Belize & Guatemala Part I

Scent & Faeries

What perfumes to bring on a jungle faerie hunt…

“A cozy one, a sexy one, one for the weather, and a wild card.”  Inviting advice offered  from friend and blogger Julie Johnson of The Redolent Mermaid to my quandary on a last trip.

I confess that mostly I’m a last minute packer.  Sure, I have grand plans to pack  two-three days before a trip and then re-pack the day before,  removing half of the stuff, etc.  But no, mostly, I just end up shoving everything into the suitcase last minute.  Yoga mat?  Check…

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Hmmmm – packing bags in my bag…

Careless as I might be in packing clothes, not so with perfume.  Not always.  But mostly.  Laying the potential fragrances out ahead of time to sniff and dream gets me in the mood.  And it’s an adventure to see if the way I predict fragrance interacting in an environment will play out in just that way.

For this jungle faerie hunt I selected a small vial of rare Hawaiian Jasmine in oil for my weather (tropical) scent.  A gift from a friend who procured it at a farmer’s market in Kauai it seemed an obvious choice.

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Rare Hawaiian Jasmine and Butterfly

A small potent vial of verdant faerie’s Butterfly was my cozy scent.  More of an aromatherapy scent than a perfume, Butterfly is bright with Geranium and Mint, and grounding with Clary Sage.  It is perfect for jet-lag or the disorientation that sometimes accompanies travel.  The bottle is now empty…  Somehow it’s brightness was a soothing tonic.  Helping me to feel stronger and ready for adventure.

My sexy  scent was verdant faerie’s Eau De Parfum, Duskblossom, a rich scent with a seductive heart of Jasmine & Tuberose and a complex narcotic patchouli / tobacco base.

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Duskblossom

On the trip I ended up slathering Butterfly on my wrist to wake up and then layered my sexy pick DuskBlossom on top, day and night.  During the day I would occasionally layer on the straight up jasmine.  I found the Hawaiian Jasmine and Jasmine-heavy Duskblossom perfect for the jungle.  It’s heady seductiveness lured me into lush jungle spirit.  Blooming, thick, both ethereal and and of the earth.

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The wild card was J. Hannah’s award-winning Skive.  I especially love to take this one traveling because of it’s nifty eco-lux and travel ready packaging.  The scent itself is always a surprise to me, although I’ve known it for several years.  And its smokey, woodsy, musky, tea scent always brings out unique nuances in the environment I am exploring.  I reached for Skive just once.  At the Lamanai Lodge deep in the jungle.  On a night when I got the itch to enjoy a scotch at the lodge bar.   Stay up late listening to the songs of night critters as the Howler monkeys finished their last throaty bellows.  The smooth smokiness matched the scotch and the sounds.  I felt far away.

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J. Hannah’s Skive with its leather ‘glamping’ wrap
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That’s my scotch over there at the Lamanai Lodge.

Once, as an experiment I put some drops of Butterfly into a pair of smelly sneakers.  My brilliant idea did nothing to mask this funk.  Then they just smelled like funk and Butterfly.  C’est la vie. They are now sitting with good ol’ baking soda.

Interestingly, the lush intensity of the jungle softened all the fragrances, and I was really digging DuskBlossom with Butterfly as I wandered around under massive vine covered trees investigating endless variations of miniscule mosses.

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Copal

In the off-the-beaten-track shop of Miss Garcia I hit gold in the form of Copal Resin.  Miss Garcia opened the door of her pink shop to us on a Saturday night.  Her smile and transcendent Saturday night copal smudging scent greeted us. Still soft and fresh, she unwrapped the copal and cut me off a 1/4 pound piece.  I mentioned I wanted to tincture it for perfume, and she instructed that it should soak for 9 days, a sacred number as per the Mayans.

I left the shop floating on an incense cloud basking in the radiance of the kindly Miss Garcia.

I will tincture some in organic alcohol and oil.  For 9 days, as recommended.

