Itinerary for Antigua & Atitlan in March with Eric Mencher & Andrew Sullivan

Photos by Eric Mencher

Photos by Eric Mencher

March 18-27: From the Cobblestones to the Lakeshore - Antigua & Atitlan, Guatemala with Eric Mencher, Andrew Sullivan & Rene Torres

Explore and enjoy three nights in the Spanish Colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua, Guatemala. Then travel through the hills to spend six nights in a lakeside inn at one of Latin America's most beautiful places - Santiago Atitlan.

Workshop tuition includes all instruction and mentoring, airport transfers, three nights accommodation in Antigua at Hotel Aurora, entrance fees to sites, round trip shuttle service to Santiago Atitlan, six nights lodging at Posada de Santiago, all meals during our time at the lake, boat transport to our locations around Atitlan, and the farewell dinner.

***Eric will be teaching the Antigua portion of the workshop, and Andrew will lead the Atitlan portion.

Our workshop schedule is below. We will follow this itinerary as closely as possible while providing flexibility to take advantage of spontaneous opportunities. 

Monday, March 18

¡Bienvenidos! Workshop participants arrive in Antigua. We will gather for dinner near our hotel in downtown Antigua.  Introductory session to discuss the workshop, address questions and concerns, talk about our individual and collective goals, and view slideshow. 

Tuesday, March 19

Early! (6:30 or 7am) We'll rise early to photograph the city's streets in spectacular crystalline light. Spend the morning photographing, perhaps pausing to have some of the world's best coffee (grown locally on the hillsides surrounding Antigua). This day will be a good introduction to the sites of Antigua, from the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina to the ruins of the 16th Century cathedral, destroyed by earthquake in 1773 and only partially rebuilt. In the afternoon, we'll set up individual meetings with Eric for portfolio reviews. As the sun goes down, we'll head back out in to the streets for low-light photography tutorials.

Wednesday, March 20

Early (again)! We'll keep working on our street photography, refining our sense of composition and light. Visits today will include the market, the Tanque La Union, and the Antiguo Colegio de la Compania de Jesus. Antigua's architecture fascinates the eye, and provides ample material for photographic studies of ancient details or wider storytelling perspectives. Explore ruins and amble the cobblestone streets to find captivating moments of daily life. We'll have another session of portfolio reviews in the afternoon, before meeting for dinner to say farewell to Eric.

Thursday, March 21

9am: Group leaves Antigua in our private shuttle, arrives Posada de Santiago in Santiago Atitlán, approximately noon

12:30pm: Group welcome lunch at the Posada

2:00pm: Orientation talk to discuss itinerary and goals for our time at the lake

3:00-5:00pm:  Relax!

5:00pm: Photograph by the lake or walk into town with Andrew and Rene to become acquainted with Santiago

7:30ish: Dinner and discussion and instruction of various apps to improve your iPhone photography

Friday, March 22

Early! (6:30 or 7am): Meet by the Posada’s dock to photograph as the sunrise illuminates the volcano across the water

8:00am: Quick breakfast at the Posada

9:00am: Walk (or take tuk-tuk!) into town to photograph Market Day in Santiago with Andrew and Rene

12:30-3: Lunch, free time to photograph, enjoy the lake or swimming pool, or meet with instructors

4:30pm: Photograph around Santiago, download and edit pictures, or one-on-one critiques with instructors

7:00 Dinner and discussion 

Santa Catarina Palopo. Photo by Andrew Sullivan

Santa Catarina Palopo. Photo by Andrew Sullivan

Saturday, March 23 Experience the Magic of Lake Atitlán // Experiment with New Tools

Early breakfast

8:00am: Leave on lancha (boat) for daytrip across the lake to Santa Catarina and San Antonio Palopó 

6:00pm: Return to Posada de Santiago

7:00: Dinner and discussion

After dinner: Edit

Sunday, March 24 Moments - In the Towns of the Saints  

7:00am: Breakfast

8:30am: Meet at the Posada dock for lancha to San Marcos, San Juan, and San Pedro

12pm: Lunch

6:00pm: Return to Santiago
7:00pm: Dinner and discussion

San Pedro, photo by Andrew Sullivan

San Pedro, photo by Andrew Sullivan

Monday, March 26

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am: Critiques and editing to prepare for final slideshow

1:00pm: Critiques continue

3:00pm: Free time or walk into town 

5:00pm: Lakeside cocktail hour with informal conversation and exchange of thoughts, ideas, experiences

6:00pm: Group slideshow

7:00 Farewell dinner with live music

Tuesday, March 27

Early breakfast
8:30am: Pack 

10:00am: Depart for the airport

We hope that you leave energized--not exhausted--having made new friends and supporters, well on your way to refining your personal vision.

The workshop costs $3500 per person and includes instruction, three nights at Hotel Aurora in Antigua, six nights at Posada de Santiago in Atitlan, airport transfers, ground transportation to and from Lake Atitlan, all meals at Lake Atitlan, and boat transportation to our locations around the lake.