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Lake Atitlan

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  1. Panajachel

While Catholicism has been the predominant religion in Guatemala since the arrival of the Spanish, what we in the West think of as Catholic is often quite different from what the Mayans practice.

Mass, baptisms, weddings and funerals are preformed by ordained priests as the Church prescribes. However there are Mayan priests that hold their own ceremonies – ceremonies the Pope wouldn't begin to recognize, much less sanction. A Mayan ceremony is run by a Mayan priest who holds what is called a "cemada" or burning in which he or she makes offerings to God.

Ceremonies are held for many reasons such as your or someone else's health, or the success of a business. It's a good to have an idea of what you need before going to visit Candelaria.

We'll pick you up at your hotel in Panajachel and take you to Candelairia's house, where she has a small room with a fireplace where she has her cemada. There is not room for more than four people, so we either break larger groups into smaller ones or we can hold the ceremony somewhere else. Contact us with the form above and we will make arrangements.