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YPS 2013 Retreat - Guatemala

ASTA's Young Professionals Society (YPS)

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Retreat Registration (May 18-22, 2013)
This retreat is open to current ASTA YPS travel agent members in the U.S. and Canada only who are born after May 18, 1973 (under 40 years old).
$100.00 $6.49
Optional Pretour to Tikal (May 16-18, 2013)
This optional extension is available to YPS members who are attending the full retreat only.
$369.00 $21.29

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This year we have decided to take the retreat in a new exciting direction. 

Often our clients come to us, and they have a good idea of where (they think) they want to go. Others are a little less sure, and they are likely open to something new. At YPS we like to consider ourselves on the cutting edge, with new ideas and new concepts, but also new destinations that broaden our specialties and value to our clients.

But a destination like Guatemala is tough to sell, if you have never experienced it in person. It’s an incredible destination, and offers a large variety of landscapes: ranging from towering volcanic peaks, vast rain forests and jungles, to old colonial cities and dominant Mayan ruins. This retreat is being hosted by INGUAT and they have created a fantastic itinerary for us and are exposing us to the heart and soul of their beautiful country. You might even say they are spoiling us a little, when you look at the accommodation choices!!

No visit is to Guatemala is complete without a visit to the ruins at Tikal. We have been able to secure a pre-tour to visit these stunning pyramids. Addition registration is required. 


So don’t miss it, as always, the experience will be informative, educational and entertaining... 



SATURDAY MAY 18: Welcome to Guatemala (D)

Book your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Arrival to Guatemala City where you will be met by Go Latin Guatemala staff for the transfer to the hotel. 

Accommodations: Hotel Westin Camino Real (


SUNDAY MAY 19: Chichicastenango Market / Lake Atitlan (B,L,D)

Departure to Chichicastenango, where you will see the most colorful and picturesque outdoor market in Guatemala, where every Thursday and Sunday locals from the region, gather to buy and sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, animals, textiles and handicrafts. Relevant is the visit to the Santo Tomás Church, where the Maya-Quiché pray to their gods according to the old Maya traditions. After the visit continue to Lake Atitlán.

Accommodations: Hotel Atitlan (


MONDAY MAY 20: Boat to Santiago+Santa Catarina. / PM continue to Antigua (B,L,D)

Lake Atitlán was formed by a caldera (collapsed volcanic cone) and is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes (San Pedro, Atitlán and Tolimán) and 12 picturesque Maya-Cakchiquel and Maya.Tzutuhil villages.

Today you will visit two of these villages: Santiago Atitlán and Santa Catarina Palopó.

Departure in the morning by boat to the Maya-Tzutuhil village of Santiago Atitlán, famous for Maximón, a character that is widely worshiped by the inhabitants of Santiago. Santiago also offers a variety of handicrafts, colorful textiles, woodcarvings and naïf paintings.  After the visit continue to Santa Catarina Palopó for the town visit and then return to Panajachel. 

In the afternoon continue to Antigua.

Accommodations: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo x 2 nights (


TUESDAY MAY 21: Antigua (B,L,D)

Stepping in Antigua is like stepping back in time… cobbled stone streets, sprays of bougainvillea bursting from crumbling ruins, pastel façades under terracotta roofs, parks with fountains & a dramatic setting surrounded by three volcanoes: Agua, Fuego & Acatenango.  These are one of the reasons why Antigua is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in the Americas & declared by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Humankind”.  We start the day traveling to the village of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, famous for its textiles and handicrafts.  Then we continue to visit the Centro Cultural La Azotea, where you will enjoy a guided visit to a Coffee Farm and the Traditional Mayan Music Museum Casa K’Ojom.  After tasting a cup of one of the finest coffees in Antigua, we continue to Antigua’s Historic Centre, starting from the Main Plaza and visiting the main monuments of the city.


WEDNESDAY MAY 22: Transfer to Guatemala Airport (B)

At the specified time, transfer from the hotel to the GUA airport for your flight back home. 




 THURSDAY MAY 16: Welcome to Guatemala

Book your flight to arrive by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Arrival to Guatemala City where you will be met by Go Latin Guatemala staff for the transfer to the hotel. 

Accommodations: Hotel Barceló Premium (

WEDNESDAY MAY 17: Tikal National Park (B,L,D)

Early in the morning, transfer from the hotel to the airport, to board the flight to Flores, Petén.

The Northern part of Guatemala was the birthplace of the great Mayan Civilization. The region witnessed the rise and fall of this ancient culture that was a very advanced stratified society which lived harmoniously with nature. The Maya were excellent astronomers and mathematicians and developed a complex hieroglyphic scripture. They were also very skilled in arts, stone carving and architecture, and established a vast commercial net-work from the North of Mexico to Costa Rica. The fall and collapse of this great civilization is still a true enigma.

The majestic city of Tikal, considered the largest and most monumental of all sites discovered in the Mayan World, was declared by UNESCO as a “World Heritage Site”. Enjoy a guided walking tour to visit the most important plazas, complexes, temples, ball courts, palaces and stelae. Also enjoy the tropical forest, nesting place of hundreds of exotic birds and the habitat of a wide variety of exotic birds and the habitat of a wide variety of wildlife.  In the afternoon return to Santa Elena to board the flight back to Guatemala City.

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Maya (


THURSDAY MAY 18: Flight back to GUA.  Join FAM Group. (B)

At the specified time, transfer from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Guatemala City.  Join with the rest of the participants for the FAM TRIP.

Accommodations: Hotel Westin Camino Real (



Have questions about YPS 2013 Retreat - Guatemala? Contact ASTA's Young Professionals Society (YPS)


ASTA's Young Professionals Society (YPS)

In 2002, ASTA’s leadership created the Young Professionals Society for the purpose of networking, education, and career development. YPS is a free program for ASTA members and employees of premium agencies under the age of 40.  YPS is a place for agents to network, learn, and grow in their careers. YPS is where new young travel professionals gather to learn about the industry and make connections with experienced peers who can act as mentors.  Our mission is to be the industry voice of young travel agents.

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