Semana Santa: Easter in Guatemala

National Geographic Journeys, Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala
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Information from G Adventures

Tour description

Experience Semana Santa (Holy Week), one of the most vibrant celebrations in Central America, on this remarkable 10-day adventure based in Antigua, Guatemala. Line the parade route along cobblestoned streets decorated in flower petals, explore the famous Chichicastenango Market, and venture with a local guide to meet local Mayan villagers amidst the volcanic scenery of Lake Atitlán. Be part of an exceptional time in an exceptional place.

What's included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Chichicastenango - Beyond the Market, Chichicastenango Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour, Antigua Guatemala Your G for Good Moment: Lake Atitlán Boat Ride and Community Visit, Lago de Atitlán Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Arrival transfer
  • Observing Good Friday processions
  • Boat ride around Lake Atitlán
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Explore the famous chichicastenango market
  • Visit the g adventures-suppoted san juan la laguna village
  • Experience colourful parades and ceremonies

Itinerary

Day 1: Guatemala City/Antigua Guatemala Arrive at the Guatemala City airport. Transfer to Antigua is included.

Day 2: Antigua Guatemala/Jaibalito Travel to Lake Atitlán and catch a boat to the small town of Jaibalito, the base for the next three nights. From here, explore indigenous villages on the lake as they prepare for the Holy Week processions.

Day 3: Jaibalito Explore indigenous villages on the lake as they prepare for the Holy Week processions. Also visit San Juan la Laguna, a G Adventures-supported village. Take an orientation walk, visit various co-ops, enjoy a local Mayan lunch and a Mayan tree-planting ceremony. Take some free time to enjoy the lake.

Day 4: Jaibalito In the morning visit the famed market of Chichicastenango. With a local expert, explore beyond the market and gain a deeper understanding of the culture and faith of the locals. Included are visits to Santo Tomas Church, the cemetery, and Cerro Turcaj pilgrimage and offering site.

Day 5: Jaibalito/Antigua Guatemala Travel back across the lake and transfer to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the next five days here, enjoy the many parades and ceremonies, not just as a spectator, but as a participant in the celebrations.

Day 6: Antigua Guatemala Today, get your bearings and explore Antigua on a guided cultural walking tour with a local expert, including the museums at Paseo de los Museos. Along the way, continue to watch as the city prepares for Easter celebrations.

Day 7: Antigua Guatemala Continue to enjoy Holy week celebrations with free time for self-guided discovery.

Day 8: Antigua Guatemala Continue to enjoy Holy week celebrations with free time for self-guided discovery.

Day 9: Antigua Guatemala Continue to enjoy Holy week celebrations with free time for self-guided discovery.

Day 10: Antigua Guatemala Depart at any time.