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Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

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Experience an ancient Mayan custom at a fire cleansing and protection ceremony at the Sacred Caves of Lake Atitlan. Immerse yourself in the mysticism of a holy place, and learn why the highland tribes travel for hours to connect with the spirits.

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Duration 2 hours
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Highlights
  • Experience an ancient Maya ceremony at the sacred caves of Lake Atitlan
  • Get breathtaking views of Lake Atitlan and the caldera from Eagle Rock
  • Learn the unique meaning of each day of the Mayan calendar
  • Feel the energy and power of the 4 scared caves
  • Hike to a 200-foot waterfall
Full description
Experience an important ceremony of the Maya people of Guatemala at the most sacred and holy location on Lake Atitlan. Transfer to the trailhead from Panajachel. Then, walk to the 1st cave (a maximum 20-minute hike). Named “Nimajay,” “San Simon,” “Singing” and “Colorado,” the 4 caves have been used by the Mayans for centuries for their Fire Cleansing and Protection Ceremony. The highland tribes travel for hours to visit the holy caves, and you will feel the energy and power as soon as you approach the cave entrance. Watch the shamans perform the ceremony (not guaranteed, but available on most days), and experience an authentic part of the living Mayan culture of the Guatemala highlands. Your guide will explain why the ceremonies are performed, and teach you about the ritual and unique meanings of the Mayan calendar. Located 1,200 feet above Lake Atitlan, the caves offer panoramic views of the lake and caldera. Stand on top of Eagle Rock, and marvel at how the earth drops hundreds of feet around you. Feel your spirit soar like a bird as you stand with nothing but air on all sides. You can also visit the shrine of San Simon/Maximon, the colonial church, and a 200-foot waterfall.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Round trip transportation from Panajachel
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional offering to the shaman for your own blessing
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Panajachel, Tzanyuyu docks, Calle del Embarcadero 4-86, 07010-Panajachel, Xocomil Travel office

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4.5 /5

based on 4 reviews

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  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
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Great tour! If you are interested in learning more about mayan culture or how cristianity has merged with local religion you should definitely give it a go.

March 12, 2021

although we came late for the ceremony. the local tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. He showed me some great spots around and its overall history of his people.

September 2, 2019

It may seem a bit pricey but well worth it. Your guide, Lee, will take you places you would not find on your own. As a Mayan in the know he can explain everything to you. You will not be disappointed

September 2, 2019

Product ID: 39403