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Surf and Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

On our first visit to the small fishing village of El Paredon, we fell in love. We were taken by the winding, dusty roads, black sand beaches, and the dreamy west coast sunsets. At this retreat in Guatemala we host you in a luxury resort where you will find relaxation, good vibes with good people, fun adventures and lots of surf on empty waves.

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The Surf

We love El Paredon for many reasons, but one of the highlights is its access to waves for all levels. Whether you are a beginner or expert, there will be plenty of waves for you. The surf here is mostly beach breaks and river mouths; with some swell-dependent opportunities to surf secret point breaks. This laid-back beach town faces south, meaning it picks up just about every swell along the Pacific. With this consistent swell comes consistent waves. Wake up every day to the sounds of the ocean and just steps away from an empty lineup. Join us here before the crowds arrive.

Included:

  • Maximum 12 guests
  • Accommodation in a beachfront resort.
  • 6 days of surf coaching alongside an experienced coach and guide to the best waves in the region for your surf level.
  • 6 days of video analysis or surf theory sessions
  • Surf Coach ratio of 2:1
  • All surf equipment except for rash guards.
  • Incredible food prepared by our in-house chefs
  • Round-trip transportation to and from the airport at set pick-up times.
  • One evening of guided meditation.
  • 1 weekly ice bath session
  • Daily breath work and mobility session
  • Daily yoga session
  • One dinner out at a local Restaurant
  • 2 surf skate sessions depending on surf conditions
  • Weekly visit/ presentation to see what projects the local NGO  are doing or some other community-based activity
  • Activities and adventures at the resort and to the surrounding community and environment,  bonfires at sunset, movie night, local cooking class,  community visit and a boat trip to explore mangroves.
  • An incredible team to ensure you have the best retreat experience ever.
Read More about How We Coach Surfing

The Yoga

Enjoy peaceful yoga classes overlooking the stunning landscape of green jungle meeting the blue sea. Offered as the perfect compliment to daily surfing, let your body and mind relax and reset. Our highly experienced teachers will tailor classes to the needs of the group, so that everybody is welcome to unwind and enjoy the endless benefits of yoga.

The Adventures

Settle into the laid-back lifestyle of El Paredon! This lazy beach town is not yet on many travelers’ radars, but it won’t be long until the secret is out. El Paredon is part of a National Park – promising lush mangroves, pristine beaches, and unique wildlife. Plenty of adventures await you in this down to earth fishing village.

  • Go on a boat cruise and wake surf through the estuary
  • Take a cooking class with a local family
  • Join us for dinner at a local restaurant
  • Spend an afternoon volunteering with a local NGO!

The Food

At Rise Up, we believe food should not only taste good, but make you feel good. Using fresh and local ingredients, all of our meals will fuel you for the week. Our talented chefs create delicious and nutrient dense meals and will cater to any dietary need. We enjoy all of our meals family-style, eating in the breezy, open-air dining area. With four meals on offer every day, plus appetizers and dessert, you will be able to cruise through each day with energy and a full belly!

The Familia

At Rise Up, you are welcomed into the family the moment you arrive in Guatemala. The week is designed to make you feel at home – so that you can relax, have fun, and create lasting connections. We cannot wait to share an unforgettable week with you!

Meet the team!

The Space

Our Guatemala surf lodge offers cozy vibes with a rustic luxury,  boho-chic aesthetic. Choose from a variety of room options, including a spacious loft room, bungalow, poolside swim-up cabana, or a surfer studio. When you are not out surfing or doing one the amazing activities we have in store for you, you can hang by the 20m pool (the most incredible pool of all our retreat locations) , take a siesta in the hammocks, or go for a walk on the beach. Kick your shoes off, put your laptop away, and come share in our little Guatemalan oasis.

  • Beach side accommodation
  • Tropical garden showers
  • Patios and a cozy lounging area
  • A/C and hot water
  • WiFi – but we recommend disconnecting!

Pricing

Double Non-AC
$3150
Single Room Non-AC
$3350
Double AC
$3550
Single AC (Limited Availability)
$3950

Prices are per person in USD

 

Availability 

Jan 25th to Feb 1st 2025

*Our retreats run from Saturday to Saturday, though we can  arrange arrivals on different days – please email [email protected]

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page.

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Not Included

  • Alcohol and speciality drinks
  • Weekly market
  • Massages and speciality wellness offerings
  • Extra activities (that are not included in the package)  – volcano hikes, fishing
  • Extra Transport outside of the transfer windows
  • Photos & Video Package

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Photos from Guatemala

Wade Hawkins
Wade Hawkins
April 3, 2024.
This was my first trip with Rise Up and my first surf trip ever. The food, coaches, and socializing was great. If you go on one of these trips you will meet some cool and dedicated staff. You will enjoy some great food and drinks and you will get a personal touch when it comes to surf coaching. Worth every penny.
Jason Stawiski
Jason Stawiski
April 3, 2024.
What a beautiful experience! The Rise Up Team is AMAZING! They took care of every detail, so that I could fully immerse myself in the experience and my vacation. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The surf coaches were awesome and knowledgable. And the chef was world class! The food was INCREDIBLE! Rise Up's attention to detail and quality is what made this experience so magical. I recommend this experience to everyone, and I am already figuring out when I can come back again! Thank you.
David Shlachter
David Shlachter
March 28, 2024.
What can I say but, "WOW?!" This was an exceptionally unique surf trip experience that included gorgeously designed and a appointed beachfront accommodations, super cool and friendly staff, absurdly delicious food cooked by a team under Nicaragua's top celebrity chef (a well-traveled, thoughtful and articulate polymath who also serenaded us with guitar during dinner one night), a team of surf coaches who are dedicated to helping you improve (every wave is video-recorded, and you have feedback sessions several times during the week so you can apply your learnings to the next session), phenomenal surf photographers, and an ops-manager and owners who are the sweetest, most genuine folks. I've been back only a week, but have already recommended Rise Up to a ton of people.
Andrew Bickham
Andrew Bickham
March 23, 2024.
Everything about this experience exceeded my expectations. The location (in my case Nicaragua) was beautiful. The surf coaching was incredible. My wife and I were very much novices, but there were other guests at all different levels, and all of us were given great coaching to help improve and continue improving throughout the week. The restorative yoga was perfect for the activities we were doing. The food alone might be worth the trip. However, I think the best part about this surf retreat is the staff (surf coaches, yogi, kitchen, housekeeping) and the people you meet from all over the world. Everyone is very positive, friendly, helpful, and patient. If you're thinking about doing this, stop thinking and book it already. You won't regret it.
kevin bancroft
kevin bancroft
March 12, 2024.
Five stars is not enough. My hope with this trip was to improve my surfing (not easily done at 50 years old) and the coaching staff at Rise Up far surpassed any expectation I could have set. A truly world class team of humans who could not have been more talented, kind, generous, and helpful. Surf theory, video analysis of every session, and detailed demonstrations were beyond amazing. The surfing aspect alone was enough for me to come back but quickly became just a small part of this trip. The location at Mandla Hotel was private, impeccably kept and easily the most breathtaking place I've stayed. Every part of our day was carefully curated to enhance our surfing. Yoga, guided breathwork, cold water immersion, surf skate lessons, etc. made every day unforgettable. Our chef and his staff prepared incredible meals which were all served family style for guests and staff to enjoy together creating an amazing bonding experience all captured by Felipe, Rise Ups amazing photographer who was always in the perfect spot. I couldn't be more thankful for what this trip provided, most surprisingly the guided breathwork. Mitch introduced me to a completely new experience and the breathwork is something that I will be adding to my daily routine. Absolutely incredible across the board and I can't recommend enough! This trip helped my surfing immensely, introduced me to a circle of amazing humans, and surprised me in so many ways. Can't wait to come back.
Carla Kephart
Carla Kephart
March 10, 2024.
My husband and I stayed at the Luxury Escape located in Nicaragua. It was beyond amazing, from the food to the staff and lets not forget the great waves. My husband does not label himself as a " surfer", but with the yoga and the amazing breathe work he also truly benefited and learned so much about not just himself but also about ways to control stress. This is truly a holistic place.
John Simoniello
John Simoniello
March 7, 2024.
My time at Rise Up was fantastic. Even in some challenging surf conditions at El Paredon, Guatemala, Dennis, Rita, Justin, and Vendela were invaluable coaches in the water and on land. The food was amazing, and the side trips really rounded out the whole experience.
William Kephart
William Kephart
March 7, 2024.
This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Christine
Christine
March 1, 2024.
If I could give this experience more than 5 stars, I would. In addition to the beautiful and luxurious accommodations, this retreat was expertly planned down to every detail. As an intermediate surfer, I wanted to push myself. The coaching staff were incredible. While I expected that the in-water instruction would be good, the skills of the instructors surpassed my expectations. I found the video analysis to be extremely helpful. The Debis and Kira helped me to set goals daily and followed up in them in the water and during our video sessions. They were able to help me build confidence and manage fear in the water. As someone who struggles to focus on yoga, I enjoyed the breath work sessions that Mitch provided. This is not normally something that I would seek out and try. Not only did it help me find calm and manage my anxiety, but I was immediately able to put it to use in the water. I feel that I gained an invaluable tool that I will make part of my surfing practice. The food (from a truly gourmet chef!), extra activities, staff and overall vibes were perfect. I can’t wait to go on another retreat. It felt like a vacation, but I also improved my surfing!
