Arrival at Guatemala City international airport and transfer to the lovely colonial city of Antigua. Welcome dinner and accommodation in Hotel Uxlabil Antigua.
Morning: visit to the local farmer’s market and strolling around the wonderfully conserved old town center. In the afternoon we visit the old Capuchinas monastery where we will do a short sound healing ceremony. Group dinner.
After breakfast we head out to the ruins of Iximche, the ancient Kaqchikel capital, where we meet with Maya-priest Don Francisco for the opening ritual of the trip. We will have the possibility to have lunch or a snack in Tecpan, and to have a Q&A with Francisco. Afterwards we continue to Panajachel at the Atitlan Lake and take a boat to our hotel in Tzununa. Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
In the morning Don Francisco introduces the Maya Cosmovision in the first of four three-hour workshops at the ‘floating’ workshop space of the hotel, which has a breathtaking view of the lake. In the afternoon there will be time to relax or to take part in an optional program in Tzununa. Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
In the morning there will be the second workshop with Don Francisco. Afternoon: relax or take an optional trip to San Juan la Laguna and its weaver’s cooperatives. Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
Morning: workshop with Don Francisco, afternoon: relax or optional program in Tzununa Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
Morning: workshop with Don Francisco, afternoon: optional outing to the low-key spiritual hub of San Marcos la Laguna or relax. Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
In the morning we visit Atitlan Organics, a local permaculture project, and in the afternoon there will be the possibility to visit the nearby waterfalls and community lands. Hotel Lomas de Tzununa.
After breakfast we head out to Guatemala City to visit the National Archaeological Museum on a guided tour. Accommodation at Hotel Villa Toscana.
We leave early morning on a short domestic flight to Flores (Mundo Maya Airport). Flores is a lovely lakeside town on a peninsula in Lake Peten Itza. After breakfast we head out towards the Petexbatun Lagoon where we embark on a three-day venture through the remote and little visited ruins of El Ceibal and Aguateca. We start off by boat, visiting El Ceibal before continuing to our jungle lodge where the charismatic Don Julian, and the abundant wildlife, will welcome us into their home.
Eco Lodge Posada Caribe.
We take our packed lunch and hike out to the ruins of Aguateca for the day. Eco Lodge Posada Caribe.
After breakfast we set off to El Remate via Sayaxche. El Remate is at the Eastern shore of Lake Peten Itza. Hotel Casa de Don David.
We take an early start and head out to the famous Tikal ruins for the day. Hotel Casa de Don David.
In the morning we visit the Uaxactun temples and in the afternoon we relax and integrate. Hotel Casa de Don David.
In the morning we will visit the Yaxha ruins and then continue to Flores where we conclude the 16-day trip with a closing circle and group dinner.
Evening flight to Guatemala City and accommodation at Hotel Villa Toscana.
The people staying for the 22-day trip will spend the night at Hotel Casa Amelia
Airport transfer for international flight
OR after an early lakeside breakfast we take off to Carmelita for the start of our 5-day expedition to El Mirador. We hike roughly 5-6 hours with a guide and mules. Accommodation in a tent shelter with outdoor cooking by one of the guides.
Jungle tour. After another 5-6 hour hike we get to El Mirador where we spend the night in a tent shelter.
Jungle tour. We spend the entire day at the ruins with guided tour and ceremony. Accommodation in tent shelter at the site.
Jungle tour. We start hiking back for 5-6 hours and spend the night in a tent shelter mid-way.
Jungle tour. The last 5-6 hour hike will take us to Carmelita where we head out to Flores by shuttle. A warm shower and refreshing dive in the lake await us at Hotel Casa Amelia.
We take the morning flight back to Guatemala City and spend the rest of the day at the Santa Teresita Thermal Spa, soaking our bones in volcanic spring water. Group dinner and ceremonial closing in Guatemala City. Hotel Villa Toscana.
Airport transfer for international flight.