ICAA Chicago Chapter Presents Antigua, Cayala & Tikal, Guatemala

The ICAA Chicago Chapter in partnership with Classical Excursions presents this special excursion to discover Antigua, Cayala & Tikal, Guatemala.

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact Lani Summerville at [email protected] or 413-446-8728.

El Convento Boutique Hotel

Participants will stay at the El Convento Boutique Hotel in the city of Antigua: a UNESCO World Heritage town which dates back 480 years, having been founded in 1542. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Casa Popenoe

Participants will receive a full day architectural tour of Antigua and its Spanish Colonial architecture with local architect and ICAA member Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro. This tour includes visits to a selection of private homes in Antigua and the historic house museum Casa Popenoe.

San Francisco, La Merced, and the Santa Clara Convent

Participants will receive another full day architectural tour of Antigua with architect Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro. This tour includes visits to the city's many churches including the San Francisco, La Merced, and the Santa Clara Convent.

Finca Carmona and the Bishops Palace and church at San Juan Del Obispo

Participants will spend a morning touring local villages and coffee farms, including Finca Carmona and the Bishops Palace and church at San Juan Del Obispo.

Cayala

Participants will attend a private tour of the planned city of Cayala, which was designed under the direction of the architect and urban planner Leon Krier. They will be joined by Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro, along with the co-founder of Estudio Urbano: architect Maria Sanchez. Maria and her husband, Pedro Pablo Godoy Barrios, have been at the helm of Cayala’s design alongside Leon Krier. They have also designed their own home which is inspired by local Guatemalan traditions and incorporates classical architecture. Participants will tour this planned city’s public spaces along with a few private homes, including that of Maria and Pedro.

Tikal

Participants will take a private plane to Flores, where they will then travel to the great Mayan complex of Tikal for a full day visit. Tikal was inhabited from the 6th century B.C.E. to the 10th century C.E., and the site contains extensive ruins of temples, palaces, public spaces, and residences.

What’s included

  • A four night stay at the El Convento Boutique Hotel in the city of Antigua: a UNESCO World Heritage town which dates back 480 years, having been founded in 1542. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
  • Full day architectural tour of Antigua and its Spanish Colonial architecture with local architect and ICAA member Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro. This tour includes visits to a selection of private homes in Antigua and the historic house museum Casa Popenoe.
  • A second full day architectural tour of Antigua with architect Rodrigo Bollat Montenegro. This tour includes visits to the city's many churches including the San Francisco, La Merced, and the Santa Clara Convent, and will conclude with a rum tasting.
  • Tour of local villages and coffee farms, including Finca Carmona and the Bishops Palace and church at San Juan Del Obispo.
  • A two night stay at the AC Hotel by Mariott.
  • Private tour of the planned city of Cayala, which was designed under the direction of the architect and urban planner Leon Krier. This tour will include public spaces, as well as several private homes.
  • Drinks at the home of Estudio Urbano founders Maria Sanchez and Pedro Pablo Godoy Barrios.
  • Full day visit to the great Mayan complex of Tikal, which was inhabited from the 6th century B.C.E. to the 10th century C.E. The site contains extensive ruins of temples, palaces, public spaces, and residences.

Image by Lani Summerville



Image by Lani Summerville



Image by Lani Summerville



Please click here for additional AIA Continuing Education Provider Information:

This program contains two Continuing Education Opportunities.

Antigua Guatemala: An In-Depth, On-Site Study of Its History and Architectural and Urban Typologies

15 AIA CES Learning Units|Elective

The New City of Cayalá: From Design Inception to Post-Occupancy


5 AIA CES Learning Units|HSW


Instructional Delivery Method:
Live In-Person Learning Program

Program Level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None required

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: October 27, 2025

Provider Number: G193

Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

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What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected]