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Experience Guatemala:

Medical Mission and Adventure Trip
Approved for 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
March 2 - 9, 2019

A wheelchair can affect the life of a disabled child in a profoundly positive way!

About the Wilderness and Travel Medicine 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 country.

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 our trip.

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 serving!

Wilderness MedicineThis young girl has been carried her entire life. Her Father brings her to the factory where she will receive her first wheelchair.
Wilderness MedicineThe wilderness medicine team measure her to facilitate accurate adjustment of a wheelchair as her Father watches.
Wilderness MedicineHuge smiles from the children along with tears and hugs from parents make this trip heartwarming and incredibly rewarding.

TRIP DATES: March 2 - 9, 2019

Trip Location:
Antigua, Guatemala - an ancient and picturesque colonial city surrounded by fantastic cultural , volcanoes, and natural beauty.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala - One of Guatemalas most spectacular natural attraction; famous for its grandeur and colorful Mayan villages.

Brief Itinerary:

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 Antigua. We 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 dinner.

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 dinner.

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 dinner.

Day 5 - Second day of wheelchair seating, this time in Solol. You 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 markets at Chichicastenango and return to Antigua. Check into hotel. CME lecture followed by a group dinner.

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 group dinner.

Day 8 - Departure. Group will depart for home or an optional post-trip excursion. (Suggestions below)

Wilderness MedicineSaint Catalina Arch in Antigua, built in the 17th century.
Wilderness MedicineAntigua 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 double occupancy

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 contact
Sheryl Olson, RN

Larry Moore, MD

Rich colonial 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 and Acatenango!

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, etc...

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.

Wilderness MedicineLake Atitlan

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.

Wilderness MedicineMaya 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 eateries).

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

Hotel 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 607382

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 - Day Tour

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 monuments).

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 introduction period.

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 required).
* 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 or more.
* 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 experiences.

Faculty for Guatemala Short Term Medical Mission CME course:

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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.

Larry Moore, MD, bio and photo coming soon.


Wilderness MedicineTom 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"
Kathleen Kelly, MD
Kingston, NH

"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."
Michele MacNeil, RN
Lee, NH

"Very rewarding...I will take the appreciation of the families we helped home with me to inspire me in my daily work."
Michelle Doroz, MD
Flagstaff, Az

" Excellent experience....Would recommend to others. I always have an enjoyable experience on Wilderness Medicine CME trips."
Tom Sun, MD
Pasadena, Ca

"Such an amazing group to travel with and a wonderful opportunity to serve others."
Kim Sun, RPT
Pasadena, Ca

"Dr. Allred and Serra are phenomenal lecturers...knowledgeable and well spoken...a pleasure to spend time with them on the trip."
Tom Sun, MD
Pasadena, Ca

For detailed itinerary or to register for Guatemala Mission CME Trip please call
Bio Bio Expeditions at 1-800-246-7238

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Our 2011 CME Service Group in Antigua, Guatemala:
"It was a wonderful week in so many ways. We all made it a success by our willingness to see how we could make life better for so many children and their families. The hope and the gratitude in their faces made every moment precious. If this adventure is any indication, we are onto something grand. I for one, can't wait until next year to watch another group of strangers come together for a week, and leave for home knowing they have made a difference.
Our group picture says it all."
Joe Serra, MD - Stockton, Calif.


  • Altitude Illness
  • Hypothermia
  • Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
  • Environmental Heat Illness
  • Snake Envenomation
  • Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
  • Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
  • Management of Fractures and Dislocations
  • Preparing for Foreign Travel
  • Backcountry Medical Kits
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Wild Animal Attacks
  • Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
  • Wilderness Dermatology
  • Marine Hazards & Envenomations


"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of
16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This trip is planned, outfitted and conducted by Bio Bio Expeditions, or subcontractors arranged by Bio Bio Expeditions. Please note that Wilderness and Travel Medicine, LLC is responsible for the CME Educational content only.
Wilderness and Travel Medicine reserves the right to change or substitute the faculty for any CME course without advance or prior notice to participants.