Giohà Giordano Academy continues its itinerant training, with the new travel “The Way of the Feathered Serpent”.
Giohà Giordano will accompany the participants during an experience-based journey, enriched by moments of energetic, meditative and shamanic work.
This class will take place in Mexico, on the trails of the Maya ancient people, to discover their magic, their secrets and their extraordinary culture. During this journey we will be accompanied by an exceptional guide: Antonio Giacchetti, a mesoamerican culture expert.
SCHEDULE 16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS
Monday 8 April
We will leave from Rome Fiumicino at 18,40 on flight IB3237 to Mexico City. The flight will be provided by Iberia Airlines. It will stop in Madrid from 21,25 to 23,45.
Tuesday 9 April
We will land in Mexico City at 4,50. Then a taxi will bring us to Zocalo (the ancient city center). We will have breakfast and check into the Hotel Sevilla (http://www.sevilla.com.mx/); at about 9 we will go by bus to the National Museum of Antropology in Chapultepec, in Mexico City. The visit will last a whole day because the Museum is huge, there's everything inside it. Before entering the Museum, we will see the breathtaking show of the Voladores de Papantla, that takes place outside the entrance of the Museum. In the evening we will dine at a traditional restaurant, located near the hotel.
Wednesday 10 April
We will have breakfast at the hotel and then we will go by bus (from this moments the bus will drive us during the whole trip) to Teotihuacan (the trip will last about one and half hour). Teotihuacan is the place where the "Human People become aware of Own Divine Powers". This place is monumental and impressive. We will get on the giant Pyramid of the Sun; under its thousands of tons of mass there is the Serpent sacred cave. Only the Los Nueve Ancianos can access the cave, where the cerimonies take place. In this place, during the spring equinox in 2002, Los Nueve Ancianos – known as the representatives of the mesoamerican shiamanic traditions – recognized José Argüelles (author of the book "The Mayan Factor") as the "One who closed the Circle". Then we will visit the Pyramid of the Moon. Here in the thirties, during the restoration works, the ancient mica plates, originating from Brazil, were stolen (probabily from the clerk of the works). Later we will visit the Quetzalcoatl Citadel; under this site it was recently discovered a tunnel with 50 thousands of ritual objects and ... a mercury little river!
In the afternoon we will go to Tula, the ancient capital of the Toltecs. We will know the mythical Atlases, the Toltec cosmic warriors. Tula is the archetypal Tollan, place of the origins, (not only for the Mayan people) in the cosmology of the mesoamerican traditions. In the Carlos Castaneda's writings, that express the vision of the world typical of the ancient Mexican shamanic traditions, it is written that all the nowadays North American redskin tribes are descendant of the Toltecs. When this people were defeated by the conquistadores, they went to the semi-desert lands of Northern Mexico and then further North. The Yaqui - an etnic group whose member was the legendary Don Juan (the master shaman of Carlos Castaneda) - chose to settle in remote and hardly reachable areas, in order to preserve the purity of their learnings.
In the evening, we will have dinner at the most picturesque historic restaurant in Zocalo, Sanborn de los Azulejos.This restaurant is located in an antique building, enriched with tiles from Puebla and with the Orozco and Frida Khalo's murales. It wil be an unforgettable experience to dine in this restaurant, where the waitresses wear the traditional dress and the hairnet. In this place, according to legend, the gost of La Llorona was seen many times. She was the Cortez's native lover: one of the most beautiful traditional Mexican ballad is dedicated to her.
Thursday 11 April
We will reach Xochicalco (litteraly the Place of flowers), one of the sacred places dedicated to the cult of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent. The main attractions of this place are: the pelota playing field, the low reliefs depicting the Feathered Serpent and above all the Observatorio de Quetzalcoatl, a cave that is now accessibile after it was closed due to a collapse. This place is magic expecially during the two days when the sun reaches its zenith in this area (in May and July). The zenith tube, located on the ceiling of the grotto, lets a light beam go out at midday. This light beam is so bright and shining that it seems an incadescent metal casting. This site let us establish the exact day (or days, because the sun reaches its zenith twice, but on different dates, depending on the latitude) when the sun reaches its zenith, in that area. We will not visit this place during the period of the zenith, but we will see another wonderful light effect - we don't want to anticipate anything – it will be a breathtaking surprise for everyone! Later we will visit Huehuecoyotl, the first American eco-villagge. We will be guided by the cofounder Alberto Ruz Buenfil, according to his schedule.
Friday 12 April
Today our destination will be Calixtlahuaca, a “minor”site, but full of great vibes: this is another "forgotten" cerimonial site in Mesoamerica. This place's name comes from agave, a succulent that was a significant cult object for the ancient Mexican people. This site is really important because of the circular shape of the main stair step building (unusual in Mexico), dedicated to the cult of Quetzalcoatl, in the apparence of Ehecatl, god of the Wind. This place is full of misteries: one of the buildings, seen from above, has the shape of the traditional Egyptian cross called “Ankh”; furthermore in 1933 a Roman terracotta figurine was found in the archeological site.
"The Way of the Feathered Serpent"
A travel to Mexico with Giohà Giordano
from 8 to 25 April 2019
Saturday 13 April
In the morning, after packing luggage and having breakfast, we will go to visit Cuicuilco, an enigmatic site ignored by tourists. Located in the metropolis (you can see skyscrapers, big roads, huge billboards), it is characterised by the round shape of the temple, unusual in Mesoamerica. Some of the buildings of this site are partially submerged in the lava. Another very interesting thing about this site is that the geologists don't agree about the dating of the lava flows: While the archeologists date the site in the first century A.D. (as it is written in the signs located in the site), the geologists claim that the lava is 7.000 years old...So, if the lava is 7.000 years old , when we can date the temples that are below the lava?This is a simple question systematically ignored by official scientists, because it can change the whole hystoriography of the Mesoamerican civilizations!
We will return to our hotel to check-out and dine. Transfer to airport; the fligh (Volaris) will leave at 18,51and will land in Tuxtla Gutierrez at 20,34; we will reach San Cristobal de las Casas by bus or taxi. We will stay at the Hotel Jardines del Cerrillo (https://www.booking.com/hotel/mx/jardines-del-cerrillo.it.html). Dinner.
Sunday 14 April
San Cristobal de las Casas is a peaceful town that became famous all over the world during the New Year's Eve in1994, when EZLN (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) surprised the Mexican army and occupy the half part of the State of Chiapas to complain against the harrassments charged by the government and the soldiers and against the poor living conditions of the inhabitants, direct descendants of Mayan people. Even now, a big part of the area, including the Selva Lacandona, is controlled by EZLN. After breakfast we will visit the unmissable Centro de Medicina Indigena – where we could buy natural remedies for all kind of illness. Then we will leave for Chamula (half an hour of travel), a little town known for the sensational church of San Juan de Chamula. CAMERA IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN – and local people are very rude with violators. This is a magical and creepy place: it is a Christian church full of Saint statues and elaborated flower arrangements ( exclusively developed by men), with the floor covered in pine needles, but inside it some unchristian cerimonies take place: the "limpias".These energetic cleansing cerimonies are performed by the curanderas; it will be possible to arrange to undergo this cerimony. Chamula is also very famous for its copal, Mayan incence, that we usually buy using the money from kitty. Then we will split copal between participants. Back in San Cristobal, we can take a stroll in the old town and have dinner.
Monday 15 April
San Cristobal: its little streets, bookshops, the picturesque covered market , the craftsmen's stalls. This is the best place to buy amber, extracted in this area and cocoa, another local excellence. This is the most beautiful city we will visit during our travel. The day is free of commitments, so we could taste the unique San Cristobal atmosphere.
Tuesday 16 April
We will check-out of the hotel and reach the Toninà ceremonial center (2 hours of trip), with its 9 levels pyramid. Here we can admire the wonderful Mural de las Cuatro Eras, a huge sculpture depicting the sequence of four world eras according to Maya mithology. The site is located in the Selva Lacandona “occupied and freed”: this area is controlled by EZLN (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional) following the armed insurrection of 1994.
