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Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

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Panajachel, Guatemala
Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Take a journey through the traditions of Mayan spirituality as you experience a 2-hour traditional fire-cleansing ceremony with a guide in the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Step inside these mystical caves, used by local Mayans for many centuries, to observe the performance of this holy and powerful ritual by a local shaman. Listen as your guide explains the history and traditions behind the ritual and provides insight into the Mayan calendar system. Before you leave, you’ll have time to admire the gorgeous views of the lake down below.
  • Observe a mystical Mayan spiritual ceremony inside the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan
  • Discover the history of the Sacred Caves, used by local Mayans for rituals over many centuries
  • Watch as the traditional Mayan fire cleansing and protection ceremony is performed by a local shaman
  • Learn about Mayan spiritual beliefs and their unique calendar system
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience
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Materials for your own ceremony are available for an additional fee

Departure Point

Panajachel, Guatemala

Xocomil Tour office, Calle Embarcadero, Panajachel

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Los Elementos Adventure Center & Day Spa

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Lokoskales
, Sep 2021
This was an enjoyable tour. Lee was very informative and ensured you had the local historical and cultural context for each ceremony location. It is very likely you will have a chance to catch a ceremony, so do not miss this experience.
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Wonderful experience
SKE
, Jul 2021
Our guide was incredible. We really enjoyed learning the history of the town and the way a lot of the local people intertwine aspects of Catholicism and Mayan traditions. This was a realistic, interesting, learning experience. Thanks so much!
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Time I spend during the tour was...
SLAWOMIR K
, Oct 2017
Time I spend during the tour was amazing!You will learn about real Mayan culture.Alex is a great person who explain to you everything.You will visit sacred places and you can become a part of it.You will energy and you can have your own ceremony.Go for it ! View is amazing :
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This was a great experience! Our...
Richard F
, Aug 2016
This was a great experience! Our guide Alex understood the ceremonies and the different sites for certain ceremonies very well. We learned much more than we ever expected about the Mayan culture. We got a personal insight from a Mayan person who has practiced these very ceremonies. We were given the opportunity to have our own ceremony as well. This really made us feel as though we were a part of this beautiful culture.
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