Incidentally, Copal is a resin from the Copal Protium Tree.  It is used mostly as an incense but can add a lovely incense base note to perfumes.  A bit like Frankincense only sweeter and more ethereal.

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Miss Garcia

 

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Miss Garcia’s shop.

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All the gorgeous imperfections.
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Cutting it is like cutting a very firm cheese
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The tree is nicked to cause the resin to flow.

Mayan Faeries – The Alux

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The faerie hunter.

This dapper fellow and frequent travel companion is my dad.  In addition to being an incredibly literate professor, he shares my curiosity in faeries.  He always gets his question out in the most serious and professorial of manners, asking our local guides what they know of the Alux (pronounced ah-loosh) a Mayan sprite or faerie.

As children our Belizean guides were cautioned not to go into caves.  In the caves the Alux lie in wait and will get you.  And parents are advised to have more than 1 child as the Alux are less likely to talk a child into going off with him if a sibling is present.

“Does anyone ever come back from there after being caught?” asks yours truly.

“Ummm.  No.”

Now, doesn’t that make you just a touch suspicious?  Don’t you wonder what it’s like in the land of the Alux?  Maybe it’s super nice and the children don’t WANT to come back…  Hmmm.

Belize & Guatemala Part II coming very soon..

In the meantime for more scented beauty, check out Julie Johnson’s blog –

The Redolent Mermaid

Do you travel with perfume?  How do you decide what to bring?

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Sex & Scent – A Cautionary Mayan Tale

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Sex and Scent – A Cautionary Mayan Tale

Xkeban was lusty as she was beautiful.   Lust coursed through her body unchecked. A libido as big as the hot at the peak of a summer’s day in the Yucatecan jungle when you can do nothing but lay in your hammock and sweat, too hot to even fan. That’s how big her lust was.

That’s right, I said, unchecked. And in the little Mayan village where Xkeban lived, the sway of her hips as she lead her many lovers off to her palapa or worse yet, to the jungle, filled the more sanctimonious villagers with condemnation.

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And in the hearts of the villagers, the Yucatecan heat blazed in a hell-storm of fiery condemnation for that “floozy,” Xkeban. And fan this fire they would. Especially one villager named Utz-Colel.

Utz-Colel was just as beautiful as Xkeban, but she was pious. She did not let her secret passions drive her to look brazenly into the eyes of the men. Or to openly leer at the curve of their low backs, (you know, that dip just above a man’s buttocks where neatly fits a hand) as she “accidently” brushed her swelling breasts up against him in the market place to reach for the ripest mango. Nope. Utz-Colel did not even think of such things. She did not give into these passions merely because it “felt natural” as Xcaben was prone to. Really. No, never.

Yet… whom was it the villagers called for when they were ill and needed someone to sit by their sick beds dampening their fevered foreheads? And who was it that took in the goats when past milking age? And the old dogs too lazy and useless?

Have you guessed it? Not the pious Utz-Colel, but Xkeban. Because Xkeban’s heart was as big and kindly as her lust. Truly, even bigger. And while Xkeban would use the finery gifted her by her lovers to feed the indigent. Utz-Colel would scorn those below her while she twisted her ribbons and dark thoughts into her black braids. For inside she was bitter and Utz-Colel’s heart was cold as snakeskin.

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One day a most delicate and sweet perfume filled the air of the little village. The sublime intoxicating effects of this aroma caused all to seek its source, leading them to the home of that (good-hearted) slut, Xkeban. Her time amongst the living was done and there she lay, and from her wasted body emanated this fine perfume.

Well, Utz-Colel was in disbelief and swore up and down that when she died she would smell one hundred times better than that whore, Xkeban…

A few good-hearted individuals who remembered Xkeban’s kindnesses arranged for her burial. The next morning the fragrance was even more pronounced. Scent intoxicated once again, the villagers followed the perfume to the grave of Xkeban to find darling little flowers, the Xtabentun flowers, had proliferated on her grave!

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Time passed and, I suppose you can guess what happened when pious and haughty Utz-Colel died. From her body emanated a foul stench so unbearable the villagers could barely stand to plant her in the earth upon which they hastily flung various flower seeds before scurrying quickly off.

But the next day only a spiny, odorless, cactus flower, called the Tzacam flower bloomed.

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Well from the other side of the grave, Utz-Colel became furious about this and arranged somehow (it’s a secret) to return from death and remedy this perfume problem. She decided she would wantonly seduce as many men as possible just as Xkeban had done. Then she too could smell of fine perfume and produce darling little flowers on her grave.

Now here is where my tale turns cautionary. So listen up, those of you who think this seduction plan is sounding… interesting.

Villagers beware! Utz-Colel has now taken to posing sensuously under the Ceiba tree at the edge of the village, languidly combing her long black hair. And if she lures you into the jungle with the sway of her ample hips in the delirious heat of a Yucatecan summer’s afternoon, you will not be seen in the village again. For the bitter, soul-stealing sex of Utz-Colel is like making love to an odorless cactus flower on a foul and cold snakeskin bed, and it is believed her savage wrath against Xkeban will be your demise. Really.

Just thought you’d like to know.

This tale is my retelling of a traditional Mayan tale. It is an absolute true story of how the Xtabentun and Tzacam flowers came to exist. If you don’t believe me then just go ahead into the jungle with Utz-Colel and see for yourself.

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~For My Mom~

This month will find me heading to the Yucatan Peninsula as a tour leader for my parents company Mexi-Mayan Travel.   We’ve a group of lively and curious travelers including my parents.  All avid learners and explorers and some archeologists and anthropologists.  We’ll explore Mayan culture and history as well as the local flora and fauna.  There’ll likely be some margaritas and excellent sea food…

As special gift to our group I’ll create for them a fragrance based on their group scent memories of our journey.  Each person picking one or two outstanding (pleasant) scent memories.  Then I’ll blend it up!

As always, thanks for visiting here!

Caribbean Escape

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Winter is coming…

Plan your escape NOW – Run away with me!

January 17-27, 2017

Peaceful, turquoise waters and island ports with sunshine, beauty, and seafood in abundance await you in Mexico’s Caribbean paradise.  And January is the perfect time of year, daytime temps in the 70’s or 80’s, evenings might require a light sweater.  The water is usually ideal.

So escape the cold and the madness of the world on a MexiMayan Travel adventure to discover Mexico’s flora and fauna. Explore jungle paths with exotic birds and plants, snorkel the reefs, or scuba dive with gentle rays and turtles. Anyone for kayaking or canoeing? Golf? Let us know!

Our itinerary will also include experiencing  the art and mystery of the ancient Mayan civilization with visits to several ruins and a trip to the architecturally stunning museum of Cancun.

I’ll be on hand to help arrange for optionals, offer meditations and gentle yoga type stuff, and generally see to your wellbeing.  The group will be a small manageable size.

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Check out this amazing itinerary!

Day 1. Jan 17, 2017. Arrive Cancun and check into the Holiday Inn on the beach of the hotel district, Kukulkan Avenida. Plan your arrival to enjoy a sunset swim in the ocean or pool.

Day 2. Jan 18. Buffet breakfast and optional and 15 minute stretch and 5 minute meditation with Doreen. 10am depart for a short trip to the Museo Maya De Cancun. A modern museum will acquaint you with the local natural sciences and Maya history and culture. You’ll see accurate copies of huge Maya temple facades and original artifacts. Next door to the museum is a quiet and magical site, San Miguelito, shady and studded with iguanas. Bring your camera!

 

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Lunch at the hotel follows then we check out and ferry it to Isla Mujeres. Hotel check-in (Villa la Joya or Na Balam) and safely stash our bags, and catch a boat to the Isle of Cantoy where we swim or snorkel with the rays, exotic bird-watch, or chillax on the white sand beaches.

