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Guatemala

A Laid-Back Surf Experience with the Best Vibes

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, you will find relaxation, good vibes, and 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:

  • 6 days of surf coaching
  • Intro to surfing
  • Beach session
  • Surf theory classes
  • Paddle school
  • Video analysis
  • 1:1 feedback
  • Surf videos from your week (included in surf photo package – extra cost)
  • Professional surf photos (extra cost)
  • Daily transport to and from the best surf breaks
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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!

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The Space

Our Guatemala surf lodge offers cozy vibes with a rustic, 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, you can hang by the pool, take a siesta in the hammocks, or go for a walk on the black sand 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 available
  • WiFi – but we recommend disconnecting!

Pricing

Shared Room Non-AC
$1950
Double Room Non-AC
$2150
Double AC
$2550
Single AC (Limited Availability)
$2950

Prices are per person in USD

*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

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for staff
  • Massages

Photos from Guatemala

Thomas Obrero
Thomas Obrero
July 26, 2022.
Lots of fun activities, great tips and wonderful coaches! I had a great time!
Allison Maryatt
Allison Maryatt
July 24, 2022.
My husband and I had a good experience with Rise Up. The surf coaching was excellent, as was the food and lodging. I would recommend this company to anyone interested in attending a surf camp.
Stephanie Hammond
Stephanie Hammond
June 10, 2022.
My time at the Rise Up retreat in Costa Rica was incredible to say the absolute least! What stood out most were the people. You really feel like you're apart of a little family with Rise Up - welcomed, looked out for and celebrated. The instruction is top notch, the activities were a blast and well coordinated (horseback riding on the beach, tree climbing, waterfall hiking, etc), the food was delicious and the location itself is breathtaking. This place is magical and I truly don't have words for how special this trip was to me. Thank you Rise Up team for such a lifechanging experience!
Kathryn Arffa
Kathryn Arffa
May 27, 2022.
Rise Up provided an incredible experience! From the surf lessons to the delicious food and other activities planned, it really felt like you were a part of something and got to learn a new skill in a safe and positive environment at the location on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Could not recommend more highly. It seemed as though all levels of surfers gained from the experience (as a beginner I most certainly did!).
Gerry Armstrong
Gerry Armstrong
May 25, 2022.
Exactly what the I was hoping for... do I have to leave?
Dave Sherman
Dave Sherman
May 16, 2022.
When I signed up for RiseUp, I created the intention to finish the week with the confidence to go out on my own, rent a board and know what I was doing in the waves off the coast of California or anywhere I traveled. I had only surfed a few times and never had instruction. After a week with the RiseUp crew, I'm already talking with friends to plan another surf trip. The coaches/instructors were awesome. They worked with you 1:1 to make sure you not only were having a great time, but that you were learning. They were patient and knowledgeable and fun! Outside of surfing, everything was great. The whole crew did everything perfectly to make sure the rest of the week felt like heaven. The staff, the food, the games, the activities...everything was perfect. I'd recommend RiseUp anyone looking to have a good time, connect with fun people and learn to surf.
Janetha Benson
Janetha Benson
May 11, 2022.
I don't think any words can do justice as to how incredible my Rise Up experience was! I was continually impressed more, each day, with everything. Top five reasons to book a Rise Up getaway.. in no particular order: 1. VALUE. I can't believe it was so inexpensive.. accommodations that were so beautiful on a property with so much wildlife, a pool, hammocks, a bar, yoga every day in a beautiful tranquil location, transportation both to and from the airport and to and from surf locations and excursions, three super fun excursions, video of surf followed up with analysis and tips for improvement, surf boards provided the whole week and the ability and ease to level up to the next board each day, the team transporting the boards to and from the beach, surf lessons with dedicated and incredible instructors, lessons on pop ups, paddling, and surf theory, delicious and healthy meals and snacks all day and night.. I kept doing the math in my head and wondered HOW it was so affordable?!? 