Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

Lake Atitlan: Mayan Ceremony at the Sacred Caves

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Key Details
2 hours
Mobile Voucher Accepted
Live Guide
Spanish, English

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What You'll Do
  • 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
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.
What to Expect
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.
What's Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Round trip transportation from Panajachel
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional offering to the shaman for your own blessing
Meeting Point

Panajachel, Tzanyuyu docks, Calle del Embarcadero 4-86, 07010-Panajachel, Xocomil Travel office (Open in Google Maps)

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