Semana Santa in Guatemala

Few places in the world celebrate Easter quite like Guatemala’s colonial city of Antigua. Over the course of the holiday, this cobblestoned town of pastel-hued houses and crumbling ruins becomes a backdrop for incense-infused religious processions, elaborate holy vigils, and exquisite street carpets made of sawdust, pine needles, and flowers. There are thousands of visitors, men in costume, women in black, and events that start as early as 4 a.m. It’s a bit of a brouhaha, but one you won’t want to miss.

Semana Santa is what the celebration of Easter is referred to as in Guatemala

Semana Santa is what the celebration of Easter is referred to as in Guatemala

Day 1: Arrive Guatemala (Unguided)
Meet & Greet & transfer to Hotel. (Approx 10mins) Guate 1N

Day 2: Lake Atitlan (Unguided)
Guests transfer to Lake Atitlan with its three volcanoes known as the most beautiful lake in the world (2.5hr) Atitlan 4N.

Day 3: Chichicastenango Market (B) (Guide FD)
Today guests transfer to the famous market at Chichi (1hr). Time for shopping and an opportunity to see Maya rituals being performed in the Catholic Church.Transfer back to Lake Atitlan.

Day 4: San Juan & Santiago – Maximon (B,L) (Guide FD)
This morning guests will take a scenic boat ride across Lake Atitlan (30min) to the village of San Juan La Laguna where they can visit the women’s textile cooperative to see hand weaving and natural dye process. Also here visit the studios / homes of the celebrated naïf painters. From here guests continue to the village of Santiago where they have lunch in a local hotel and tour the village visiting the Maya God Maximon and learn about the textiles, spiritualism and beliefs of the T’zutujil Maya. Today guests should also see Maximon being processed through the streets of Santiago in an Easter procession that typifies the interesting mix of Maya and Catholic faiths. Return to hotel via St Catarina Village.

Day 5: Solola Market & free afternoon (B)
(Guide HD) Guests are picked up from their hotel by their driver & guide and transfer approx 30mins up to the traditional town of Solola. This town is bursting with life and local Maya people from all around the area flock to the market to buy and sell their wares for the week ahead. When clients are ready they will be transferred back to their hotel. Free afternoon.

Day 6: Azotea Coffee Farm & museums,Antigua (Guide HD)
Guests will be transferred to Antigua. On the way they will visit Azotea Coffee Farm & Traditional music and clothes museum. The rest of the afternoon free. Antigua, 4N

Day 7 & 8:, Antigua (Guide for 1 HD Tour)
From Easter Wednesday through to Easter Sunday guests stay in Antigua to enjoy the amazing processions and decorative carpets that adorn the streets of this beautiful colonial capital. There is really nothing quite like Antigua at Easter and everyone should visit at least once!

Day 9: Transfer Out (B) (Unguided)
This morning our driver will transfer guests to the airport (approx 1hour) in plenty of time to catch their flight. • Extension to Tikal available

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