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Day 3. Jan 19. Breakfast and optional yoga with Doreen. The afternoon provides a short tour of the island including the small Temple of Ixchel, the Moon Goddess. A temple active still with Mayan women making offerings. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you please.   You may choose to visit Garrafon de Castilla to connect with turtles, or just realx at the beach. Dinner alfresco (weather permitting) as we take in the sunset.  Close the day with an optional aroma-therapeutic Moon Goddess meditation ceremony with Doreen, and then off to mystical dreamland.

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Day 4. Jan 20. Breakfast and optional 10 minute core strengthening blast with Doreen.  Around noon we head down the Riviera Maya coast near Puerto Morales to Hotel Amarte, a recently discovered jewel hidden off the main road. Your camera or sketchpad can record the lush plant life. We’ll have a pool and a serene path to the ocean.

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Day 5. Jan 21. Buffet breakfast and optional 15 minute stretch and 5 minute meditation with Doreen. We continue south down the coast with a brief stop to examine two paintings on a Maya structure at Xel-Ha. The iguana will pose for you!

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We arrive at Club Akumal Caribe, our secret treasure with the best beach and bay on the coast. Club Akumal provides a variety of experiences. The view of the coast is preserved with charming low bungalows and a small 3-story hotel. Restaurants here are an updated breakfast spot and another for lunch or dinner on the beach. Gardens abound and snorkeling or swimming with turtles is right off the shore. If you prefer lounging by a pool, you got it. You can have a diving adventure here, taking advantage of the on-site dive shop. An Eco-Center with exhibits sometimes offers informational presentations. Close by is a well-stocked mini grocery.

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Hike a little farther to a petite lagoon for swimming or snorkeling.

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A short walk reveals a community of arts and craft boutiques and more small restaurants.

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Optionals from here include swimming at a nearby cenote!

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Day 6. Jan 22. Buffet breakfast and optional yoga with Doreen. Optional tour of the nature preserve, Sian Ka’an, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest Biosphere Reserve on the Yucatan peninsula.  Here bird-watching is world renown and the Reserve is home to thousands of species of Flora and Fauna.  Sian Ka’an is next door to the Mayan Ruins  and city of Tulum.

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Day 7. Jan 23. Buffet breakfast and optional 10 minute core strengthening blast with Doreen.  Optional tour of Muyil Ruins, a small archeological site nearby with a pleasant walk to arrive to its Castillo.

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Day 8. Jan 24. Buffet breakfast and optional 15 minute stretch and 5 minute meditation with Doreen. After a ferry ride to Cozumel we tour the island and check into the Casa del Mar Hotel & Dive Shop. More diving, beautiful sunsets, and free time awaits you.

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Day 9. Jan 25. Breakfast and then off to visit the archeological site of Tantun to pay homage at the Temple to Ixchel (our sacred MoonGoddess).

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Day 10. Jan 26. Breakfast and optional yoga or stretching with Doreen. Return to Cancun and the Holiday Inn. Visit the downtown market for souvenirs or shots of tequila. In the evening share your pictures and exchange addresses with your travel buddies and luxuriate with a final beach sunset.

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Day 11. Jan 27.   Return home – body kissed by the sun and spirit refreshed.

More details

We are finalizing the price of this package and are aiming for  $1,700.00 USD per person in a double room.  In final negotiations are the costs of tours and excursions, which may be offered as an optional add-on if they are not included in the total price.

Included in the package: Breakfast, hotels, transportation, some of the excursions and tours

Not included: Airfare, dinners and lunches, snorkeling or diving, some of the excursions and tours.

Excellent airfare prices can be found through Southwest Airlines.

Hope I see you there!

Interested?  Questions?

Please email me – doreen@verdantfaerie.com

 

 

Smelling the Coffee; Generosity of Spirit

 

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Portrait of an Angel in Coffee – can you see the wings?

Birthdays always make me a little uncomfortable.  I feel awkward with all the attention.  Wishing on the candles always feels … odd.   I try to be gracious and go with the flow.  But secretly I hope everyone will just forget.

This year my birthday arrived while I was in Guatemala traveling with a group of kind and intelligent persons with Mexi-Mayan Travel.  Including my mother, who insisted we make a surprise stop at a bakery for cake, while on the way to our destination in the Guatemala forest, Takalik.

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Takalik Maya Lodge is near the ruins of Takalik.  An old coffee plantation turned lodge.  Tucked on a steep hillside our group would have struggled to make the hike up the hill to the restaurant, so the staff generously brought coffee down to the porch for my birthday celebration.

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While waiting for the coffee I slipped off  the porch for some yoga and meditation.

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Birfday Yoga Studio
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Forest Meditation Here
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The Path View

Meditating on the energy of the land, I was surprised at its gentle and feminine energy.  The forest, while not quite jungle, was thick and dense.  Yet so generously soft…

Everyone was very patient while I kept running down the hill to finish my yoga poses and meditation.

Then the cake and coffee.

 

The heavenly earthly coffee, the cake also.   But the comradery was supreme.  Such good will!

It was here that I finally found the solution to my birthday awkwardness.  From the sweetness of the land and my comrades and the generosity of the Guatemalan people hauling coffee down the hill.

I blew out my candles and wished for myself to be generous of spirit.  Done.  Happy Birthday to me.

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Later I talked my loving, wise mom into reading my coffee grounds.  Thick coffee sludge in my cup.  She hunched over the cup and saw everything that she knew I wanted…

Pics of the Lodge

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The Plantation Chapel

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And One Little Bean Trying To Grow!

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To travel with Mexi-Mayan Tours contact me directly or visit the website: Mexi Mayan Academic Travel

 

Faerie Without Borders – Guatemala!

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Greetings From The Free Range Faerie

I’m writing from the madness of what will soon be my ex-condo in Chicago.  Crap is strewn everywhere as my son and I close down this condo for a series of adventures.  It feels good to clear out and make room for the new.

While he is off at school, Missy and I are embarking on massive faerie hunt.  Travel, mystical exploration, blogging, faeries, and especially dedication to my perfume course with the Natural Perfumery Institute and launching the Verdant Faerie perfume line.

Keep checking for fun stories and beautiful images!

First Stop Guatemala

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There is still space to join the trip organized by my fascinating parents, Deb and Bob Stelton to Guatemala.  You can read a bit about them on the  Antiquities Shop Page.  Apologies for the late notice – we leave Jan 12th!  I am a tour director for this trip with my parents.  (Missy doesn’t get to go on this one.)

Bob is also fascinated by faeries.  We’ll ask locals if the Alux faerie we learned of in Mexico is also present in Guatemala.  The Alux  are mischievous faeries, that when treated well will protect your home and especially crops.

I will also seek out copal.  Resinous sacred Mayan incense, with intent to tincture it upon return.  Years ago I bought a stash wrapped in a husk of some sort, tied with twine.  Burning it on special ritual occasions…

We’ll be visiting markets and Mayan ruins.  Eating well and enjoying a few cocktails and laughs.  Staying in lovely accommodations and swimming in pools.  For those interested I will informally lead meditations and yoga.

The group is small, comprised primarily of academic and artistic people of retirement age or slightly younger.

If you have questions email me directly!  doreen@verdantfaerie.com

Trip Itinerary

MexiMayan Tours

Museum Quality tours 12S675 Knoebel Drive, Lemont, IL 60439 meximayan@meximayan.com

Guatemala Expedition: Investigations led by Prof. Jose Benitez January 12 – 19 $1306 per person (Extension Jan 19 -24, 2016)

Itinerary day by day

Day 1: Jan 12th Tues Arrival

Meet & greet at the airport by our host and transfer to your hotel, The Grand Tikal Futura Hotel in Guatemala City. http://www.grandtikalfutura.com.gt

