RUTAHSA ADVENTURES presents...
La Antigua Guatemala
RUTAHSA's CENTRAL AMERICAN TRIPS for 2010:
EXOTIC GUATEMALA IS OUR SPECIALTY!
For 2010 we are offering a choice of two very different trips to Guatemala:
Escape the summer heat with a visit to the Land of Eternal Springtime! Many
people envision all of Central America as a land of torrid tropics, which is
true for the coastal lowlands, but most Guatemalans live in the central volcanic
plateaux, where they enjoy cool springtime temperatures all year round! July
and August are great months to visit Guatemala and get away from the summer heat
of the U.S.! Check out our summer excursion to Guatemala:
Guatemala Land of Eternal Springtime.
Back by popular demand in 2010 is our Day of the Dead excursion featuring the
wonderful kite-flying ceremonies performed in the cemetery of Santiago
Sacatepéquez on Nov. 1 and much more! Here's the 2010 itinerary:
2010 Guatemala Day of the Dead trip.
We expect this trip to fill fast-- based on the response to our 2005 and 2008
Day of the Dead trips, so if you are interested, look the itinerary over now
and request an application soon!
Our 2001 Guatemala summer excursion sold out, as did our Guatemala New Year's
trip 2002/03! And so did our Easter 2004 trip, our 2005 Day of the Dead trip,
our 2007 Easter trip and our 2008 Day of the Dead trip. So don't wait too long
to sign on. If you haven't made up your mind about visiting Guatemala yet, be
sure to visit our web pages on Antigua, Chichicastenango, Maya costume, and
Pacaya Volcano-- Seeing these pages will convince you! So much to see in a
country just the size of Tennessee!
RUTAHSA's COSTA RICA TRIP for 2010:
Rutahsa's 2008 COSTA RICA excursion was a hit, with us as well as with our
travelers, so we returned in 2009 to cover some new ground, crossing Costa Rica
from ocean to ocean, with a side trip into Nicaragua! And what a trip it was!
In addition to beautiful scenery and fascinating history, we had the most successful
wildlife viewing trip in all of Rutahsa's two decades of operations. We saw whales,
crocodiles, boa constrictors, peccaries, four species of monkeys, sloths, coatimundi,
tarantulas, two kinds of iguanas, giant beetles, various species of bats, sea turtles
laying eggs, and hatchling turtles flopping their way to the sea. Birds? We saw
macaws, motmots, hummingbirds galore, flycatchers, hawks, caracaras, all sorts of water
birds, woodpeckers, various trogons, including the breath-taking Resplendent quetzal
(up close and highly photographable!). We had a simply phenomenal nature trip.
On top of that we swam in the ocean, rode thrilling zip lines through the cloud forest
canopy, hiked, did some whitewater rafting, visited the crater of an active volcano,
ate good food and made good friends. What a trip! We are going to run this trip again
in 2010-- we are in the process of reserving the services, and will have the website
complete with prices as soon as possible. In the meantime, here's our fabulous itinerary
for 2010: 2010 Costa Rica itinerary. Write now to put
your name on the "notify first list" for when the 2010 trip is ready for sign-ups!
Costa Rica is a birdwatcher's and animal lover's paradise. Look what we saw on
just one trip: Wildlife of Costa Rica
WHAT RUTAHSA ADVENTURER RAY McALLISTER SAW AT TIKAL JUNE 2001:
"I was walking through Tikal preserve around 4:40 PM. The sky
threatened rain and the forest floor was dim. I came around a bend in the
narrow trail and noticed something large across it. I froze and could scarcely
believe my eyes. On the trail 20 feet in front of me was a jaguar lying on his
left side. His tail was pointed down the trail towards me. His head was
cocked over his right shoulder. His dark eyes were studying me...intensely.
We both stared at each other for perhaps 10 seconds...it's difficult to
objectively gauge time in a charged situation like that. He was about the size
of a large Rottweiler, maybe 80 pounds, with a stocky build. His coat was a
dull yellow brown with black spots. I think he may have been rolling in the
trail dust when I stumbled upon him. The big cat eventually decided I was
neither a threat nor a meal, sprang to his feet, and padded away down the
trail, not in too much of a hurry." --Ray McAllister, on Rutahsa Adventures'
June 2001 Guatemala trip.
To enquire about Rutahsa's Guatemala group excursions or to arrange guided
trips for your private party, e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For an independent evaluation of Rutahsa's Guatemala excursions, take a look at
what the travel experts at Arthur Frommer's "Vacations for Real People" have
to say about our Guatemala trips. Frommer's has reviewed and highly
recommended our Guatemala trips since 1998. Here's their review of our summer
2002 Guatemala excursion: Frommer's Guate-02 review. And here's their latest rave: Frommer's 2005
Guate-05 recommendation. Don't forget to use your "back" button
to return to Rutahsa's homepage!
Rutahsa's 1999, 2000, 2001 and New Years 2002 and 2003 Guatemala Excursions
were terrific successes. Not only was Guatemala wonderful as always, but the
groups were composed of marvelous traveling companions: artists, architects,
teachers, students, social activist lawyers, physicians, radiologists, an EPA
scientist, a highway engineer, a speech pathologist, an historic
preservationist, computer software and hardware specialists, an insurance
adjuster, and retirees of various backgrounds. Quite a variety! We feel
privileged to travel with such people.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you! It was incredible and I look
forward to returning." --Jo Stealey, participant in the 1999 Guatemala trip.
K'iche' Maya vegetable vendors in the Chichicastenango
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