Guatemala AWLS

March 11th - 21st, 2020


March 11 - 21st, 2020


  • Join us in Guatemala and discover its jungles, mountains, rivers, landscape and beautiful scenery. The rich flora and fauna and diverse culture provide the perfect location to learn and practice Wilderness Medicine. Experience an amazing country and meet the local volunteer bomberos and herpetologist - an experience you won't forget.


  • This course is ideal for those interested in providing medical care in the wild or those travel enthusiasts, group leaders, climbers, walkers, EMT’s, nurses, NP's, PA's or doctors with a desire to learn medical treatment in austere environments. While completing the core curriculum of this AWLS® certification course, we will travel throughout Guatemala visiting the ancient ruins of Tikal, climbing Volcan Acatenango, raft the Cahbon river, explore the beautiful scenery and much more while completing the core lectures, skills and scenario based sessions at various locations along the route.


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  • Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.

  • Practice your skills in live scenarios in a wilderness and mountain environment

  • Work with our expert faculty and explore Guatemala

  • Earn your AWLS® certification accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine.

  • Obtain up to 20.5 hours of CME or Fellowship credits from the Wilderness Medicine Society

  • The AWLS program focuses on treatment of the most common injuries and illnesses encountered making the AWLS certification the standard in the medical industry for wilderness medicine. This course offers intensive practical skills


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  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) Certificate

  • Approved for 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and WMS FAWM Credits 


  • Visit the famous and tranquil turquoise pools of Semuc Champey

  • White Water raft down the Cahbon river through jungle clad canyons

  • Visit Tikal - ancient mayan ruins and watch the sunset

  • Climb Volcan Acatenango

  • Enjoy last night in Antigua, the country’s famous Spanish Colonial City with option of zip-lining

  • Enjoy an energetic and experienced team with additional discussions on altitude medicine and jungle medicine.


  • Day 1 – Arrive in Guatemala City and overnight in hotel.

  • Day 2 – Fly to Tikal and explore Island of Flores, morning / afternoon lectures 

  • Day 3 – Drive to Tikal and explore - practice sessions

  • Day 4 – Travel to Candelaria Caves overnight in Coban

  • Day 5 – Up early & head to Semuc Champey and explore caves 

  • Day 6 – Rafting Trip on the Chabon River / scenarios

  • Day 7 – Drive from Coban to Antigua

  • Day 8 – Rise early and drive to Volcano - Acatenango and start hike (6 hours to site below summit)

  • Day 9 – Begin Hike with Head Lamps for sunrise climb

  • Day 10 - AM Final Exams over breakfast. Drive to Coffee plantation for final scenario / skills session. Zip-lining optional. Last meal as a group. 

  • Day 11 - Shuttle back to Guatemala City and airport.

Wild Med Adventures hosts another amazing adventure down in Guatemala teaching Advanced Wilderness Life Support. Thanks to student: Jessica Allen for putting together a trip video from 2019.


  • The travel logistics and leadership will be provided by an extremely experienced Guatemala team for our 5th trip there, local volunteer mountain guides and white water rafting guides.

  • The AWLS instructors / Wild Med Adventures Team are all mountaineers, well traveled and experienced, but are only responsible for the educational aspect of this trip. We are not the group physicians and will only act in Emergency situations under good samaritan laws. Instructors: Tyler Christensen, DO, FAWM - Please see BIO's for instructor information. Instructor may change without notice.

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  • Trip Cost with 20.5 hours CME: $3550

    • Non-CME spouse or Partner (no AWLS certification: $3000)

  • Deposit: $1500

  • Minimum Participants: 6

  • Maximum Participants: 16


Early bird: Delegates signing up prior to Sept. 1st will receive a $150 discount on the total price.


  • Included: 10 nights lodging, AWLS manual and certification, Wild Med T-shirt or hat, guiding and most meals (As per the itinerary)

  • Excluded: All Flights to Guatemala, airport taxes, travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic beverages, zip-lining or other possible add-on activities. Also, does not include additional days of travel or global rescue insurance (required).


March 11th - 21st, 2020  



138 Kennedy Road, Belchertown, MA, 01007

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  • Cancellation Policy: The deposit portion of your fee is non-refundable unless we do not reach our minimum number of participants. The entire balance of your trip fee and CME fee will be due Dec. 15th prior to departure. NO refunds will be given 90 days prior to trip. If you have not paid in full by Dec. 15th a late fee of $250 will be applied to cost.

  • Please do NOT book flights until we have confirmed minimum number of participants. We will update this once we have met minimum numbers.