13 B’Aktun 12 days
Day 1º.(TUE) Guatemala Airport – Guatemala
Arrival to Guatemala City Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Briefing provided by a spiritual guide that will accompany us during the trip, including the most important facts and activities related with Mayan Worldview. Lodging at Hotel Barceló.
Day 2º.(WED) Guatemala – Visit – Conference: The Maya Cycles – Guatemala
Breakfast. We will visit Kaminal Juyú, archaeological site located in Guatemala City. This is an important site that was the major base for all the Highlands area during the pre-classic period. Nowadays is an important ceremonial center. We will visit the Miraflores Museum and the Archaeology and Ethnology Museum. In the afternoon, we will have a lecture on Maya Cycles, given by a knowledgeable Archaeologist. Lodging at Hotel Barceló.
Day 3º. (THU) Guatemala – Iximche – Spiritual Ceremony – Atitlán
Breakfast. We will visit Iximché, in our route to the Highlands of Guatemala. Iximché was the former Maya Capital of the Cackchiquel Kingdom. We will watch a spiritual ceremony. Continuation to Lake Atitlán. Lodging Hotel Villa Santa Catarina.
Day 4º. (FRI) Atitlán – San Juan la Laguna – Community Tour and Tree planting – Atitlán
Breakfast. Transfer by boat to San Juan La Laguna, one of the most beautiful villages in the impressive Lake Atitlán. The Communitarian Association will provide us a cultural tour around the town. We will also visit the nursery of native plants Rupalaj K’istalin, where we will spend a special time for planting a tree during a ceremonial event. First we will have an explanation of the different native plants and their properties. Each participant will choose his/her own plant or tree. The group will climb to Cerro de la Cruz to offer a ceremony for the tree planting. After descending the hill, we will paint our own Maya Nahual on the mural of the village. Afternoon at your leisure. Lodging Hotel Villa Santa Catarina.
Day 5 º.(SAT) Atitlán – Santiago – Spiritual Ceremony – Chichicastenango.
Breakfast. Today we will take a boat to visit the Tzutuhil village of Santiago Atitlán, where the cult to Maximón is emphasized. This is a deity of the Tzutujil Mayan culture that is venerated and that congregates numerous faithful parishioners around the lake. After the visit, we will have a spiritual ceremony accompanied by spiritual leaders of the place. In the afternoon we will return to Panajachel to go to Chichicastenango. Lodging at Hotel Santo Tomás.
Day 6º.(SUN) Chichicastenango – La Antigua
Breakfast. We go to the Mass celebrated in the Church of Santo Tomás where the religious syncretism of the Mayan Quichés is strongly evident. We will visit the colorful market. We will continue to La Antigua Guatemala. Orientation tour around the city, which was declared World Heritage Site. Visit to the Cathedral, the Main Square, colonial monuments and museums, as well as bookstores, restaurants, art galleries, etc. Lodging at Villa Colonial.
Day 7º. (MON) La Antigua
Breakfast. We have the day free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or to take an optional excursion to the Pacaya Volcano or to the South Pacific Coast. We can also make a cultural visit to this charming city; visit a coffee plantation or play golf at one of the best golf courses of Guatemala. Lodging Villa Colonial.
Day 8º.(TUE) Antigua – Copán
Breakfast. We will cross the Guatemalan border to continue to Honduras and visit the archaeological center of Copán, that is one of the main cities of the classic period of the Mayas. Copán still keeps great stelae, temples, ball courts and burials that are unique in this part of the Maya area. Lodging at Hotel Marina Copán.
Day 9º. (WED) Copán – Quirigua – Petén Area
Breakfast. In the morning: departure from Copán with destiny to Petén. On our way: visit to archaeological centre of Quiriguá that possesses some of the most important stelae of the Mayan world, among which there is the stela C, which refers to the beginning of the 5th Mayan era, August 13, 3114 BC. Continuation to the Petén. Arrival at the end of the afternoon. Lodging at El Sombrero Camp.
Día 10º. (THU) Petén – Yaxhá – Spiritual Ceremony – Petén
Breakfast. Visit of the spectacular Archaeological center of Yaxhá, one of the most important Mayan cities of the Petén. The site contains several sets of Acropolis connected by causeways, ball games and 31 stelae, but stands out for two sets that were used to commemorate solstices and equinoxes. Yaxhá is made much more special by its beautiful sacred lagoon. We will have a spiritual ceremony accompanied by spiritual guides of the place. Return to the hotel Jungle. Lodging.
Day 11º.(FRI) Petén – Tikal – Guatemala
Early in the morning, we will enjoy a unique experience, from the top of Temple IV, the sunrise and the fog covering the jungle and temples, dawns in Tikal. Box breakfast. Visit the Mayan city of Tikal, undoubtedly the best sample of classic Mayan culture. Its occupation spanned almost 1,500 years, and it was one of the first Mayan cities to establish a dynastic government that registered its rulers in stelae with hieroglyphic inscriptions. In Tikal it was recorded a dynastic sequence of 33 successive rulers. Lunch in a restaurant in the premises. In the afternoon: transfer to Flores Airport and flight to Guatemala City. Lodging at Barceló Hotel.
Day 12º. (SAT) Guatemala – Guatemala Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to the International Airport. End of our services.
13 B’Aktun 12 days
The Mayan spirituality is one of the fundamental milestones to understand the Mayas´ life styles and traditions, from the classic period to the contemporary life. Each ethnic group has their own cultural elements in harmony with the environment and the earth elements are the key common factor for all of them.
We will start our journey with a conference addressed by an archaeologist to open up our mind to the Mayan Cycles. Each single sacred site we will visit is meaningful and has a special significance within the Maya Worldview, and the perfect companion will be a Mayan spiritual guide during the whole trip.
Service: Private. Minimum: 2 Pax