atmosphere. This is no resort getaway! So leave your cell phone and fancy camera at home, and come on an adventure that will likely leave none of us unchanged.