ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

QUICK FACTS

DATES + DETAILS

  • Four weeks: January 5 – February 2, 2025
  • Four weeks: February 9 – March 9, 2025
  • Standard Package: four days per week, 9:30 – 3:00
  • Participants must be aged 7-16 when hub launches

FEES

  • TBD: Standard Package per participant
  • TBD: Optional: One-on-one Spanish tutoring (4, 6, or 8 hours weekly)
  • TBD: Optional: 4 full day Friday Field Trips

ABOUT ANTIGUA

Colonial Antigua has enticed travelers for decades with its colonaded, vibrant main square, cobblestone streets, brightly-painted buildings, and mix of local and Western. Crave true Guatemala? Wander the meandering market while munching a pupusa or seeking out chicken pepian. Missing home? Hit a coffeeshop for a latte made with Guatemalan beans. The small, navigable city boasts baroque churches, spooky monasteries in ruins, and indigenous Mayan food and craft. Antigua sits in the shadow of three volcanos: Agua, Acetenango, and Fuego. The first two are hikable; the third dramatically puffs smoke several times per hour…. from a safe distance. Cap your experience at our Hub with an added visit to the 4,000-year-old Mayan city of Tikal, one of the largest and best-preserved Mayan archeological sites on the planet.

ABOUT OUR HUB

Deliberate Detour participants experience all the gifts Antigua has to offer: its Mayan history, natural and agricultural treasures, artistic traditions, and more. On any given day, they may make chocolate from cacao seeds native to Guatemala, try their hand at Mayan weaving, or taste fruits like mamey and passion fruit… and so much more. On optional Friday Field Trips, they travel farther afield, perhaps visiting a macadamia nut farm or roasting marshmallows near Pacaya Volcano’s lava vents.

We combine immersive outings with quieter days at the hub space where participants play teambuilding games, relax in the reading nook, engage in a history talk with a local expert, and circle up to reflect on the day’s activities.

While participants learn, grow, and form connections, their parents are free to work in one of Antigua’s lovely cafes or co-working spaces. Or perhaps they embark on a guided architectural walk or a visit to one of the largest markets in Central America in Chichicastenango, organized by Deliberate Detour, making connections and memories all their own.

ABOUT OUR HUB

Deliberate Detour participants experience all the gifts Antigua has to offer: its Mayan history, natural and agricultural treasures, artistic traditions, and more. On any given day, they may make chocolate from cacao seeds native to Guatemala, try their hand at Mayan weaving, or taste fruits like mamey and passion fruit… and so much more. On Thursday Field Trips, they travel farther afield, perhaps visiting a macadamia nut farm or roasting marshmallows near Pacaya Volcano’s lava vents.

We combine immersive outings with quieter days at the hub space where participants play teambuilding games, relax in the reading nook, engage in a history talk with a local expert, and circle up to reflect on the day’s activities.

While participants learn, grow, and form connections, their parents are free to work in one of Antigua’s lovely cafes or co-working spaces. Or perhaps they embark on a guided architectural walk or a visit to one of the largest markets in Central America at Chichicastenango, organized by Deliberate Detour, making connections and memories all their own.

CHOOSE FROM TWO MONTHS!

January 5 – February 2, 2025 or February 9- March 9, 2025

We accept only 16 participants per month, who must be aged 7 to 16 on the first day. Mark your calendar for our enrollment date!

EDUCATION STYLE

What Are We Not? We are not a school. Our hubs do not replace traditional school. We do not incorporate reading, writing, or math, nor do we provide formal lessons in academic content. We are not able to support homeschooling needs (like helping a child log on to an online class) during hub time.

What Are We?

  • We provide opportunities to learn through experience, to make real what might only be available in books. We focus on history and culture in all of its forms: art, craft, textile, cuisine, social structures, and indigenous beliefs. We use all five senses to learn.
  • We behave like summer camp. We play, explore, create, and laugh together, and sometimes, an expert teaches us something fascinating. Our explorations focus on Antigua, its people, history, and culture.
  • We support personal growth by challenging children to notice and embrace difference, collaborate, develop grit, communicate and listen attentively, practice patience, and build global perspectives that include curiosity, creativity, and respect.
  • We offer some structure and some space for play. We believe that freedom to play and explore should be a part of every child’s day, and we also believe that adult-curated activities can have meaning and impact.

ENROLLMENT COMING SOON

Join Deliberate Detour and a dozen other families for a life-changing experience in Antigua. Our enrollment window opens in May for Guatemala programs!