Guatemalan Ties—Our Flagship Program
June 30-July 11, 2024

Guatemalan Ties Lite
June 30-July 7, 2024


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Our 2025 dates:

Guatemalan Ties—Our Flagship Program
June 29 - July 10, 2025

July 13 - July 24, 2025

Guatemalan Ties Lite
June 29 - July 6, 2025

June 29 - July 20, 2025

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Other Trips to Guatemala with Ties

Explore Tikal and New Year's Eve in Antigua 2024/2025!

From Antigua to Tikal, immerse yourself in the Guatemalan culture and welcome in the New Year. You can also choose to enhance your stay and celebrate Christmas in Antigua.

Ties trips are designed exclusively for adoptees and those who love them. This trip is open to adoptive families of all forms and from all countries. This trip does not provide the same level of support as our summer Heritage Journeys and, therefore, is not generally recommended for Guatemalan adoptees who are returning to Guatemala for the firs time. That being said, you know the adoptee in your family best, please reach out to our staff to discuss if this trip is a good fit for your family.


December 27, 2024 - January 4, 2025

Pre-trip extension:

December 23 - December 27, 2024

Who is Guatemala Ties for?

  • Guatemalan adoptees of all ages, accompanied by those who are part of their lives.
  • Parents, grandparents, siblings, extended family
  • Spouses, children of adoptees, friends, significant others

How Old Are the Adoptees?

  • In 2024, the youngest adoptee will be 16 years old
  • The oldest adoptee is likely to be in their 30s
  • There may be siblings of adoptees who are younger or older

Trip Highlights

  • Arrive in Guatemala City, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to your hotel in Antigua. Guatemalan Ties families stay in first class to moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Meet foster mothers and other special people related to your adoption.
  • Visit places remembered from your previous journey to Guatemala.
  • Make tortillas with the children who attend the Niños con Bendición after school program.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees transportation and translator arrangements.
  • Next stop: Panajachel. Along the way stop at Reserva Atitlán where nature’s beauty surrounds you. You are invited to take in the beauty while sipping a cold drink. Or you may opt to zipline or hike. 
  • Option to travel to Chichicastenango to experience Guatemala's largest market or kayak on beautiful Lake Atitlán.
  • Set sail on beautiful Lake Atitlán, situated between Tolimán and San Pedro volcanoes.
  • Learn about traditional Maya culture while visiting the coastal town of  San Juan, where you’ll stop by an artist’s home for a painting class.
  • Attend a weaving demonstration and open your eyes to how the colorful dyes are made from local plants.
  • Visit the ruins of Iximche, a spiritual center for the Mayas.
  • Continue to Antigua, the first capital of Guatemala! While strolling cobble-stoned streets, notice the churches, plazas, parks and volcanoes of the area.

Guatemalan Ties Lite families will enjoy a night in Antigua, then return to Guatemala City for their flight home. Guatemalan Ties families will continue to ....

  • Tour an independent coffee plantation supported by De La Gente (a nonprofit fair trade organization) where you’ll meet local families and have lunch in the farmer's home.
  • Roast, grind, brew and taste the freshest cup of coffee you will ever taste.
  • Witness the power of partnership plays while visiting the village of Yalu.
  • Participate in the Bunk Bed Project, providing beds to families in need.
  • Hike Pacaya Volcano.
  • Enjoy a festive farewell dinner celebrating new friendships and reflecting on the journey you’ve shared.

Interested in visiting Tikal? We offer a 2 day extension.

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We are absolutely thrilled to share that we have partnered with Adoptees with Guatemalan Roots, a fantastic organization dedicated to helping Guatemalan adoptees discover their identity and reconnect with their roots in Guatemala. Together, we hope to build a community of support and provide access to resources to Guatemalan adoptees. We can't wait to see the positive impact that this partnership will have!
  • Ties Program Features

    How to prepare, opportunities to process. YOUR NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION!

  • Possibilities for Adoption Visits

    Connect with people and places related to your adoption. SEE WHAT'S POSSIBLE!

  • Related Services

    Flights, Connect & Chat, Staying Connected. LEARN MORE!

  • Financial Help

    Need financial help? Or would you like to help an adoptee make this important journey? OPTIONS & IDEAS!

  • Project Kindness

    Created especially so that Ties participants can help in the communities they have visited. BE INSPIRED!

  • Read & Learn

    Articles to help you on this journey of identity. DIVE DEEP INTO INFORMATION!

"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam