Antigua, Guatemala's most beautiful colonial city, is famous for its celebrations, and this unique 10-day adventure ensures you're there for Semana Santa—one of the most vibrant and colourful celebrations in all of Central America. Line the parade route along cobblestoned streets decorated in flower petals and take in religious processions on Good Friday. Search for cultural treasures at the famous Chichicastenango market and meet local Mayan villagers amidst the volcanic scenery of Lake Atitlán. See for yourself how timing is everything as you discover the splendour of Guatemala.
Visit local indigenous villages, barter at the bustling local markets, catch the stunning volcano views over peaceful Lake Atitlán, watch the Holy Week processions and elaborate colourful carpets laid out in the streets in Antigua
Days : 10
Price : From AED 5,916*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Comfort
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2 - Light
Arrive at the Guatemala City airport and transfer to your hotel in Antigua. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and enjoy this charming city. Additional Notes: Please note that Antigua's nearest airport is Guatemala City, Guatemala. Don't get caught flying into the Caribbean island nation of Antigua; it's nowhere near the start of this tour! Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Jaibalito is a small village on the shore of Lake Atitlán, known for its tranquility. It is accessible only by boat and foot trail and offers stunning views of the three volcanoes and lake. The area is also ideal for outdoor pursuits like swimming, fishing, wind surfing, hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and horseback riding. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 80km) Boat (0.50 hour(s))
Volcanoes and small indigenous villages surround this pristine lake, truly one of the most beautiful spots in Central America. Twelve traditional Maya villages, blue/grey mountains and three volcanoes line the shores of this lake resulting in a wonderful combination of unusual natural beauty and indigenous culture. Visit some of the villages of Lake Atitlán on an included boat tour. The towns will be be abuzz preparing for Holy Week processionals and activities, so our timing is just right to get a sense of the colour, costumes and age-old customs that surround this holiday time. Included Activities: Lake Atitlan Indigenous Villages Visit Transport: Boat
A trip to Guatemala would not be complete without a visit to the famous market of Chichicastenango. Renowned for its colourful handicrafts, wood carvings, and hand-woven textiles, “Chichi” is also an important trading place for the local residents, and provides close-up views of daily life of today's Maya. Additional Notes: Please note that the actual day we visit Chichi market is subject to change based on market day schedules. Included Activities: Chichicastenango Market Visit Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Return to Antigua to explore the city, shop, and of course, to enjoy the Semana Santa (or Holy Week) celebrations. When we arrive, Semana Santa will be in full swing, and there will be plenty to see and experience. As home to the world's largest Holy Week celebration, the spectacular Easter festival here is beyond comparison. In between observing these ceremonies, you may choose to climb a nearby volcano, mountain bike through the countryside or just relax in a pleasant street side café. Additional Notes: Our schedule over the next few days will be flexible, allowing our CEO to best plan out what activities and events we can participate in. When and what is done each day will be relayed to you on the ground, by the CEO allowing for him/her to make the most out of our time here. Included Activities: Holy Week Celebrations Transport: Boat (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
This evening, put on your dancing shoes and opt to take an optional Salsa class. Included Activities: Antigua Cultural Walking Tour Holy Week Celebrations
On Good Friday, residents begin laying down painstakingly detailed street "carpets" of flowers, pine needles and and dyed sawdust. Each design is unique and fleeting, as the carpet disappears as soon as a procession passes through. Join in and help create one of these elaborate carpets. Early in the morning, elaborate 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 honour passed down from generation to generation, the men involved in the processions, known as "Cucuruchas", wear purple cloaks (symbolizing mourning) and hold burning incense as they walk. Marvel as they take turns bearing the weight of the solid wood carved platforms, weighing up to 3,630kg (8,000lb)! Included Activities: Holy Week Celebrations
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
In the heavily indigenous populated areas it is recommended to wear conservative clothing and avoid wearing shorts.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.
- USD cash - Credit and/or debit card (see spending money) - G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and trip details • Passport (with photocopies) • Travel insurance (with photocopies) • Airline tickets (with photocopies) • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required • Camera and film • Reading/writing material • Binoculars • Cover for backpacks • Pocketknife • Money belt • Hand sanitizers/ antibacterial wipes • Fleece top/sweater • Windproof rain jacket • Small travel towel and swim wear • 4 shirts/t-shirts • Sun hat • 2 pair of shorts • 2 pairs of long trousers • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants • Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes • Sport sandals - very useful! • Bathing suit • Sunblock • Sunglasses • Toiletries (biodegradable) • Watch or alarm clock • Water bottle • Flashlight • First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, motion sickness tablets if need, DEET bug repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking). • You may also wish to bring a Spanish – English phrase book or dictionary
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights