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 December 5-8, 2019
 Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
 Antigua, Guatemala

The 2019 Meeting is being organized by Patricia Molina (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans).

Why Antigua?
Meeting Agenda
Hotel Information and Reservations
Travel Information and Transport to Hotel
Meeting Registration
Antigua History
Passports, Travel Insurance and Other Information

Why Antigua?

ACDP President, Patricia Molina was born and raised in El Salvador. She attended medical school in Guatemala, where she married her classmate Miguel Molina, MD prior to coming to the US to pursue her PhD in Physiology at LSU New Orleans. Antigua was always a special place for relaxation that captured her heart. 

Patricia believes ACDP members will find the location enchanting, the culture enticing, the food spectacular, and the lodging paradise on earth. All this will be conducive to vibrant scientific discussions, peer to peer mentoring (and whining), and support a program that will be worth your time and effort. It is our hope that you will love Antigua, Guatemala for all it has to offer! 

I look forward to welcoming you for the ACDP Guatemala Retreat, December 5th-7th, 2019!

Basic Facts

Lonely Planet Guide to Guatemala
Currency: Quetzal (about 7.4 for $1.00)
Language: Spanish
Voltage: Same voltage as in US

Antigua is a walkable town. YOU NEED comfortable walking shoes (all streets are cobblestone)
You need a sweater or jacket for the evening (temperatures drop to around 60 degrees)
Dress is relatively traditional and conservative. 

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Meeting Agenda

A draft agenda for the meeting is linked below.


Thursday, December 5
Registration: 1-3:30 pm
Welcome and Introductions: 4:30-6:30 pm
Cocktails and Networking: 6:30-7:30 pm
Guyton Award Lecture and Dinner: 7:30-9:30 pm

Friday, December 6

Meeting: 8:00 am-12:15 pm
Talk and Dinner 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, December 7

Meeting: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Banquet 6:30-10:00 pm

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Hotel Information and Reservations

The hotel Casa Santo Domingo is spectacular! Check it out! 

Rooms have been reserved for participants but you MUST make your own reservations online.

Reserve your room here (or see link below)
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Rate: $165.00/night (+tax) single or double occupancy (NOT all-inclusive) 

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Travel Information and Transport to Hotel

Airline Reservations:

You will be making your own airline reservations.  You will need to fly into La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City.

Transportation to/from Airport to Hotel 
Two options:

Taxi service from Guatemala City airport


As you exit customs, there is a booth where you can get shuttle service to Antigua. Cost is about $10.00 US. 

Antigua Tours
This a travel agency owned by an American Expat. You can book online, prepay, and there will be someone waiting for you when you exit. It is only slightly pricier. Check out their website.

I don’t recommend their walking tours though. Not very comprehensive, pricey, and tourist trap visit to a Jade factory. BUT. popular with American tourists. 

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Meeting Registration

Registration Rates:

Member Status                Early Registration             Late Registration
              (on or before Sept. 30)        (after Sept. 30)
ACDP Member                  $400                               $450
Non-member                          $800                               $900
Guest                                  $250                               $275

Registration covers the costs of the opening reception, all breakfasts, all dinners plus banquet in addition to meeting attendance. 
There is a $50 cancellation fee should you register and then not be able to attend the meeting.

To register, please click here or use the link below.
(please note, if you need to register yourself and a guest using different credit cards, you'll need to check out with one before completing the second registration.)

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Antigua History

Antigua Guatemala Fountain
Antigua Guatemala is an outstanding example of preserved colonial architecture and of cultural value. The religious, private and government buildings bear exceptional testimony to the Spanish colonial architecture in Antigua.

>Built 1,500 m above sea level in an earthquake-prone region, Antigua, the capital of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, was founded in the early 16th century as Santiago de Guatemala. The conquerors chose this location as the previous capital had flooded in 1541 and the valley provided an adequate source of water and a fertile soil. Antigua Guatemala was the seat of Spanish colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala, which included Chiapas (southern Mexico), Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It was the cultural, economic, religious, political and educational center for the entire region until the capital was moved to present-day Guatemala City after the damaging earthquakes of 1773, but its principal monuments are still preserved as ruins. In the space of under three centuries the city, which was built on a grid pattern inspired by the Italian Renaissance, acquired a number of superb monuments.

Street View in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua might be the most charming city in Central America. The former capital of Guatemala (antigua means ‘old’ in Spanish), Antigua was abandoned for Guatemala City because the area was earthquake prone. Among the many Spanish colonial buildings are several ruined churches which were destroyed by earthquake and never rebuilt. In particular, the cathedral which you see today is only a fraction of the size of the original building. If you go to the back of the structure you can see the remains of the original cathedral. Antigua is an hour drive from the Guatemala City airport and one of the top attractions in Guatemala.

View from Antigua Guatemala
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Antigua Guatemala is a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is a municipality in Guatemala with a population of about less than 50,000 people. This site was inscribed by UNESCO in 1979 during its third session. The city is noted as a cultural gem in South America for its rare beauty, vibrant culture, and the historical significance. All of these factors combine to making Antigua Guatemala not only worthy of a UNESCO listing for its cultural significance, but also as a popular tourist destination.
This city was once the capital of Guatemala. Even though it is no longer the capital, one thing is undeniable: the number of colonial relics at the site and the beautiful streetscape makes it one of the most outstanding cities in the Americas.

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Walking Tours of Antigua:

Walking tours can be organized while you are there. There is no need to do ahead of time

Tours Outside of Antigua: 
Patricia recommends two companies to contact should you want to take tours outside of Antigua: 

Maya Sky (see below under resources for a list of their tours)

Below are some locations you'll want to consider visiting both in Antigua and in the area.

Santa Catalina Arch Antigua Guatemala

Santa Catalina Arch

Located at Avenida Norte, Antigua Guatemala 03-001, Guatemala

The Santa Catalina Arch is one of the distinguishable landmarks in Antigua located on 5th Avenue North. Built in the 17th century, it originally connected the Santa Catalina convent to a school, allowing the cloistered nuns to pass from one building to the other without going out on the street. A clock on top was added in the era of the Central American Federation, in the 1830s.

(Plaza Mayor) Central Park Antigua Guatemala

(Plaza Mayor) Central Park

Located at Avenida Sur, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala

Rest on a bench in The Plaza Central Park and observe the bustling atmosphere of Guatemala's former capital. Surrounded by colonial-era buildings, dominated by the grandiose San Jose Cathedral, the tree-shaded square is a great place to stroll, take a break from sightseeing, and people watch. Admire the central fountain known for its mermaid sculptures, get some souvenirs or snacks, and see the locals going about their daily life.

 Mercado de Artesanías Antigua Guatemala

Mercado de Artesanías

Located at Poniente and Alameda de Santa Lucia 4, Antigua 03001, Guatemala

Looking for gifts for loved ones back home, souvenirs, or authentic Guatemalan textiles? 
You'll find countless treasures at the markets in Antigua! 

Convento la Recoleccion, Ruins Antigua Guatemala
Convento la Recoleccion, Ruins

Located at Calle Poniente at Calle de Recolectos 1, Antigua 03001, Guatemala

The Recoleto missionaries’ request to build a temple in the city was finally granted when The School of Christ of the Apostolic Missionaries was erected in Colonial era. At the beginning of the 18th century, architect Diego de Porres built the classrooms, library, cloisters, and even a little hospital in this religious complex, which became later known La Recolección. 

Visit the magical ruins of a large, once magnificent place of worship.

Acatenango, Guatemala

Acatenango, Guatemala

Take a day trip to hike the Acatenango Volcano! 

Located one hour from Antigua Guatemala, the Acatenango volcano is almost 4000 meters high. 

Hiking up you will get an amazing up close view of the very active Fuego volcano and the surrounding landscape.

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Planning on arriving early? Consider taking a trip to Lake Atitlán!

It may be difficult to pull yourself from the mesmerizing views of Lake Atitlán, but neglecting to visit the surrounding Mayan villages of Santiago Atitlán, San Pedro La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna and San Antonio Palopó would be a total tragedy. Several local tour companies run morning and afternoon, no-frills excursions around the lake that are inexpensive and cover four to five villages in approximately four hours.

Most tour boats dock in the lively town of Panajachel, so allow some time before or after the tour to peruse the vibrant markets and grab some local cuisine there.

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Spa Casa Santo Domingo Antigua

Spa Casa Santo Domingo

Welcome to a world of health, wellness and relaxation where you will be able to rest in one of the indoor/outdoor areas, sunbathe, relax in the pool, jacuzzis, wet & dry saunas or receive a treatment designed for women and men to help restore balance in body, mind and spirit.

YogAntigua Antigua Guatemala

YogAntigua’s mission is to bring people together. We are striving towards creating a hub, a community where anyone feels they can find a class in Antigua and thus connect to likeminded people. A tribe that is drawn together for the purpose of yoga, health and wellbeing, with a wider spiritual space for ongoing physical and holistic health. Antigua is the perfect space to connect your mind, body, and soul. YogAntigua simply adds a richness to an already beautiful space.

Healing Hands Therapy Spa Antigua

Healing Hands Therapy Spa

Healing Hands, Antigua’s only professional therapeutic spa. Owned and operated by a U.S. trained and licensed physical therapist, Healing Hands offers the full gamut of physical therapy, massage therapy, and spa treatments in a spacious and tranquil setting. 

All services are delivered by highly-trained, licensed professionals using the highest quality all-natural products.

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Bistro Cinq Absinthe Bar Antigua
Bistro Cinq

Opened by celebrated U.S. Chef Robbin Haas in 2007, he has created a stylish French bistro in the heart of Antigua Guatemala, reminiscent of the bistros he frequented in his travels through France, he looked to have the comfortable neighborhood restaurant in which locals & travelers alike will find a second home. 

Here you will find classic bistro fare such a Steak Frites, Roast Chicken, Pate, Escargots & Tarte Tatin, we strive to serve all organic products and support our local farmers, fisherman and ranchers. 

We count with the only absinthe bar in Latin America, more than twelve imported kinds of brands, served in the traditional french way with the absinthe spoon, an absinthe fountain and the sugar cube make the Bistrot Cinq`s absinthe bar an unique experience in Antigua Guatemala.

Tartines Antigua


Tartines is located at the heart of the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, in a small part of the quaint eighteen century building that once hosted the Archbishop's Palace. The restaurant has a charming terrace with spectacular views of the Ruins of the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace and the Volcanoes. 

Tartines offers a delightful culinary experience with a menu that offers traditional French dishes like sweet and savory crepes, tarts, Provençal salads, scrumptious desserts and more sophisticated main courses composed with only high-quality produce steaks, seafood and poultry. All main courses are accompanied by creative sauces from Chef Jean François Desmoulins. Some dishes and sauces in our menu vary every day.

La Fonda De La Calle Real Antigua

La Fonda De La Calle Real

This family of four restaurants are some of the best Antigua Guatemala restaurants for authentic Guatemalan cuisine. The Fondita has a family atmosphere serving lunch and dinner in a two-story building on the Calle del Arco. La Fonda a la Vuelta, also offering lunch and dinner, can seat 240 people with rooms for large groups. 

La Nueva Fonda, making breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a colonial mansion with a patio, terrace, and private event rooms. El Sabor del Tiempo has soups, salads, pasta, and Guatemalan coffee on the men. For more than 35 years of experience, the restaurants have a cozy environment and continues to expand its menu.

El Pinche Antigua

El Pinche

"This place is so fun! The decor is interesting and unique. Very trendy and hip. Food is absolutely delicious. I had the enchiladas and LOVED them. While this is probably not considered authentic Mexican food, it is delicious, welcoming, and great!"

Meson Panza Verde Antigua
Meson Panza Verde

Mesón Panza Verde is well known for its fine cuisine and romantic ambiance. Dine in our elegant Main Sala with vaulted ceiling, amid fine wines and original paintings. Its reputation for "International Cuisine with a Twist" has made it a favorite for Guatemalans and international travelers alike.

If you prefer, you can choose to be served on the corridor surrounding the main garden, on the terrace in romantic candle filled setting for two in the Cupula or in La Cueva, where live music is performed on certain nights of the week.

Our menu of classic dishes from around the world are carefully chosen and supervised by our cooking team, led by Head Chef Noé Sicán and Sous-Chefs Allan Ruiz and Jorge Tacs.

Our food has achieved critical acclaim. Mesón Panza Verde is considered to be one of the top restaurants in Guatemala, having received the “Tenedor de Oro” award as best in the country.

Luna de Miel Antigua

Luna de Miel

Guatemala does not seem like the place to get sweet or savory crepes but this beautiful restaurant has both! And they are delicious! Had the cheese, ham and caramelized onion crepe with a margarita- awesome choice! Have also had most of the salads and they are fresh, large and full of ingredients. Great value. Dinner can be enjoyed for under $15.00/person. Very picturesque roof top venue which fills up fast. Worth standing in line in the evening as the food is fresh and high quality. The line streams past the crepe makers making your mouth water.

La Cuevita de Urquizu Antigua

La Cuevita de Urquizu

"Absolutely loved this place. We were 11 for lunch and all 11 agreed food was excellent. All dishes are laid out in front of you. You pick your meat and 2 sides. The bring it to your table. Lunch was 80 Quetzals. approximately $11.00. It was plentiful and excellent. 3rd floor terrace has great views.

Place was featured on Andrew Zimmern show. Line was long but moves fast. The best part is getting to see what you will be eating. It is a must do stop for lunch!" 

San Martin Antigua

San Martin

This is a chain of bakeries and restaurants in Guatemala. You can find excellent quality of products like breads, pastry and many options of food at the menu. It is ideal at any time of the day, since dishes are delicious and at a good price. Personnel are very attentive. Decoration is simple but nice. Their restaurant has an outstanding menu with pizza, salads, soups, sandwiches, and carpaccio. You can have lunch for under $10.00. one of my favorites. Recommended!

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Passports, Travel Insurance and Other Travel Information

Passports are required for international travel and should be obtained well in advance. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return to the United States. For more information, visit

Travel Insurance
: Please consider purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Every year 1-2 people cannot attend the Retreat at the last minute and cannot get refunds. Don't let that be you this year. Below are links to a few top-rated travel insurance companies.

Other Travel Information
Safety Concerns While Traveling: Please check the US State Department for any restrictions on any areas in Guatemala. Note that this can change. Please keep in mind, it is always recommended that travelers use a certain amount of precaution, be alert and sensible whenever traveling to another country. Please click on the link below for more information. 

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For more information about the meeting or questions about hotel reservations or registration, please contact:

Melinda Lowy
Executive Assistant, ACDP

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Casa Santo Domingo Hotel Reservations

Online reservations link for the Casa Santo Domingo Hotel

Registration for the Leadership Retreat

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Maya Sky Tours

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