Then we will go to Palenque (2 hours journey), where we will stay at the Hotel Xibalba (http://www.hotelxibalba.com/).
Transfer to Bonampak (three hours trip), a Maya site nestled in the Selva Lacandona. Lacandon people are, according to anthropologists, the ‘ purest’ Mayan descendants; barefoots, with long black hair and white tunics, they have 100% Mayan blood. Unfortunately only a few hundred Lacandon were left, even more westernized and ‘modernized’. The site is famous for the wonderful murals, miraculously preserved in good condition, although neglected in the damp rainforest.
Thursday 18 April
Visit to the charming Palenque cerimonial centre, immersed in the green. Palenque is the ultimate Maya site. Here, in 1952, in the Temple of Inscriptions was discovered the underground crypt where is located the Pacal Votan's sarcophagus, hidden from the world for ... 1.260 years! Next to the Temple of Inscriptions, in the Temple XIII (...) it was recently discovered the Tomb of the Red Queen, a real mistery within a mystery. Some internet sites spreaded the news that the lid of the tomb has been resealed in the underground crypt (discovered in 1952).
After lunch, transfer to Merida (6 and half hours of journey).
Here we will stay at the Hotel Caribe, located in an old restructured colonial building,
with an outdoor pool on the third floor !
Friday 19 April
After breakfast we will go to Uxmal
(1 hour and 20 minutes of travel).
Here we will visit the magnificent Pyramid of the Magician: this building
has blunt and rounded edges; one of the two staircases is very steep and it is forbidden to go up. The site is vey big and inhabited by a lot of iguanas. Next to Uxmal there are the five sites of the Ruta Puuc; we will visit only one of these, Sayil, famous for its arch.
Saturday 20 April
In the morning, after having breakfast, we will go to the Palacio del Gobernador, to see the painting that immortalize the bishop Diego De Landa while he was throwing in the fire the Mayan codes, idols, icons (during the infamous autodafé of Izamal). After lunch we will go to Izamal, the anonymous village where, in1562, the infamous burning of Mayan codes and ritual objects took place. In this village there is the huge St Antony's church (built on the foundation of a destroyed pyramid). Pope John Paul II visited this church three times. In the church it is possible to see a black crucifix. The misteries of Izamal... In the evening in the central Plaza, in Merida, near to our hotel, there are always free of charge shows, for example the traditional group dances and the re-enactments of the pelota ritual game.
Sunday 21 April
We will check-out of the hotel and leave for Mayapan, another non-tourist place. It was the post classical Mayan capital. In this place it was discovered the last Mayan inscription (dated 1441). In the site there are an astronomical observatory and an unusual cylindrical tower, probabily the one built by Maya People. Then we will reach Chichen Itzà (after a two and half hours of travel). In this site there is the pyramid of Kukulkan (Mayan name of Quetzalcoatl) – a stone calendar, composed of 91steps for each side (4 x 91 = 364, plus the temple located on the top 365). Here, in March and September, during the equinox, the play of light and shadow draws a serpent on the handrail of the northern staircase, that ends with a huge sculpture of a feathered serpent with open mouths. This site is very important because here we can see the Toltec influence in the last Mayan period. It was also voted as one of the ‘seven wonders of the world’. Among the most important buildings we can see the El Caracol observatory and the cenote, a body of water where predestined girls were sacrified; At the bottom of the cenote many offers, like golden items, were found. In the evening we will get to Valladolid, where we will stay at the luxury Ecotel Quinta Regia (5 stars rated).
Monday 22 April
Visit to theTulum Mayan site (after a two hours journey), which is wonderful because overlooking the Caribbean Sea. We will visit the buildings dedicated to the cult of the Descending God, and also the main structure, called El Castillo by the Spanish. After a dip in the Caribbean Sea and a packed lunch, we will reach Cobà (one hour travel), a Mayan site where we will see the Sacbeob, an interwaeving of stone roads (some of these roads may be 200 km long); In this site there are two playing fields for the ritual pelota game and the Nohoch Mol, the tallest pyramid in state of Quintana Roo.
