Welcome to Your Yoga Teacher Training in Guatemala!
Venue Contact Info:
Name: Casa CobAnanda
Location: Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Contact: Coby Hadas
Phone: +502 3340 9815 (Guatemala)
WhatsApp: +1 (858) 751-9584
Plan to arrive into Guatemala City Aurora (code GUA) International airport. From there, please keep in mind that it is still a half day journey to Casa CobAnanda’s, so be sure to arrange a flight to arrive one day prior to the day the training program begins.
IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE THE TRAINING, YOU HAVE A FEW OPTIONS:
Lake Atitlan is about 3.5 hours from Guatemala City Airport. A month before the training begins, you will receive an email from your lead facilitator with arrival information. At that time, your lead facilitator will answer questions regarding arrival, organize group rides, shared taxis, shuttles, etc. Don’t stress out about this… we’ve helped several hundred people arrive to the lake with safety and ease. The following options are some ideas of how you may like to arrive to the lake.
Option 1: Private, Fast & Easy: You are welcome to arrive early to Casa CobAnanda’s and settle in for as long as you’d like, pending availability. Coby can help you organize transportation directly to the site ($90us).
Option 2: Colonial, Historical, Delicious: From the airport you may wish to take a shuttle to Antigua, Guatemala, a nice colonial town with lots of tourist activities and great restaurants. Shuttles leave the airport every hour and are easy to reserve on the spot. From Antigua you can continue on to Casa CobAnanda via private car ($90us) or take a shuttle to San Marcos La Laguna, which can be organized in any hotel.
Option 3: New Age Fun: San Marcos La Laguna is a vibrant tourist town with lots of new-age spiritual offerings and is only 15 minutes from Casa CobAananda’s. You may wish to arrive early and spend some time there. You may arrive in private taxi or via a shuttle from Antigua. The day the training begins, there will be a group ride from San Marcos to Casa CobAnanda at 2pm.
**Arrival Day: You must be in San Marcos la Laguna by 2pm on the arrival day for a group shuttle to Casa CobAananda.
**Departure Day: Schedule your flight out of Guatemala either in the late afternoon/evening (after 5pm) of the last day of the training (private shuttle would be necessary to arrive in time), or stay and explore the incredible sites around the lake. We will finish around 11am on the last day. There are collective shuttles leaving San Marcos (a nearby town) each day at 2.30pm for Antigua, arriving around 6pm, spend a nice night or two exploring Antigua and then take a collective shuttle back to the airport for your flight. Coby can help arrange departure transportation during the training. This does not need to be organized before the training begins.
Near Guatemala City Airport: Hostel Novo, Quetzalroo, Hotel Dos Lunas, Hostel Villa Toscana, Mariana's Petit Hotel
In Antigua: A Place to Stay - Kula students receive a 10% discount! Contact them on their Facebook Page
Laundry: Laundry services are available. Washing is by hand and line dried. $7us per 12 lb load.
Internet: Available. Quality is variable for video calls. Adequate for voice calls and messaging.
Yoga mats are available.
Book Extra Days If Desired:
If you would like to arrive early or stay later, please contact Coby, whose contact info is above.
WHAT TO BRING:
Probiotics: You may want to prime your digestive flora with some probiotics before you leave for Guatemala and tuck some away in your luggage to have with you while you travel. The probiotic that can effectively fight unwanted bacterias/parasites in the belly is Lactobacillus Plantarum, it is important to make sure the probiotics you bring contain this bacterial strain.
The following are supplements and medicines you can bring with you, but please do not start them before you arrive and only take them if you have a stomach problem:
1. Paragone: this supplement will cleanse your system of unwanted parasites as well as prime your digestive system if you have a stomach parasite. This product can be found at most health foods stores such as Whole Foods. You may want to bring an extra pack in your bag in case you are affected by parasites during your visit to Guatemala.
2. Activated Charcoal and Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) or Colloidal Silver. Both are easiest to bring and take in capsule or liquid form, and work well to cleanse the system if you are sick.
3. Personal Water Filter or SteriPen: We use triple carbon and clay Eco-filters to purify our spring water, but you can also bring a personal water filter to attach to your water bottle for a further filtration.
RECOMMENDED PACKING LIST:
Weather in Tzununa is usually very mild. Most days the temperature is around 17°-24°c / 62°-75°f. However, due to the altitude at Lake Atitlån (1500m/5000ft), nights can be as low as 8°c / 46°f. Guatemala has a dry season (November to April) and a wet season (May - October) each year. July and August are often also dry with a break in the rains. Please pack accordingly for stays during the wet season.
Organic and biodegradable shampoo/conditioner/soap
Sandals / Boots
Yoga mat (Mats are provided, but feel free to bring your own!)
Rechargeable solar power battery cell
Warm clothes for colder nights
Sacred object for our Altar
A neti pot and a tongue scraper are encouraged to be used as a part of the course curriculum. You can purchase both of these on your own at any health food store or on Amazon.
We encourage daily journaling before, during and after the training. Please bring a journal, as well as any creative tools that enable you to express yourself such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.
Please bring with you any sacred objects you work with such as crystals, tarot cards, mala, stones etc.
Immigration and Visas:
Your Guatemalan Tourist Visa (valid for 90 days) will be given to you at immigration once you've arrived in Guatemala. Depending on your nationality you may need a return flight out of the country to be presented at check in for your flight.
No inoculations are required to enter Guatemala, but it is always best to talk to your doctor and check out the Center for Disease Control website for information about recommended vaccinations.
Our filtered water has been tested by a local authority and is approved for drinking and washing. While we take necessary steps to ensure your drinking water is filtered and food is prepared in a safe and clean manner, we encourage you to take responsibility for your health in Guatemala.
It is common for travellers in Guatemala to suffer from upset stomachs, diarrhea and/or vomiting from exposure to different bacterias. If you do fall sick during your time with us, we encourage you to surrender into the experience and allow it to be an opportunity for growth and learning about the deeper layers of Self. Many insights arrive during times when the body is releasing if we allow the space for it.
We encourage you to regularly eat papaya seeds, probiotic foods such as kimchi, add vinegar to your water, and take GSE and Activated Charcoal if you have a sensitive system.
The Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ) is the local currency.
1 USD = 7.5 quetzales
1 EUR = 8.6 quetzales
1 CAD = 5.7 quetzales