Rejuvenate, Restore, Relax...
Experience the beauty of Guatemala. The adventure begins with an awe inspiring helicopter flight through the remote jungle to Utopia. We have created the perfect combination of relaxation & adventure. Enjoy customized yoga classes with top instructors Hali Love and Jamie Klaes, guided meditation offered daily as well as a variety of outdoor adventures.
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Join the Utopia family for a 10 day all inclusive yoga retreat. Offering yoga twice a day, meditation, self inquiry, healthy meals and a long list of adventurous activities. Utopia Eco Hotel is located in Guatemala the heart of the Mayan world in the highlands of Alta Verapaz in a small village called Semil close to the National Park Semuc Champey. Surrounded by the Mayan culture, Semuc Champey is so remote you will not find it on most maps. Utopia is in the center of a large cacao farm. In the Mayan culture they say “cacao is the food of the gods”. At Utopia you will have the time to find yourself and reflect on life while enjoying the best service we can offer in our remote yet comfortable setting.
Our cabins are rustic to fit the natural setting you will find around Utopia. We build our cabins in a local style to allow guests the real experience of Guatemala, rustic, comfortable, and clean. Our typical guest spends a lot of time exploring the surrounding area and the Utopia property. There are many adventures to be had. Many spaces to practice yoga, serene spots to meditate, beautiful trails and walkways around the cacao farm. Utopia was created to provide a space for peace of mind and softness of heart. Trust nature to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
All Inclusive Yoga Retreat
-Pick up from the Guatemala City international airport with transportation to Antigua
-First night in Antigua in a beautiful Colonial style hotel
-Transport to Utopia via helicopter
-8 nights stay at Utopia Eco Hotel
-All food and non alcoholic drinks
-Yoga twice per day
-Meditation and self inquiry
-Semuc Champey and Kan’ba Cave Tour
-Utopia Cacao Farms Chocolate Tour
-Tubing down the Cahabon River
-Indigenous hike with lunch at a local home
-Hiking on one of Utopia's many trails and walkways around the cacao farm crossing rope bridges and exploring the jungle atmosphere
-Bird watching with over 100 species of birds found on and around the property
-Relaxing at the Cahabon River
-Alone time to reflect and meditate on one of our many meditation areas in the cacao field
-Bus transport from Utopia Eco Hotel to Antigua 8hrs with 3 stops along the way to see some of the country side and plan your next trip to Guatemala
-Last night stay in Antigua next morning taxi service back to the airport in Guatemala City (food is not provided this day, paid by individual)
Services include your pick up from the airport with transportation to Antigua. Depending on your arrival time in Guatemala you will have time to check out the beauty of the town and meet up with some of the other guests on the retreat. On the next day you will take a helicopter to fly directly to Utopia Eco Hotel in Alta Verapaz, your home for the next 8 nights where you will have the opportunity to relax, restore, and rejuvenate. At Utopia we have a local chef offering vegetarian or seafood meals for lunch and dinner. The meals will always be a family style. Breakfast will be served from 7am to 8am, lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and dinner around 7pm. In the evening you can either relax around the main building or possibly sit by the fire along the river, gazing at the stars or just kick back and read a book. Drinks, smoothies and healthy snacks will always be available. After breakfast morning meditation and yoga are offered, and yoga again in the afternoon before or sometimes after dinner.
After the morning yoga and meditation we offer one of the guided activities. Depending on the weather and the group the schedule varies and is subject to change. The schedule below will give you an idea on the tours and activities that will be included in your adventure.
Utopia Yoga Retreat Itinerary
Each day will begin with meditation and a Vinyasa Yoga Practice. There will be breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday. Each evening there will be a Yin Practice and a self inquiry session with journaling or meditation.
Day 1 Arrive to Antigua, Guatemala We will be waiting for you at the Guatemala City international airport in where we will pick you up and bring you to your hotel in Antigua. Depending on your time of arrival you might have the time to walk around the beautiful town and enjoy some of the sites, check out the museums and ruins or just enjoy a nice dinner with the view of the volcanoes which surround Antigua. Some of the volcanoes are active and with a bit of luck you can see the eruptions at night. Then off to bed to be ready for your adventure on day 2!
Day 2 The REAL Adventure Begins You will get up early to enjoy a good breakfast and pack your stuff to take off at 9am with the helicopter. From Antigua to Utopia is a 1 hour flight with awesome views of the beautiful country. The time of arrival is 10am or 2pm depending on what flight you are on. Once you land we get you settled in your rooms. After a delicious lunch we will have an orientation and tour of Utopia Eco Hotel and the surrounding 16 acre farm. The rest of the day will be yours to relax, yoga and meditation will be offered in the evening.
Day 3 Make Your Own Chocolate Chocolate Tour at the Utopia Cacao Farms! During your stay you will be surrounded by chocolate trees on the Utopia property. The tour is followed by a fun and informative 3-4 hour class on how to make delicious natural chocolate in your own home with your every day appliances. You will learn the basics of the cacao tree and chocolate- making from the seed to delicious chocolate candies and drinks. We will roast, grind and peel the cacao bean that we will then make drinks and candies out of. This is a hands on tour that will allow you to complete all the steps you need to make you own chocolate even at home. Also, you will learn about the health benefits of organic dark chocolate.
