General info about hosting a retreat with us:
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 The Yoga Forest, so be sure to arrange a flight to arrive one day prior to the day the training program begins.
IF YOU ARRIVE THE DAY BEFORE, YOU HAVE A FEW OPTIONS:
Option 1: Arrive to San Marcos a day early and stay the night in a hotel/hostel (or contact The Yoga Forest for availability the night prior and ask to arrange a private shuttle direct to San Marcos from the airport so that you settle in a day early.)
Option 2: From the airport take a shuttle straight to Antigua Guatemala (they leave every hour) and stay in a hostel/ hotel in Antigua for the night (see recommendations below). Antigua has great restaurants, markets, night life and is a safe tourist town. From there, take a collective shuttle for the earliest departure the next morning at 8am sharp (arrange at any travel agency the night prior - they are everywhere) and begin your journey to the lake in order to arrive to the meeting point for 2pm.
Arrival Day: You must be in San Marcos la Laguna by 2pm at the latest on the arrival day for an escorted pickup in town (this would mean catching an early 8am shuttle from Antigua at the latest). There will be one free escorted pickup arranged for the arrival day from Circles Cafe, at 2pm sharp. Make sure you have arrived on time for the pickup. For detailed information about getting to The Yoga Forest on your own, see the YF's Getting Here page.
Departure Day: Schedule your flight out of Guatemala either in the late afternoon/evening (after 6pm) of the last day of the training (Private shuttle would be necessary to arrive in time), or stay a day or two extra. We will finish around 10am on the last day. There are collective shuttles leaving San Marcos 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. Private and collective shuttles can be arranged with the Yoga Forest staff a few days prior to departure, there is no need to arrange in advance.
Hotel Recommendations near Airport: Hostel Novo, Quetzalroo, Hotel Dos Lunas, Hostel Villa Toscana, Mariana's Petit Hotel
Hotel Recommendations in Antigua: A Place to Stay - If you are staying at the Yoga Forest, you receive a 10% discount! Contact them on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/A-Place-to-Stay-Hostel-172308802844967/)
Arrange Transportation: The Yoga Forest can arrange a private transfer from the airport to bring you straight to San Marcos la Laguna, to arrive either for the free escorted pickup or the driver will walk you to the forest. The cost is Q800 (US$115) each way, and needs to be settled in advance via payment link that will be sent to you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your flight number, airline, arrival time and departure city for this service to be arranged.
Facilitators Staying the Night Before:
If you do request to stay the night before, we can not give you a definite answer until 30 days prior to your retreat.
If you have any other questions about hosting your retreat, feel free to contract our Retreats team at email@example.com!