Ritual Agriculture in the Guatemala Highlands

  • Lago Atitlan
    Lago Atitlan

In Guatemala, search for connections between the Maya and Hopi.

December 1–9, 2018

Travel to the Guatemala Highlands in search of cultural connections between the Maya, who call this home, and the Hopi clans, who date back more than 4,000 years in the American Southwest. This is an extraordinary opportunity to visit present-day Tz’utujil, K’iché, and Kaqchiquel—Maya communities in the highlands of Guatemala. Engage with Maya and Hopi scholars as they compare cosmologies, rituals, and agricultural practices. Shaman-led Second Harvest ceremonies celebrate the rich Maya culture.


  • Witness Shamans and ceremonies surrounding Second Harvest.
  • Learn about indigenous agricultural practices.

About this Program

  1. Scholars
  2. Accommodations
  3. What to Expect
  4. Details

Bárbara Rebeca Ajtujal.jpg Bárbara Rebeca Ajtujal, Center for International Studies and Cooperation, has a degree in tourism business administration. She is “indígena” of Tz’utujil Maya. Since 2010, Rebeca has worked to empower indigenous women at Maya communities such as Tz’utujil, Kaqchiquel and K'iché. She has a deep understanding of the diverse cultures of each community, where appreciation of nature is manifested through ceremonies. Rebeca is also an advanced birdwatching guide financed by the National Audubon Society.



Stewart Koyiyumptewa Stewart Koyiyumptewa, B.A., is full-time tribal archivist for the Hopi Tribe’s Cultural Preservation Office. He has recently published book, Moquis and Kastiilam Hopis, Spaniards, and the Trauma of History. He is also a member of Crow Canyon’s Native American Advisory Group.

All nights are spent in comfortable hotels and motels. Shared accommodations based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for an additional fee of $700.

During your travels to the Guatemala Highlands to discover the rich agricultural history, some physical exertion may be required. Please read below to learn more:

Throughout this trip, you will visit archaeological sites that may require up to two miles of hiking on even terrain and down hillsides for access. You should be comfortable with sitting and standing for long periods of time while visiting historic sites and driving to locations. During the trip, you may be visiting remote locations with limited amenities. There is the possibility of stopping at gas stations for bathroom stops. Elevation during the trip will be between 5000 and 8000 ft. We recommend ramping up your exercise regime prior to arrival or arriving a day or two in advance to acclimate, especially if coming from sea level. If you are concerned about your ability to do any of these activities, please consult your physician.

Tuition is per person and based on shared accommodations. Tuition includes scholar honorarium, accommodations, meals listed, entry fees and permits, most gratuities, and transportation from arrival in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on December 1, 2018, until departure from Guatemala City, on December 9, 2018. Transportation to and from Guatemala City is your responsibility.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing to Crow Canyon Sales and Enrollment Specialist, 23390 Road K, Cortez, CO 81321-9408, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cancellations become effective on the date received. The following penalty schedule applies: On or before October 1, 2018, $200 handling fee; after October 1, 2018, forfeiture of all payments.

Terms, Conditions, and Cancellation Policy

The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's programs and admission practices are open to applicants of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, or sexual orientation.

Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California CST 2059347-50

Tuition & Reservation

$4,595 (member*)
$4,720 (nonmember)
*Minimum $100 level (see Membership)

Deposit: $500
Balance due: May 9, 2018

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation on or before May 9, 2018, $200 handling fee; after May 9, 2018, forfeiture of all payments. See details tab for more information.

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