Day 4 Semuc Champey and Kan’ba Cave Tour
The 4th day might be the highlight of your stay! You're going to the famous National Park of Semuc Champey (translation: where the water hides under the ground) and the Kan’ba Cave (translation: yellow mole)
You will leave Utopia with your tour guide around 10am, transportation is about 15 min to the cave and the park. This tour begins with a visit to the Caves. This area is primarily limestone and is a carvers paradise with thousands of unmapped caves to explore. The one on your tour is open to the public and it is known as wet cave, because you will be in the water all the time crawling, climbing and even swimming through it while holding a candle in your hand. You may ask how to swim while holding a candle? Answer: very carefully. Swimming through this cave will make you feel like a first-time explorer and the candles create the ambiance. Once you enter the cave you will find yourself climbing rope ladders, jumping into pools and at one point going down a small waterfall into the abyss on the other side. When you have finished the cave tour you will walk down along the river to the extension bridge where you will take a short break and allow those who like the adventure to jump the 10 meters off the bridge into the Cahabon River. From there you will continue a short walk to the entrance of the National Park of Semuc Champey, which is essentially an area of the pristine mountainous forest where the river cascades through seven crystal clear emerald green pools. Once you are in the park you will head off a stiff uphill 1.5km walk which will take you to the view point where you can snap some breathtaking aerial shots of the pools and the surrounding mountain range. With a bit luck you will see howler monkey hanging out in the trees. The color of the water changes during the year, depending on the season, sun and other natural factors. If however you are not up for this hike you can take the much lower route (basically a flat 7 minute walk) directly to the pools where you can relax and wait for the rest of the group to catch up to you. Once you have arrived at the pools this would be a good time to relax and enjoy your packed lunch or go swimming. This is a full day guided excursion.
Day 5 Typical Cooking Classes
Taking this class you will assist our chef in making a typical lunch. You will learn how to make tortillas and a traditional dish. When you are done with all the hard work you will sit down and relax while enjoying your wonderful self-made food and take home some skills to make new meals for your loved ones.
Day 6 Tubing Down the Cahabon River
This day starts again with a pick up from Utopia to the park of Semuc Champey. Our guides will help you jump into the river at the entrance of Semuc Champey and get comfortable in the tube. The tubing continues along the Cahabon River over several small waterfalls and rapids. There are some calm areas where you can just relax and enjoy the scenery around you. This is a fun, fast paced adventure that will stop right to our doorstep. This tubing is not for the faint of heart. The tour can take 45 minutes up to 90 minutes, depending on the time of the year and the speed of the river.
Day 7 Mountain Hike and Local Lunch
At Utopia Eco Hotel we offer a wide range of walking trails one being our mountain hike. It’s a hike up with breathtaking views all along the way of the mountain range and the Cahabon River and crossing some rope bridges. This tour takes about 4-5 hours so be well rested and make sure you bring lots of water for the long but beautiful hike. You will end the hike at a house of a local family and will have a typical lunch. Also, you will see how the family lives and how they do their handcraft bags and materials which they sell at the markets around this area to make their money for living. The money the family earns from your visit will be enough to provide their food for more than a month.
Day 8 Relax.Restore.Rejuvenate
Use the day to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Options to return to the park of Semuc Champey, bird watching or any other activity Utopia provides. Regular yoga schedule applies, offering an additional restorative class on this rest day.
Day 9 Off to Antigua
This will be a very early morning departure around 4am so you need to be packed and ready the night before. The reason you need to depart so early with the private shuttle to Antigua is to arrive with enough time to enjoy the city, around 12pm. You will drop off the bags at the hotel and have your free time to get some lunch. We can show you where the market is so you can get all the gifts you might need to take home to your loved ones. The day is yours to enjoy so make the most of it. (Food is not provided on this day, each person pays their own meals)
Day 10 Departure
We will assist you in getting to the airport by arranging a shuttle in time to catch your flight.
The schedule of the tours can be changed depending of the weather and the feeling of the group. All tours are optional and not a must. They are all guided tours and of course included in the Utopia Yoga Retreat Package. Apart from the tours you always have the option to just get a tube to float in front of the hotel, walk on one of the trails on the Utopia property and look for some exotic birds or play volleyball.
You also can just enjoy a hammock or one of our meditation and yoga spots in the field and along the river.
We also can set up some other tours which we can discus when you arrive.
Private room with a private bath and closed outdoor shower, rustic cabins for 1 to 2 guests, price for 1 guests $2650, price for 2 guests $4850 includes all services listed below.
Private room with shared bath, our private nooks are a small cozy rooms with a queen size bed, just enough for a single person or a loving couple price for 1 guest $2300 price for 2 guests shared bed $4450 includes all services listed below
NOT included in the retreat package and price
• All food and drink in Antigua
• Alcohol in Utopia
• Tours or Services not listed in the above description
• 50% deposit of selected retreat package via PayPal upon booking
• 50% balance due 30 days before the retreat starts via Paypal
• 100% refund of deposit amount 75 days before tour
• 50% refund of deposit amount 30 days be for retreat date
• NO refund less than 30 days be for the retreat