Harrison Winder
Harrison Winder
February 22, 2024.
The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Madla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape.
Wade H
Wade H
The right way to learn to surf This was my first trip with Rise Up and my first surf trip ever. The food, coaches, and socializing was great. If you go on one of these trips you will meet some cool and dedicated staff. You will enjoy some great food and drinks and you will get a personal touch when it comes to surf coaching. Worth every penny.
Jason S
Jason S
AMAZING Experience! What a beautiful experience! The Rise Up Team is AMAZING! They took care of every detail, so that I could fully immerse myself in the experience and my vacation. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The surf coaches were awesome and knowledgable. And the chef was world class! The food was INCREDIBLE! Rise Up's attention to detail and quality is what made this experience so magical. I recommend this experience to everyone, and I am already figuring out when I can come back again! Thank you.
dshlachter
dshlachter
Best Surf Trip Ever What can I say but, "WOW?!" This was an exceptionally unique surf trip experience that included gorgeously designed and a appointed beachfront accommodations, super cool and friendly staff, absurdly delicious food cooked by a team under Nicaragua's top celebrity chef (a well-traveled, thoughtful and articulate polymath who also serenaded us with guitar during dinner one night), a team of surf coaches who are dedicated to helping you improve (every wave is video-recorded, and you have feedback sessions several times during the week so you can apply your learnings to the next session), phenomenal surf photographers, and an ops-manager and owners who are the sweetest, most genuine folks. I've been back only a week, but have already recommended Rise Up to a ton of people.
Lauren K
Lauren K
A Once in a Lifetime Costa Rican Experience I was reluctant to try a surf retreat, but my husband and I are so glad we did. Everyone from the other guests to the on-site crew were incredibly warm, friendly people, and we instantly felt at ease. The food was incredible (I miss the fresh fruit juice already), and the daily yoga with Steph was vital because BOY did we do some surfing! From small breaks to more challenging peaks, the coaches made us feel comfortable in the water and eager to try out the new techniques we were learning. Shout out to longboard extraordinaire Kirra, whose footwork we can only dream of accomplishing, and the incredible Dennis, who led us through surf skate drills and broke down our wave videos so we could see what needed work. We're already planning our next trip. Thank you Rise Up!
Gabriela G
Gabriela G
Rise Up Nicaragua I can't say enough great things about Rise Up. This retreat in Nicaragua was my 2nd with Rise Up, the 1st one was in Costa Rica back in 2023. The team and staff are some of the most incredible humans I've met. The care and coaching is best in class. These trips are magical and there is really nothing to worry about while you're there; the team takes care of everything for you. Both times I've gone as a solo traveler and if you're on the fence....take my word and GO FOR IT! You won't regret it. I'm already thinking about booking my 3rd trip...they're THAT AMAZING!
Carla K
Carla K
Beyond Amazing My husband and I stayed at the Luxury Escape located in Nicaragua. It was beyond amazing, from the food to the staff and lets not forget the great waves. My husband does not label himself as a " surfer", but with the yoga and the amazing breath work he also truly benefited and learned so much about not just himself but also about ways to control stress. This is truly a holistic place.
William K
William K
So much more then a surf trip!!! This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Mark S
Mark S
Totally worth it! Great surf trip for surfers (beginner-intermediate) who want a safe, relaxed and fun experience with an opportunity to grow😉. The hotel (Mandla) was beautiful and located right on the beach. There were many spaces to hang out including the pool deck, hammock nook space and the common social area. The staff was very attentive and available. The meals were freshly prepared and cooked. The drinks from the bar tender were served with pride and care. The surf breaks were user friendly and the coaching to guest ratio was perfect. Other activities including yoga, breath work and surf skate made this a well rounded experience. I am a lifelong surfer who travels without boards. Rise up had a solid quiver of boards that fulfilled my needs. Highly recommended 🤙
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T8385GLelainew
Best Trip In A Long Time The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Mandla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape. Harrison
Juliet K
Juliet K
Best coaching out there I had an incredible experience at the Tranquil Bay retreat in northern Nicaragua. The surf coaching is the best out there, truly. The learning never stopped. I was so grateful I had a notebook with me so that I could write down the dozens of things I wanted to remember. I felt that I really progressed during the week. The location is really perfect because there are multiple breaks to chose from, so depending on the level of the group there's likely always something. I felt stretched on some days but not in a bad way, I always felt extremely safe and well taken care of. The food was outstanding. The chef is extremely observant of what the guests are eating and adjusts as the week goes to ensure everyone is totally satisfied. Her food was a delight! The accommodations are rustic, but very comfortable. I slept amazingly well after a night or two of orienting. Personally I prefer this kind of place over a hotel - I loved being outdoors and the fresh air, sound of the waves, etc.

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