Holy Week Antigua Guatemala: Carpets tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Guatemala City

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Explore the fascinating city of Antigua Guatemala during Holy Week festivity and have the unique experience of participate in the elaboration of one Holy Week “Alfombra” or Carpet, in this colonial departing from Guatemala City. Learn about colonial architecture, history and enjoy while seeing some of the processions passing through the Carpets made of dyed sawdust.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Ciudad de GuatemalaHoly Week in Antigua Guatemala is unique festivity in Guatemala represents the commemoration of the passion and death of Christ through the processions carried out by the fraternities of the parishes of the city during this sacred period. Surrounded by history, culture and unique architecture, enjoy with us an amazing tour in Antigua Guatemala.You will be pick up early in the morning in your Guatemala City Hotel.Stop At: La Antigua GuatemalaTransfer to Antigua Guatemala to begin a soft walking tour at the colonial city surrounded by the Holy Week colors and festivitiesDuration: 1 hourStop At: La Antigua GuatemalaAntigua is renowned for its elaborate and colorful festivities during Holy Week. On Holy Friday, residents begin laying down painstakingly detailed street "carpets" of flowers, pine needles and dyed sawdust. Each design is unique and fleeting, as the carpet disappears as soon as a procession passes through. During our walking through Antigua we will visit the Central Park, located at the heart of the city, surrounded by important buildings with their colonial architecture, such as the Palace of the Generals Captain, the City Hall, and the San José Cathedral which has an elaborate baroque facade, typical of antique churches. We also find here the beautiful “Las Sirenas” fountain or Mermaids fountain. We will appreciate too the Arch of Santa Catalina. This institution was established in 1609, and the nuns in this temple and convent were cloistered. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: La Antigua GuatemalaWe will have time to recover energy and enjoy a delicious breakfastDuration: 45 minutesStop At: La Antigua GuatemalaContinue our experience we will have the opportunity to be involved in the elaboration of one “alfombra” or carpet created from colored sawdust and flowers that can be appreciated just during the Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala. Also, we will be observing and admiring many more gorgeous dyed sawdust made carpets.At some point of our walking, we will have the opportunity to appreciate for a while the processions begin, slowly moving the heavy, palm-decorated "Anda" (special float) of Christ along the streets in a sombre re-enactment of his crucifixion. An honor passed down from generation to generation, the men involved in the processions, known as "Cucuruchos", wear purple cloaks (symbolizing mourning) and hold burning incense as they walk. We will have time to take photographs of the moment.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ciudad de GuatemalaAt the end of our walking we will be transfer back to Guatemala City.Duration: 1 hour

What’s included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Entry/Admission - La Antigua Guatemala

What’s not included

  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities