Medical Mission and
WHEELCHAIRS FOR CHILDREN COMBINED WITH
AND NATURAL HISTORY ADVENTURE
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
February 10 - 17, 2018
A wheelchair can affect
the life of a disabled child in a profoundly positive
About the Wilderness and
Wheelchair Delivery Project and CME course:
The project takes place
in the charming city of Antigua and a village near the
very beautiful Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Most families in
Guatemala are financially unable to purchase a
wheelchair for their disabled child. The purpose for
this medical mission is to provide specially constructed
and fitted wheelchairs to disabled children in this
It is estimated that at least 100 million
children and adults worldwide are in need of a
wheelchair but cannot afford one. Some
international organizations have shown that the
number could be as high as 6% of the population
in some developing countries. A wheelchair can
truly make a profound and life-changing
difference in the life of a child. This
week-long medical mission trip was designed so
that physicians of all specialties, along with
their families and guests can take an active
role in the wheelchair delivery. Every
participant on this trip will be involved in
this project. The entire team will experience
the joy of personally fitting and delivering the
wheelchairs to disabled children.
The children are selected and escorted to the
wheelchair factory by our partner Hope Haven.
They come from homes around the entire country
and are accompanied by their families to the
wheelchair fitting location.
This Guatemala medical mission is a
non-profit trip. $500.00 of the cost of the trip
provides two wheelchairs and transportation for
the recipients and their families to the fitting
site. Each attendee will be "sponsoring" all of
the costs for two children. You will be
personally involved fitting and delivering the
wheelchair to these children.
Absolutely no previous
experience in wheelchair fitting is necessary
because expert technicians will be on site to
instruct you and guide you every step of the way
as you fit the wheelchair to the child. We have planned
two separate days for wheelchair fittings during
This trip also includes Wilderness
and Travel Medicine CME and exploration of some
of the fantastic scenery and culture in this
charming and beautiful part of Guatemala!
Please see the trip itinerary below.
Our hope is that this short
term medical mission trip will increase the awareness of
the needs and abilities of people with physical
disabilities, and also promote the joy of giving and
This young girl has been carried her entire life. Her Father brings her to the factory where she will receive her first wheelchair.
The wilderness medicine team measure her to facilitate accurate adjustment of a wheelchair as her Father watches.
Huge smiles from the children along with tears and hugs from parents make this trip heartwarming and incredibly rewarding.
TRIP DATES: February 10 - 17, 2018
Guatemala - an ancient
and picturesque colonial
city surrounded by
fantastic cultural ,
volcanoes, and natural
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
- One of Guatemalas
most spectacular natural
attraction; famous for
its grandeur and
colorful Mayan villages.
Day 1 - Arrive
in Antigua. Check into
our hotel. CME
lecture followed by a
welcome group dinner.
Day 2 - Half day
guided walking tour of
will explore one of the
most enjoyable and
walkable cities on earth
visiting 16th century
monuments such as Saint
Catalina Arch, Capuchins
Convent, and La Merced
Church which adjoins the
local hospital. Visit
local markets in the
afternoon. CME lecture
followed by a group
Day 3 -
Wheelchair seating at
Hope Haven factory. We will meet
the families of children
who have been selected
to receive a wheelchair
and adjust the
wheelchairs to fit each
individual child. Lunch
at the factory. Late
afternoon CME lecture
followed by a group
Day 4 - Drive to
Lake Atitlan and check
into our hotel.
Afternoon boat tour with
a visit to two Indian
villages. CME lecture
followed by a group
Day 5 - Second
day of wheelchair
seating, this time in
will meet new families
and feel like you are a
pro as you assess and
seat the children you
meet. Lunch included.
CME lecture followed by
a group dinner.
Day 6 - Visit
the famous indigenous
return to Antigua. Check into
hotel. CME lecture
followed by a group
Day 7 - Guided
hike on Picaya Volcano. Hikers will
return in early
afternoon and have time
to further explore
Antigua. CME lecture
followed by a farewell
Day 8 -
Group will depart for
home or an optional
Saint Catalina Arch in Antigua, built in the 17th century.
Antigua is a charming colonial city surrounded by volcanoes.
Trip cost: $2,095* per person
(Cost includes wheelchair donation, lodging,
dinners, and activities described above.)
Trip cost also includes $500
donation per person which will be entirely used
towards the cost of the wheelchairs. $500 will
provide 2 chairs, thus providing greater
independence for 2 disabled children. The
wheelchairs are made at the factory near
Antigua. This wheelchair program is facilitated
by Hope Haven, a non-profit organization.
Single supplement: $400
Additional CME cost: $695 (Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on
For detailed itinerary or to register for
Guatemala Mission CME Trip please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238
For specific questions, please
Sheryl Olson, RN
Larry Moore, MD
history, Mayan folklore, charm & adventure!
Antigua is among the worlds best
conserved colonial cities. It is a magical and
captivating small town that makes you feel time might
have stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial
architecture to its beautiful surroundings, strolling
through town on the cobblestone streets, you will
experience the splendors of ancient times! The city was
once the third most important Spanish colony in the
Americas. More than 30 monastic orders called Antigua
home, leaving stunning monasteries, convents and
cathedrals in the town. Its setting is breathtaking,
nestled between three dramatic volcanoes: Agua, Fuego
Nestled between three volcanoes,
near many small colonial towns and Indian villages and
only an hour from the Pacific coast, Antigua is an ideal
city from which to base yourself for a few days and
partake in all sorts of adventurous sporting and
cultural activities without having venture too far. Try
an unforgettable hike up the Acatenango or Pacaya
volcanoes, mountain bike riding the cool green
highlands, take a guided city or culture tour, deep sea
fish the deep blue Pacific for Marlin and Dorado, or
simply relax under the sun... Great adventure, fauna,
flora and spectacular scenery await...
Antigua Guatemala is a fascinating
place to visit today. Founded in 1543, as a Spanish
colonial capital of what is now Central America, it was
abandoned in 1773, leaving us most of the buildings from
the 17th and 18th centuries. It is truly a jewel of the
Americas offering something for all travel tastes.
Colonial history that is always present offers an array
of cultural activities including many art galleries and
exhibits, performing arts, popular arts, films, forums,
markets and cultural tourism in general.
There is something eternally
charming about Spanish colonial towns, and Antigua is
the perfect example. It is among the worlds best
conserved colonial cities in the world. It is a magic
and captivating small town that makes you feel time
might have stopped some 300 years ago. From its colonial
architecture to its beautiful surroundings, strolling
through town on the cobblestone streets you will
experience the splendors of ancient times! There is much
to marvel at in Antigua... monuments, cathedrals,
culture, Indian markets, nature hikes, tours, cafs,
bars, great assortment of restaurants, night life,
Antigua's Treasures: Ruined
cathedrals, Baroque facades, Museums, Markets...
Antigua City Tour - Half
Day Tour ---Included
Well take a private 3 hour guided
walking tour of La Antigua, with an expert guide who
will share with you the many wonders of this city, once
the third most important Spanish colony in the Americas
& home to more than 30 monastic orders, stunning
monasteries, convents and cathedrals from the Spanish
colonial days. The tour consists of an informative walk
behind the walls of this colonial capital, focusing on
cultural trends, city history, restoration efforts and
the city today.
Spectacular Lake Atitlan
- Full Day Tour---Included
Well take a day tour of
breathtaking Lake Atitlan, a deep-blue volcanic crater
lake surrounded by three picture perfect volcanoes and
the colorful Maya villages resting on its shores.
Described as one of the most beautiful lakes
in the world by late British author Aldous Huxley, it is
definitely one of Guatemalas most spectacular natural
attractions. Spend the afternoon visiting
the lake side villages of Panajachel, Santiago, San
Pedro and St. Catarina Palopo - take a hike up one of
the three volcanos, kayak, scuba dive, etc. There are a
myriad of activities to enjoy at this amazing lake.
Maya woman at market Chichicastenango.
Chichicastenango - Full Day Tour -Included
The most famous and colorful indigenous
market in Central America!
Our private guide and driver will
take you on a truly memorable cultural experience.
Located at 2500 meters above sea level, Chichicastenango
is well known for its famous market days on Thursdays
and Sundays where vendors sell handicrafts, food,
flowers, pottery, wooden boxes, condiments, medicinal
plants, candles, pom and copal (traditional incense),
cal (lime stones for preparing tortillas), grindstones,
pigs and chickens, machetes, and other tools. In the
central part of the market plaza are comedores (small
Among the items sold are textiles,
particularly the women's blouses. The manufacture of
masks, used by dancers in traditional dances, such as
the Dance of the Conquest, have also made this city
well-known for woodcarving.
About our Hotel during
our stay in Antigua
Posada de Don Rodrigo is a place where
beauty encounters elegance, service, and great taste,
right in the heart of beautiful Antigua Guatemala. This
spectacular hotel, which in reality is three renovated
15th century colonial homes, one of which, "La casa De
Los Leones," is registered as a historic monument. All
the rooms are unique and distinct; no two rooms are the
same. Feel the magic from time the church bells begin to
toll, while enjoying a succulent breakfast and great cup
of world famous Antiguan coffee in its full service
restaurant, setting the pace for a great day ahead.
- 35 single, double or triple rooms, each room with authentic baroque furniture
carved by genuine craftsmen of Antigua, ashed fireplaces, silent ceilings, are
additional surprises which await you
- Private bathrooms with hot and cold water
- Large full service restaurant area serving local and international cuisine
- Conveniently located in the middle of Antigua right under the famous arches
- Room service
- Internet, fax and telephone service available
A full service restaurant within the
hotel is available, preparing dishes of great, Antigua
tradition, as well as a select gourmet menu of
international cuisine. During lunch and dinner, the
cheerful sound of our authentic marimba will make your
dining experience a truly special one.
For info and reservations on
the optional tours below, please contact:
Tropical Discovery Services, Inc.
USA: (888) 575-1639 -
Guatemala: (+502) 4211-0297
France: +33 (0)1 58 28 56 22 - Germany: +49 (0)5205
Tikal - Day Tour
Construction of Tikal began around
BC 300, although its most important poque was between
AD 200 - 900 - in what is known as the Classic Period of
the Mayan civilization. The temples at Tikal were built
to reach the sky, with the Temple of the Serpent
reaching 70 meters high and offering a magnificent view
of the rainforest canopy and other temples. The site
covers 16 square kilometers and contains over 3,000
structures. Tikal can be visited from Antigua in a day
trip - leaving in the morning and returning in the late
evening. Tikal packages include all transfers, flights,
entrance fees to the park, a bilingual guide, and lunch.
Price: $637 (1 pers),
$510 per person (2 pers.), $460 per person (3-4 pers.)
or $435 per person (5+ pers) including ground & air
transport, private bi-lingual guide, entrance fee and
lunch (without beverages).
Copan Ruins, Honduras -
After a quick transfer to the
airport in Guatemala City, a short 45 minute flight will
take you to Chiquimula and from there via private
transport across the border to the colonial village of
Copan - and the site of the some of the most interesting
Maya ruins yet uncovered. Copan is famous for having
been the "Paris of the Maya World," with an enormous
quantity of intricately carved statues, ornate temples,
and beautifully detailed "stelae" (carved stone
Price: $530 per
person (3 pers. minimum) including ground & air
transport, private bi-lingual guide, entrance fees and
lunch. Border crossing fees not included.
* Please Note: Day
tours by private mini van also available at $250.00 (1-2
pers) $265.00 (3-4 pers) & $280.00 (5-9 pers) - 5 hr
drive each way. Price includes transport only.
Canopy - Half day tour
Enjoy an Antigua Canopy Tour within
the beautiful setting of Finca Filadelfia, just 10
minutes away from Antiguas city center. The tour lasts
an average of 3 hours. An Unimog Mercedes Benz vehicle
especially adapted for safe transportation will take you
up the mountains from where you will start your canopy
tour, offering spectacular views. Antigua Canopy Tours
consists of a series of platforms up in the trees linked
by horizontal double zip lines from one tree to another.
The guides that accompany you have been fully trained to
provide assistance to visitors to travel through the
system and you will begin your adventure with a short
Two different tours are available:
Forest Express & Canyon Express. Forest Express features
6 zip lines varying in length and height. This
unforgettable experience finishes with an assisted
rappel down from a tree 40 feet high. Canyon Express is
designed for adventure lovers: Enjoy the thrill of two
mega zip lines over the Canyon, almost 1700 feet long
each one at a height of 500 feet.
Forest Express: $50/person (children under 12: $35)
Canyon Express: $50/person
Forest & Canyon Express combination: $75/person.
Groups of 8 people or more: Forest OR Canopy Express:
$40/person; combination of both tours: $60/person.
Includes: Round-trip transportation from Antigua,
equipment and bilingual guide
* Guatemalans & nationals of Central
America get a $10 discount on individual tours; $5
discount on tour combinations and group rates (ID
* Public tours leave at 8:20 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 12:20
p.m. and 1:20 p.m. from the Capuchinas Convent.
* Private tours can be arranged for groups of 10 persons
* Antigua Canopy Tours have been designed for all
visitors (age 5 years+) and do not require of a lot of
physical effort. Children younger than 12 years old
should be accompanied by adults.
Suggested Tours From
Antigua: Volcano hikes, biking tours, deep sea
fishing, culture tours... Nestled between three
volcanoes, an hour from the Pacific coast, two hours
from breathtaking Lake Atitlan, and dozens of authentic
Mayan villages, Antigua is an ideal city from which to
partake in all sorts of exciting adventure and cultural
Faculty for Guatemala
Short Term Medical Mission CME course:
Sheryl Olson, RN, Colorado
Springs; Flight Nurse; Owns Wilderness Wise,
a outdoor survival and navigation
educational company. Avid backcountry skier
and backpacker. Has helped lead seven
different expeditions to Everest base camp.
B. Serra, M.D. ,orthopedic surgeon
from Stockton, Ca. He has been active as
faculty at Wilderness Medicine National
Conferences for over 25 years.
Dr. Serra has served the Rotary Foundation
as a volunteer orthopedic surgeon to Malawi,
Africa on eight tours; primarily performing
surgery on polio victims called crawlers.
He has received many awards including the
Service Above Self award, the Foundation
PolioPlus Pioneer award, and the
Distinguished Service Award of the Rotary
Foundation. Joe served as a Rotary Governor
of District from 1994-95.
He has also served as team physician for the
University of Pacific, the Milwaukee Brewers
farm system, and the Stockton Ports baseball
Dr. Serra recently received the Lifetime
achievement Award from San Joaquin Medical
His favorite activities include skiing,
mountaineering, travel, and giving
power-point presentations about Rotarys
legacy to the world---the eradication of
FROM THE GUATEMALA WHEELCHAIR DELIVERY / CME
Tom Lieb, MD helping a Guatemala teenager take her first steps in a walker.
"What fun! All I hoped for. I look forward
to doing more trips of a similar nature"
"Amazing, wonderful experience. I feel like
I helped and made a difference in the
children and families. They were all very
grateful. It has changed my view of nursing
outside the box!" ... "Could not ask for
better faculty than Dr. Allred and Dr. Serra!...they are
both very welcoming and I am a better person and nurse
for meeting them."
"Very rewarding...I will take the
appreciation of the families we helped home with me to
inspire me in my daily work."
" Excellent experience....Would recommend to
others. I always have an enjoyable experience on
Wilderness Medicine CME trips."
Tom Sun, MD
"Such an amazing group to travel with and a
wonderful opportunity to serve others."
Kim Sun, RPT
"Dr. Allred and Serra are phenomenal
lecturers...knowledgeable and well spoken...a pleasure
to spend time with them on the trip."
Tom Sun, MD
For detailed itinerary or to register for Guatemala Mission CME Trip please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238