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Help w/first Guatemala trip/Spanish School

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I'm thinking about planning my first trip to Guatemala for next spring or fall and would love advice.

I'd like to hit Antigua and Atitlan for sure, but am open to suggestions. I would like to center the trip around a week of Spanish school with sidetrips on either weekend. (We'd likely have 11-12 days total.)

I'd like advice on selecting a location to study, and then selecting a school. I've only had two previous Spanish school trips (CPI in San Joaquin, Costa Rica, and Ixbalanque in Copan, Honduras). I loved the non-touristy nature of San Joaquin, and the academic rigor, but afternoon excursions were pricey and required a lot of van/bus time. I loved the size of Copan, the ability to arrange local tours that were quite close to the town, and the fact that most people spoke Spanish (or felt that or bad Spanish was preferable to their English).

We'll be two women traveling, so we have the usual considerations for safety.

Hopefulist, nonstop, others, how do you go about picking a town and a school? And are there any in Guatemala that you would recommend, given my experiences?

Hopefulist, your San Pedro school is on my list, and I'd love to hear any other thoughts you have.

Thanks in advance!
Melissa

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