These are magical times, prophesized by the ancient Mayas! Today, Mayan elders are dedicated to leading us into a new era of compassion and transformation.
Soar into the power and mystery of the ancient prophecies. Join John Perkins, NY Times bestselling author and leading expert on indigenous cultures and shamanism, Daniel Koupermann, expedition guide and environmentalist, and local Mayan shamans (“Nanas” and “Tatas”), teachers, and Day-keepers (Calendar readers) on this life-changing adventure to the mountains and rain forests of Central America. Apply “shapeshifting” approaches; elevate yourself to higher states of consciousness; receive personal healings, calendar readings and divinations of your future from Mayan shamans; transform yourself and the world around you.
December 21, 2012 was identified by Mayan astrologers more than a millennium ago, as the Great Turning – the beginning of a time of amazing opportunity to “shapeshift” human societies away from exploitation, brutality, and materialism into cooperation, compassion, love, and spirituality. The prophecies proclaimed that the process would begin several decades earlier and continue for many to come.
We have now entered this magical, shapeshifting portal!
Now, with upheaval all around our planet, many of us are wondering what all this means for the future of the world and for us personally. Be part of this select group of travelers who will explore, study, and dialogue about this turbulent time on our planet.
You are invited to join John, Daniel, and our Mayan friends on this journey to the heart of the Mayan culture and sacred lands.
Day 1, Jan 2:
Arrive in Guatemala City. Transfer to a beautiful and very special colonial hotel in Antigua for the night.
Day 2, Jan 3: Antigua
After breakfast you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and meet all the other members of the group. John and Daniel will welcome everyone and create the context for the journey. Then we will participate in an introductory shapeshifting event with John to support the group in setting intentions and connecting with the energies and spirits of the land.
After lunch we will take a walking tour of Antigua visiting the most relevant sites of this colonial treasure of Guatemala.
We will have dinner at our hotel.
Day 3, Jan 4: Iximche (“E-Shim-Shay”) – Flores – Tikal National Park
After breakfast we will leave the hotel for Iximche, a Mayan sacred site. Here we will join a Mayan Nana (female shaman) and her husband, a Tata (Male shaman) who will guide us through a powerful Sacred Fire Initiation Ceremony.
In the late afternoon we will fly to Flores – Petén. We will drive through primary jungle that is inhabited by jaguars, monkeys, coatis, and many other animals (with luck seeing a jaguar at the side of the road) and spend the night at the Tikal Jungle Lodge located inside the Tikal National Park (declared a World Heritage Site in 1979).
Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 4, Jan 5: Tikal
After breakfast we will begin our first exploration of Tikal, one of the most important cities in the ancient Mayan World. At the entrance of the park we will stop at a giant guardian Ceiba (Kapok) tree where we will join John and Mayan shamans in asking permission from the spirits of the trees, the land, animals, plants and elements for all of us to be there for the next three days. We will continue our walk in silence to the Grand Plaza. Here we can explore the magnificent palaces and structures with our local Mayan guide, Julio Tot – a Mayan shaman and friend of John and Daniel’s for many years and an authority on the Mayan calendar, culture and traditions. In the Grand Plaza, surrounded by pyramids and temples, we will have the opportunity to discover, take shamanic journeys, meditate, and connect with this magical place.
We will continue our walk through the forest to Temple IV, the highest of the Tikal pyramids. From the top, we can witness a magnificent view of the entire area. Near here John and a Mayan Tata (male shaman) will make an offering on our behalf to the Mayan Wisdom Keepers honoring the transition to the new cosmic cycle and the beginning of the new era (which officially opened in December 2012 and continues to unfold). We will learn about the Long Count calendar (26,000 years) and the Short Count calendars (5,200 years) and the optimism of the prophecies of the future calendars that have just begun.
As we walk back to the hotel area we will pass through a ceremonial site known as Group G. Here we will spend time exploring on our own and learning from our shaman guides the significance of the area. We will then continue back to the hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon we can rest or explore some of the other areas.
After dinner we will have the opportunity to participate in a very special ceremony that only people who have been trained by Mayan shamans (as we will have been during the previous days) are invited to. This will be led by and include personal healings from Tata Domingo – who has worked with John, Daniel, and Julio for many years and will stay with us during the rest of our trip. In the past Tata Domingo has often been joined and assisted by his wife and young daughter (a shaman in training) and we expect they too will be with us during our travels.
Day 5, Jan 6: Tikal
After breakfast, we will return to the Grand Plaza and then to the “Lost World Complex” (the oldest area in Tikal), where we will do a Shapeshifting Ceremony and workshop and continue our process of rising to higher consciousness, realizing our higher purpose, completing our mission, and materializing our “dreams”.
Lunch will be at one of the restaurants in the park.
The early afternoon is for individual explorations of Tikal – inner/outer journeys in this magical place of the prophecies, with an emphasis on your personal role in your life, the planet, and the universe.