Martedì 23 aprile
We will check-out of the hotel and go to Ek Balam, another non-tourist place. This site was open to the public ten years ago. It is unique because of the two unusual Mayan sculptures depicting winged human beings, located in a niche of the pyramid. No one of the Maya people experts wrote about this sculptures. Then we will have lunch and visit the cenote Xkeken, a clear underground lake where it will be possible to have an unforgettable swim. Back in Merida, we will go to the airport and return to Mexico City. We will leave at 19.15 (Interjet 402525)and will land at 21.25. We will stay at the
Hotel Sevilla for the last night.
Our last half day will be free, and it will be possible to choose among various options: a visit to Zocalo, the main square of Mexico City; a visit to the remains of the Aztec Templo Mayor and to the Cathedral, built on the temple; a visit to the Museo Bellas Artes (that hosts paintings of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Rafael Orozco and other famous Mexican painters and muralists); it will be also interesting to see the Torre Latino Americana, with its public observation desk that provides the best view of Mexico City. Furtest it is possible to visit Sonora, an incredible and colourful esoteric market, where it is possible to find crystals, soaps, plant-based creams, incense, copal but also dolls, pins, stuffed animals, icons of Santa Muerte and other items used by santeros, native practitioners of black magic. We will return to our hotel to get the luggage and go to the airport. We will leave at 20,40 (Iberia IB6402).
Thursday 25 April
We will land in Madrid at 14,05. The flight (Iberia IB3236) will leave at 15,40 and will land in Rome at 8,05.
COST OF THE STAY
- FOR 9 PERSONS MINIMUM:
- 2.504,00 € (travel price) + 900,00 € (Giohà's class price VAT included) = 3.404,00 €
- SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS 207,00 €
- FOR 15 PERSONS MINIMUM :
- 2.375,00 € (travel price) + 900,00 € Giohà's class price VAT included) = 3.275,00 €
- SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS : 207,00€
-FOR 20 PERSONS MINIMUM:
- 2.305,00 € (travel price) + 900,00 € (Giohà's class price VAT included) = 3.205,00 €
- SUPPLEMENT FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS: 207,00 €
These prices have to be confirmed at the time of booking. The prices may vary up to 5% depending on the variations in exchanging rates .
THE PRICE INCLUDES: the flights (intercontinental and domestic), the overnight accomodation in the listed hotels in a double room (supplement for single traveller €207), breakfast, lunch, bus, taxi, entrance tickets to archealogical sites, guide's expences (flights, hotels, meals except dinner), driver's expences (except dinner), organization service, courier and guide.
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: the dinner, insurance and tips, and anything not clearly indicated in the "price includes".
DOCUMENTS: valid Passport
It is very important to book as soon as possible;
It is necessary to confirm the participation within 21February 2019; after this date, it will be possible to book, but the flight price will not be guaranteed.
When we reach the minimum number of participants, everyone may buy his own Iberia flight ticket, while the domestic flights tickets will be bought by the organization; we will agree on the purchase date, so we will buy the intercontinental flight ticket in the same day. After that, every participant will have to pay an amount equivalent to a third part of the total price; this deposit will be useful to reserve the hotels, to buy the domestic flights tickets, and to pay the guide's tickets. This deposit will be paid to Antonio Giacchetti, our guide during the whole trip to Mexico. In the short term we will indicate the payment details.
About the Giohà Giordano's class price, you need to pay it as specified down below :
- 450 € as deposit at the time of subscription. It has to be paid by transfer to the bank account held by Giohà Giordano Academy srls
IBAN IT 92 C 02008 05213 000104745747, causal "Deposit for travel to Mexico 8/25 April 2019 - Name and Surname"
- 450€ within March.
For informations and reservations:
Alessia Marchione +392.8892777