Day 2: Jan 13th Weds Guatemala City
Tour to the stunning Popol Vuh Museum with artifacts from the
earliest settlers starting with a Clovis point and continuing through
periods of funerary ceramics to the Postclassic. At the Museum of
Archaeology you will say, “I see marvelous things!” Afternoon visit
Kaminaljuju, This vast city was a very important trading center for
the Mesoamerican region from the Preclassic (1200 BC) to the
Postclassic period (900 AD). It may have had settlers from as early
as 2000 BC. The Jade Museum in Costa Rica claims that their
ancient artisans imported jade from Guatemala to carve and then
exported Olmec carvings back. Most of this vast ancient city,-(Ka
meanal-hoo’ yu) has been destroyed by urbanization. We will enjoy a festive dinner at Kakao Restaurant with Jose Benitez. Grand Tikal Futura Hotel (B, D)

Day 3: Jan 14th Thurs Costa Sur: Olmec sites
Morning transfer to Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa. Today we visit El Baul and Bilbao with their acropolises connected by a wide sacbe and (foundations of) a 92 foot bridge. The Finca Las Ilusiones displays several fascinating sculptures. We continue to the site of Monte Alto in La Democracia to view several Olmec type heads and other enigmatic sculptures. Do these heads have similarities to the features of the heads of the 16 ritual figures at La Venta? Lunch and dinner at the lodge on you own. We suggest (best deal, pay

with quetzals) Afternoon transfer to rustic Takalik Mayan Lodge (B) 1

Day 4: Jan 15th Fri Takalik Abaj / Lake Atitlan
Today we explore Takalik Abaj the site of the recently excavated fabulous burial of an important priest, or king or chieftain K’utz Chman who ruled about 700 BC. Hundreds of beads, Jade jewels included a necklace with a green sculpted pendant in the shape of a vulture and a jade mask were included. Did K’utz Chman innovate changes that led to the development from Olmec to Maya?

Lunch at Takalik Mayan Lodge. Afternoon transfer to famous cobalt blue Lake Atitlan and checking in to the Porta Hotel in Panajachel (B,) http://www.portahotels.com

Day 5: Jan 16th Sat Free Day and Optional Tours
Today you can take the morning off to swim, shop, rent a bike or look at the gorgeous lake. Or:
Optional: A LAKE TOUR to Santiago Atitlan to learn about the Maya god, Maximon, a weaving village, a visit to the studios / homes of

the celebrated naïf painters and a ceremony with a shaman at San Marcos. Boats, tuk-tuks (3 wheeled vehicles w driver and guide $50).

Day 5 continued: Lunch at Posada de Don Rodrigo and visit to their “Museo Lacustre” (Lakeside Museum) and witness the result of underwater archaeology. Learn about the volcanic activity that created Lake Atitlan’s breathtaking landscapes and the underwater Maya city of Samabaj that was discovered by a scuba diving tourist. Lodging La Porta Hotel in Panajachel (B)

Day 6: Jan 17th Sun Chichicastenango / Iximche / Antigua Guatemala
Today you will visit Chichicastenango (1 hour) mask makers, morerias (dance costumes, drama scripts, props), Iglesia Santo Tomas, Cemetery, after the tour we will have lunch in tiny Tecpan probably at the friendly cozy Paseo Xejsminthe. After lunch we will be visiting Iximche archaeological site. Iximché was a Maya Cakchiquel city founded in 1463, less than a century before the arrival of the Spaniards; it played a decisive role in the Spanish conquest of this region of Guatemala. When Linda Schele visited on a Catholic holiday she was excited to find crowds worshipping with candles and altars to their gods. Even today, its four ceremonial plazas with their temples and ball court host ceremonies for the gods. We continue to Antigua and Conte-Nast award winning hotel the Casa Santo Domingo (Best Hotel of Central and South America. http://www.casasantodomingo.com.gt

