Guatemala

A Surf Experience with a Laid Back Spirit and Good Vibes

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Surf and Yoga Retreat in Guatemala

When we first visited the little fishing village of El Paredon, we fell in love with the dusty village roads, black sand beaches, and dreamy west-coast sunsets. We’re confident you’ll feel relaxed, welcomed, and surrounded by nothing but good vibes and empty waves in Guatemala.

The Surf

El Paredon is a laid-back surfing oasis with some of the most consistent surf in Guatemala. We love this spot as the swell works on all tides and is perfect for experts, intermediates, or beginners learning to surf. You will be surfing mostly beach breaks and river mouths with some opportunities to surf secret point breaks if the swell is right. Because the beaches in Guatemala face directly south, they pick up just about every swell along the Pacific, so not a day goes by where the waves are not surfable. If you want to wake up steps from empty waves, join us in Guatemala before the crowds arrive.

Included:

  • 6 days of personalized surf coaching
  • Intro to surfing
  • Beach session
  • Surf theory classes
  • Paddle school
  • Video analysis
  • 1:1 feedback
  • Professional surf photos (extra cost)
  • Daily transport to and from the best surf breaks
Read More about How We Coach Surfing

The Yoga

Whether you’re new to yoga, practice daily, or love meditation, you’ll quickly fall into rhythm with the sound of the waves coming from one of the most beautiful beaches in Guatemala. In the cozy and rustic A-frame yoga deck is where you’ll reset and find balance in between your surf sessions. Yoga is offered daily by highly experienced teachers who tailor classes to the needs of the group—the perfect compliment to surfing and a way to connect with yourself and feel your best.

The Adventures

Surround yourself in the laid back lifestyle of El Paredon! The lazy beach town isn’t one that many people think to venture to when visiting Guatemala, but it won’t be long until they do. The area itself is part of a National Park—untouched by modern-world standards—and promises lush mangroves, beautiful beaches, and down to earth people. Here are the adventures we will take you on in this sleepy fishing village in Guatemala.

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

The Food

Our food philosophy at Rise Up is centered around fueling your body properly for the week using fresh and local ingredients. Our chefs create delicious and nutritious meals that cater to every kind of dietary need. We enjoy all of our meals family-style in the open-air thatched roof dining area. We include 4 healthy meals a day, plus dessert! You will surely face each day feeling happy and healthy.

The Familia

At Rise Up, you are treated like family from the moment you arrive in Guatemala. The week is designed to make you feel at home, connect with yourself, and with other amazing people. The Rise Up Familia—our guests and staff—come from all different backgrounds and walks of life and can’t wait to share an amazing week with you!

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The Space

Our surf lodge in Guatemala can best be described as rustic, yet cozy, charming, and boho-chic. When you’re not surfing, you’ll feel at home by the pool, hanging in the hammocks, or walking the black sand beaches. The 8-suite hotel include a spacious loft style room, bungalow, poolside swim-up suite, or surfer studio. Kick your shoes off, smell the lemon and hibiscus trees, and share in our little oasis.

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

"I joined Rise Up in Guatemala and it has been the highlight of my year so far! I guess what really makes Rise Up exceptional from other surf camps though, is the core people. The owners, Phil and Corina treat their staff and guests well and it shows. The instructors and resort staff are happy to be there and it translates well in the service they provide to the guests. And all the guests always feel welcomed so if you're travelling solo you never really feel awkward or alone. Lastly, the friends I've met (guests and staff alike) throughout the three times I went are amazing people and we all still keep in touch. So yeah, book that trip and join the Rise Up Familia, you won't regret it."

GenSolo Traveler

"This is my 2nd but for sure not my last Rise Up Surf experience. After joining Rise Up in Nicaragua in 2018, I decided to stay with them in Guatemala for this year’s adventure. And I loved it! From the moment you step out of the airport everything is taken care of. Corina, Fran and the entire Rise Up team made sure we all had the best time ever. From the top surf coaching by their team as well as local surf instructors, the perfectly matching yoga, the best food, super fun activities (wake surfing, boat trip, SUP, cooking classes) to the accommodation, it was just perfect and my dream surf holiday. Oh, and not to forget about all the awesome new friends from all over the world I made. I definitely recommend you book with Rise Up Surf if you want to surf in a special part of the world with great people and progress your surfing no matter what level you are at right now. But be aware that you might get addicted to staying with Rise Up or fall in love with any of the locations you stay at. It might change your life…"

BeataSolo Traveler

"As always, Rise Up has delivered a fantastic retreat. Every aspect of the week surpassed expectations. The resort was beautiful with such a lavish pool! Jamie outdid herself, as always, providing the most amazing meals, and fresh juices to power us through all of our activities. While the surf was not the easiest for me, the top notch instructors made sure that everyone focused on their surf goals, got better, and had FUN! After all our hard work paddling, our restorative yoga classes were the perfect solution. As an extra activity, we had the opportunity to visit a local NGO, La Choza Chula. We learned about their great work in the community and then had the opportunity to visit a local home for a cooking class, such a great experience! I cannot recommend Rise Up Surf enough, and will continue to go back year after year. In the meantime, I will continue to pour over all the beautiful photos taken by their surf photographer!"

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Included

What makes this package so unique?

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8 days/7 nights accommodation

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Food & drinks (alcohol extra)

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1 yoga class per day

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6 days of surf coaching

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Surfboard rental (full quiver!)

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Surf videos (photos extra)

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Activities (listed above)

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Airport transfers (to and from)

*Note: Our location in Guatemala is off-the-beaten-path, so be prepared for a three hour drive to the Pacific coast once we pick you up from the airport!

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for staff
  • Massages

Photos from Guatemala

Pricing

Shared Non-AC – $1750

*There are no shared room with ac *

Double Non-AC – $1850

Double AC $1950

Single Non-AC – $2150

Single AC – $2250

Prices are per person in USD

*Our retreats run from Saturday to Saturday, though we can  arrange arrivals on different days – please email hello@riseupsurf.com

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