2. PEOPLE. All of the people are amazing and I already miss the Rise Up fam and those in my specific group so much! We had a group of 17 people the week I went, and making connections with those individuals and learning to surf with them was so fulfilling. And everyone on the Rise Up staff as well as the hotel staff where our retreat was held was freaking incredible. It truly felt like one big happy family the entire time. 3. SURFING. Obviously! I went into the week never having surfed at all, and was shocked that I left the week feeling comfortable surfing, knew what to do and how to do it, knew what I still need to focus on to improve.. the information, skills, and knowledge I walked away with after just one week is remarkable. Rise Up is doing it right when it comes to teaching and encouraging people to achieve their goals. Also so stoked to get professional surf photos at the end of the week.. I was thrilled to be able to see what I looked like out there! 4. LOCATION. This was my fourth time to Costa Rica but my first time attending an organised retreat. I feel like I gained so much from doing it this way, because I was able to get more out of the location thanks to the knowledge shared. They showed us all the cool local spots, took us to the best waves at the best times, told us about the plants and wildlife, the history of the area.. it was so rad to really get the most out of my surroundings thanks to the Rise Up crew. They know what's up! 5. FUN. Dude.. I had a smile on my face the entire time. I knew a surf trip would be a good time, but the amount of fun had was immeasurable. Sun up to sun down and beyond, our schedule was packed with a good time. And honestly it felt like I was there for longer than a week because it was so full of awesome events and activities. I felt like a kid again, being able to unplug and just play all day! If you are considering booking a Rise Up retreat.. DO IT! You will be super stoked!
Isabella Wagg
Isabella Wagg
May 4, 2022.
It was an incredible experience! Such an amazing place nestled in the jungle, with so much wildlife to see and beauty in the plants + flowers. The staff was sweet and fun to hangout with! They were so helpful with their coaching, I feel like I learned so much in one week. Definitely recommend doing one of Rise Up Retreats to anyone!
Lori Chao
Lori Chao
May 4, 2022.
Have taken multiple trips with Rise Up now and they were simply amazing. Wonderful surf instruction, beautiful facilities, delicious food, fun group activities, and we all felt well taken care of. Highly recommend for surfers at any level!
Stella Chadwick
Stella Chadwick
April 30, 2022.
I spent a week recently with Rise Up in Nicaragua. Where we stayed near El Tránsito beach The views were out of this world and the property was right on the sand. The rooms were spacious and beautifully decorated with a stunning bathroom and outdoor shower. The whole property is beautifully decorated and there are plenty of places to sit and relax as well as use the lovely pool to cool down. The surf coaches were amazing and extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic – Kim and Novin you guys rock!!! There was a lot of attention paid to taking good footage to analyse which I found particularly helpful. The food was out of this world and deserves a five star rating thanks to Veronica and Teddy for amazing meals. Also a massive thank you to Jenna for the daily yoga sessions which really helped with staying limber and injury free from surfing. The yoga classes were held overlooking the beach with stunning views. Rise Up also organised activities including volcano boarding (I was such a wuss and there was nothing to worry about please go fast!! – You will regret it otherwise), as well as Wakeboarding which was such fun. We also went horseriding on the beach watching the sunset which was on a bucket list of mine for a long time. We also learnt to make tortillas with a local lady and that was again a fantastic experience. Philip the owner of Rise Up has created an amazing space and truly cares about his guests having a good time. I would highly recommend this place even if you are not a beginner like me there is plenty of good waves for intermediate surfers. Thank you also to Rory for his great stories and wonderful energy (please stay injury free!!) And Matt for taking amazing photographs and Elton for taking brilliant videos. Also a massive thank you to Anna who is another instructor who although didn’t instruct me was a key reason for a fantastic Wakeboarding session. She is an absolute star. Also there are lots of people in the background working in the kitchen as well as keeping the rooms spotless to thank. I’ve already started saving for my next trip! X
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