Day 7: Jan 18th Mon Antigua Guatemala
Antigua visit Jade House and archaeologist, Mary Lou Ridinger with important stories to tell about her discovery of the source of jade, her founding of an archaeological conservancy and the recent theft of jade by a Chinese company. Optional Colonial Tour of Central park,

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Cathedral, Convent of the Capuchinas (home of unmarried daughters of rich Spaniards) and La Merced Church. (Transport, guide & fees $40)

Afternoon visit all the museums at Casa Santo Domingo, Dinner in a local restaurant in Antigua Lodging at Casa Santo Domingo (B)

Mail to MexiMayan Academic Travel 12 S 675 Knoebel Drive,
Lemont, IL 60439

Day 8: Jan 19th Tues. La Azotea Guatemala (Optional Tour) Breakfast at your hotel,

/ Antigua

Optional: Visit La Azotea Cultural Center with a Coffee farm Tour and an excellent Museum of Maya Musical Instruments. Take home some famous Guatemalan coffee for your pet sitter. Afternoon transfer to the airport to continue to Flores or back home.

End of the first part of the expedition. Price per person $1306. Single supplement $400

Payments by check to MexiMayan Travel. A $400 Deposit will hold your reservation. Please call Deb Stelton at 630 972 9090

ALL Hearty Breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Jose Benitez will take us to safe restaurants for lunch and dinner.
You will be able to choose and pay for your own meal. (Currently 7.5 quetzals per $1)

Extension to Tikal, Quirigua & Copan area
Day 8: Jan 19th Tues Flight to Flores
Continuing travelers will be transferred to the Guatemala City airport at 3:30pm Your flight departs for Flores at 6:30pm, and arrives Flores at 7:30pm.
Dinner (on your own) at the air conditioned Hotel Villa Maya, (B)

Day 9: Jan 20th Wed Tikal National Park
After breakfast you will be transfer to Tikal where you will be guided along the paths of the most important city in the Mayan world. Abundant wild life, the Mayan forest, temples millennial silent witness of the birth and splendor as well as of the collapse of one of the most important civilizations in the planet. Did Tikal collapse because they did not have enough sustainability to serve 50,000 citizens? Dinner in a local restaurant in Flores. Return to your hotel in time for viewing the sunset over the lake Lodging at Hotel Villa Maya (B)

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Day 10: Jan 21st Thu Quirigua / Copan
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to Copan (6 hours) on the way you will have guided tour at Quirigua, a site with the tallest stelae. What was the purpose of the zoomorphic carvings?
Dinner and lodging in Copan at Hotel Clarion Suites (B)

Day 11: Jan 22nd Fri Copan full day
Breakfast and tour to majestic Copan archaeological site including ruins, tombs and Museums
Dinner and lodging at Hotel Clarion Suites (B)

Day 12: Jan 23rd Sat Guatemala City
Breakfast and transfer to Guatemala City
Dinner and lodging at Grand Tikal Futura Hotel Guatemala City (B) http://www.grandtikalfutura.com.gt

Day 13: Jan 24th Sun Back Home

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time to catch your international flight back home (B)

Prices in US$ per pax $1600 Single Supplement $300 $400.00 deposit will hold your reservation.

First information needed: Your name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, your home address, your e-mail, your home phone number and your cell phone number. Do you need help with the airlines or travel insurance? Call MexiMayan Academic Travel at 630- 972 9090 and ask for Deb Stelton

Karina at Exito Travel can help you find the best fare if you need help.

This could be a rugged trip but you will be able to have tuk-tuks or other vehicles at points that might be considered difficult. We will start out after 9am in the morning.

Hepatitis A shots are generally recommended if you are traveling anywhere in the worls. Preventative pills for malaria or soroche might be suggested by your doctor. Long sleeves and long lightweight pants are suggested.

The northwest part of Guatemala is an area known to have a high crime rate. This trip does not go there. Downtown Guatemala City is another place that we do not visit.

You will need to fill out an Enrollment form. MexiMayan@neximayan.com or 630 972 9090 for questions.