What is the typical flow of the day?
Our days will begin with a vinyassa flow class in an open-air studio. After enjoying freshly prepared breakfast at the hotel, we will head out on a morning excursion. Most planned activities will take place between 8:30 and 4:00, and each evening we will have dinner together around 7:00. We will do two days of Karma Yoga, and there will be two afternoons when an additional yoga class will be offered. Every activity is included in the trip, yet each one is optional so that you can craft a schedule that is perfect for you.
Who will be teaching the yoga classes?
Sienna DeVoe-Talluto, hosting this experience.
What is the weather like?
The weather is beautiful and we will enjoy sunny, 75-85 degrees days and cool and comfortable nights. It is possible that we might also experience a light rain and some windy afternoons, but this will not prevent us from being outside. Lake Atitlán is about a mile above sea level.
Can beginners participate on this trip?
We welcome all levels! Our yoga teachers will create a nourishing practice environment that will meet you whether you have been practicing for a few months or many years. All we ask is that you have the intention to deepen your practice.
Is there a general level of fitness that is expected?
The beauty of this trip is that you can do as little or as much as you want and still have an amazing experience. Those who wish to participate fully in each activity should be eager to practice yoga, be able to walk 2-4 miles on a day on uneven ground, and be comfortable getting in and out of a docked boat. Some of our cabañas are up a steep hill; there are a lot of stairs, but the view is worth it! If you feel called to go on this trip and are concerned about your fitness, please get in touch using the “Ask a Question” button at the bottom of the page and we can discuss your specific situation.
How will we dress throughout the trip?
Casual spring/summer clothes will be perfect for this getaway. If you would like to participate in the Karma Yoga projects, plan to dress slightly more conservatively and wear sturdy sneakers or hiking books.
Will I be able to do laundry?
Laundry services are available for about $8/kilo.
What water will we be drinking?
The water in Guatemala is non-potable, so we will be drinking bottled water throughout the entire trip. It will be hot and we will be at elevation, so everyone is encouraged to stay hydrated. Unlimited drinking water will be available each day.
How much spending money should I bring?
For most people, $100 can go a long way toward buying plenty of souvenir-type bracelets, t-shirts and handcrafts. However, artisan-quality weavings, paintings, textiles, ceramics, etc. will cost more than those that are mass produced.
What is the Guatemalan currency and how can I get it?
The Guatemalan Quetzal (Q) is the national currency. The easiest way to get Quetzales is to bring crisp, flat, new U.S. dollars and exchange them at the airport. If you want a better exchange rate, you can use an ATM; bring two different debit cards in case one is not accepted. Please note that ATMs are not always dependable, and there is no ATM in the town where we will be staying.
Do I need a visa to enter the Guatemala?
US citizens do not need a visa to enter Guatemala.
Does my passport need to be valid for 6 months after the departure date of the Retreat?
Yes. Your passport must be valid through June of 2017 in order to participate in this trip.
Are any immunizations required for travel to Guatemala?
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for recommendations regarding immunizations and other medical situations. When discussing your travel plans with your doctor, it is important to know that we will only be in Lake Atitlán and Antigua.
Can the program accommodate specific diets?
We offer a vegetarian option at every meal. At breakfast and dinner, our hotel can accommodate other dietary needs.
Where is the nearest health center?
The closest hospital is in Sololá, about an hour away, and there is a naturopathic clinic in the town where we will be doing our Karma Yoga. If a situation arises beyond what can be treated locally, participants will be evacuated for medical treatment. International emergency medical insurance is NOT included in the cost of this trip, and you are ultimately responsible for all related costs of medical treatment including co-pays and/or any balances that insurance does not cover. It is strongly advised that you purchase international emergency medical insurance.
Is there anything that I might be surprised by?
You can not flush toilet paper in Guatemala. Instead there will be trash baskets by every toilet.
What types of transportation will we use?
We will hire private vans and buses for long drives, and we will use both private and public boats to get around Lake Atitlán. We might also travel in small, three-wheeled vehicles called tuk-tuks for short trips around town. Most of the time we will be on foot!
Do I need to bring a voltage adapter for my electronics?
Guatemala has the same electric current as the US, so no voltage adapters are needed. You can plug your phone/camera charger directly in the wall as the sockets have two, straight-prong openings. However, if you are bringing something with a three-prong plug, you will need a two-prong adapter.
How often will I have access to the internet?
Our hotel will have wifi, but please note that the wifi is not always dependable. Consider unplugging for the week!
What about traveler’s diarrhea?
We eat at restaurants that cater to travelers and offer the highest health standards possible. However, given the environment, it is best to expect to experience traveler’s diarrhea sometime during the trip (while hoping, of course, that you are like many people and never experience any symptoms!).
Can I bring gifts or donations to give to local children?
Thank you for your generosity! We won’t be giving gifts directly to individuals; instead, a few weeks before our departure, we will ask our local partners what their greatest needs are and then we will post these “wish lists.” If you would like to contribute items from an organization’s wish list, it would be certainly be appreciated. Also, by participating in this trip you will be supporting two community initiatives since your program fee includes a donation to each of the organizations we work with.
I would love to go, but these dates don’t work for me. Do you offer custom tours?
Yes! We can design a custom tour for your group or your studio. We can also arrange accommodations, transportation, and activities for the independent traveler. Use the button below to get in touch, and let us know what you have in mind.
I still have questions. What should I do?
Get in touch! We would love to hear from you. You can submit a question using the button below.
I want to sign up for the Karma Yoga Retreat. What should I do?
Use the button below to tell us a bit about yourself, and then we will send you all the materials you need to secure your reservation.