This will be followed by a late afternoon-early evening special fire ceremony inside Tikal, at the altar of an ancient Ceremonial Pyramid
Note: During the days while we are in Tikal, Yaxha and Lake Peten Itza, Tata Domingo and Julio, the Mayan Shamans, will offer special individual “seed readings” and personal calendar interpretations (Mayan traditions) for each of the participants.
Day 6, Jan 7: Tikal – Yaxha (“Ya-Shah”) – Peten Itza Lake
After breakfast we will leave Tikal for Yaxha. This site is spectacular and seldom visited by anyone outside the Maya community. Our visit will include a cleansing fire ceremony at the altar of the main pyramid. We have the option to climb the highest pyramid; and from there be treated to an unforgettable view of the surrounding jungle and lake. We will also study the examples of Mayan architecture that indicate that the end of the civilization built around the vast cities and pyramids came as a result of over materialistic consumption, climate change, and resource destruction (a powerful message for out times!)
In the late afternoon we will travel to the Tikal Camino Real Hotel, located on the shore of Lake Peten Itza. This gorgeous and sacred lake is set within the Maya forest which constitutes the largest continuous expanse of tropical forest remaining in Central America. Lake Peten Itza is about 48km long and covers an area of 98 km2. The lake is likely to have held water during arid glacial periods.
We will have time to rest in this beautiful and elegant hotel (laundry opportunity), have lunch and enjoy the great views and facilities.
Day 7, Jan 8: Peten Itza Lake
We will have a free morning to rest and relax. Also John, Daniel, Tata Julio and Tata Domingo will be available for personal consultations.
At approximately 3:30 pm we will gather at the beach of the lake to participate in a Ritual Bath and Purification Ceremony. (John and the Tatas ask everyone to bring and wear white clothing for this ceremony – a bathing suit can be worn under the clothing if desired). While in the lake we will submerge ourselves 13 times with an offering that will be prepared for each of us, and then participate in a fire ceremony on the beach.
Our farewell dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 8, Jan 9: Peten Itza Lake – Guatemala City
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Guatemala City arriving mid-morning. A bus/van will take us to the International section of the airport for connections home or other destinations.
Cost per person: $3,500 (double occupancy).
Initial deposit of $1000 will confirm your space. Second payment of $1500 is due August 1st, 2018. Balance of $1000 is due November 1st, 2018.
Single Supplement: $900 per person.
Reservations: All reservations are subject to availability. To make a reservation for the journey or for information about how to reserve your space and make your deposit, please contact Linda Leyerle at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Guatemala, it is not possible to reserve rooms, air tickets or park entrance fees without a copy of the traveler’s passport. Linda will give you details about how to send a copy to us. Time is of the essence so please respond as soon as possible if you are interested in this journey.
Cost includes: Private tour bus or van for travel during the journey, all meals, hotels, tips for restaurants and hotels, water during meals, transportation to and from airport in Guatemala, intra-country flights, entrance fees, local guide and/or shamanic guide to share history and archaeological information, Mayan shaman to share ancient teachings and traditional ceremonies.
Cost does NOT include: Roundtrip airfare to Guatemala City, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, “seed readings” with the shaman, tips for the guides, shamans and private bus driver, personal items and souvenirs.
This journey is for individuals ready to have an educational/experiential experience. Persons with physical or psychiatric challenges may find this journey too difficult or uncomfortable. We recommend a visit with your doctor at least 6 weeks in advance of departure. No immunizations are required unless you will be entering Guatemala from a country with Yellow Fever – in which case you will need a Yellow Fever immunization and be prepared to show proof. We will not be in high altitudes in Guatemala. More information is available on the CDC webpage.
No visas are required for most people entering Guatemala (US, Canadian, EU, Australia and New Zealand citizens). If you have questions about this, please let us know. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the date of your return (July 02, 2019).
Please be aware that at some of the locations there may be limited or no cellphone and Internet service.
Once you have reserved your space, we will send you more information – packing lists, info about the country, etc. You will be fully prepared for the journey. Also, Linda is always available by email for any questions or concerns – whatever they may be.
Cancellations & Refunds: Due to availability of space on our journey and the time required to process trip reservations, your deposit will not be refundable if received after October 1st, 2018. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect yourself in case extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your trip. Travelex or CSA are two respected possibilities.
Responsibilities: ANDEAN PATHS reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a participant at any time, and to make changes in the itinerary whenever deemed necessary for the comfort, convenience, and safety of our participants, and to cancel a journey at any time. In the event a journey is cancelled, ANDEAN PATHS shall have no responsibility beyond the refund of monies paid to it by program participants as listed. By registering, the participant agrees that neither ANDEAN PATHS and/or their affiliates shall be liable for any damages, loss or expense occasioned by any act or omission by any supplier providing services to any program participant. The only reason that Andean Paths would cancel a program is for safety reasons due to impassable roads, protests in Guatemala, or similar unforeseen events.
John and Daniel are very excited about the opportunity to share this amazing journey with you.