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Safe Passage (Camino Seguro) Tour

#54 of 120 Tours in Antigua
Antigua, Guatemala
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About Safe Passage (Camino Seguro) Tour
Do you want to have a unique experience on your trip in Guatemala? Do you want to see the reality of life for one of the most at-risk communities in Guatemala? Safe Passage is a non profit organization that provides education and social services to the community of the Guatemala City Garbage dump. Our tour takes you from Antigua to see the recycling work of thousands of people in the garbage dump and to our programs where we work with 600 students and 100 mothers on education and social support. We offer public tours in English every Thursday and Spanish tours every Wednesday, you can meet us in Antigua or Guatemala City. Private tours are encouraged. Seeing is believing. Tour our program in Guatemala City and see firsthand who we are and what we do!
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Trek-Always wrote a review Mar 2020
Alpharetta, Georgia2,380 contributions3,053 helpful votes
20,000 or so people live in the city's trash dump. Live there! Family units are organized into loose neighborhoods. They scrounge for things to sell. They know nothing else, and have a limited way out. Safe Passage now serves 600 people from pre-school to adult to provide education and hope for a different life. Started by an incredible 30-year old woman from Maine. She grew this idea through sheer determination. This is a story worth experiencing as painful as it is. If this review is helpful then please indicate so below.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Alexa B wrote a review Jan 2016
California1 contribution5 helpful votes
Well, what can I say, I came down to Guatemala just to learn some Spanish and visit Antigua, but I joined a group of friends that were going to take a tour to the Garbage Dump. I didn´t know what to expect, but the experience was totally one of those who can "change your life". I totally recommend going to take this tour, you won´t only see the bad things but also what Safe Passage is doing so that can change. Our tour guides Ceci and Carlos made the tour really pleasent!
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Date of experience: January 2016
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Rickeys-Travels wrote a review Jan 2016
San Francisco, California1,420 contributions202 helpful votes
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After meeting a volunteer who was working for Safe Passage on a previous trip to Guatemala, I went home and did a little research about the Guatemala Dumps. After watching a documentary on YouTube called "Children of the 4th World". We were moved and wanted to help. Through a series of emails, we made arrangements to take a tour of the dumps and school. We collected donations of clothes, school supplies, and personal hygiene products and brought them to the school. Ceci, our tour guide, showed us the overview of the dumps from the cemetery. She explained how the people make a meager living digging through the garbage, recycling, and reselling items that people have thrown out. We drove through the neighborhood and watched the people first hand who work the dumps. The tour then continued with us going to the school where children from the neighborhood are able to go to school. Camino Seguro, started by an American woman, who wanted to make a difference. Camino Seguro feeds the children attends, a big incentive, as it maybe the only food these children will receive. The educational programs that are offered here, gives to the people living around the dumps hope in breaking the cycle of poverty. This is a very emotional and heartfelt tour. It maybe disturbing to some, but this is reality. We highly recommend this tour and also encourage that you bring donations. Even you can make a difference!
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Date of experience: October 2015
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Katie G wrote a review Jul 2015
Cleveland, Ohio1 contribution4 helpful votes
I visited Camino Seguro on a study abroad trip through my university looking at Child Welfare in Guatemala. It was a full day trip filled with emotional experiences as we watched how the community grew around the dump and the work of the founder of Camino Seguro. Our visit started in Antigua and we worked our way to Guatemala City. Our tour guide Matt was phenomenal and really gave us an inside glimpse at the work the organization has achieved. From pre-school aged kids through primary school the culture created around the importance of education and how to take all learning experiences to make something of yourself was wonderful to see. The visit was very emotionally charged and it was hard to see, however, if you are in Guatemala City I highly recommend this tour as I felt safe the entire time and I got to see how communities develop, what we can learn from them and if possible how we can help.
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Date of experience: March 2015
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Tracy D wrote a review Jun 2015
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Most informative tour! What amazing works are being done here! Highly recommend Safe Passage for visiting groups, you will Not be disappointed.
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Date of experience: June 2015
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