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    Holy Week pageantry, indigenous life, and textile traditions

    NOTE:  The exact sequencing of activities will vary depending on whether your trip includes Palm Sunday or Good Friday, but the overall experiences are comparable. (see More Details for the Palm Sunday itinerary)

    Partake in one of JOURNEYS' favorite annual events -- an experience of Guatemalan cultures, beautiful landscapes and the magnificent pageantry of Semana Santa. In the charming city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Holy Week celebrations are more elaborate than anywhere else in this hemisphere. Leading up to Good Friday, Guatemalans of all ages carpet the streets with intricate designs of flower petals and pine needles. Thousands of purple-robed celebrants carry enormous floats on the carpeted streets from dawn to dusk. The fervor, emotion, color, and religiosity are intense, and in every aspect reflect the blend of indigenous tradition and Roman Catholicism that defines Guatemala. In addition to exploring Antigua, travel to the highlands to stay at a lovely hotel on the shores of Lake Atitlan and to visit in different lakeside Mayan communities. This trip offers very select hotel reservations in intimate, artistically-adorned accommodations which are exceedingly difficult to obtain within a year of a Holy Week trip.

    Inquire about a two or three-day pre-tour to the grand Mayan site of Tikal and the more recently excavated Uaxactun in protected rainforest in northern Guatemala.

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Antigua
    Day 2Antigua Walking Tour
    Day 3Iximche/Lake Atitlan
    Day 4Villages on Lake Atitlan
    Day 5Lake Atitlan/Solola Market/Chichicastenango
    Day 6Holy Wednesday
    Day 7Antigua - Semana Santa
    Day 8Good Friday Processions
    Day 9San Pedro/Macademia Farm
    Day 10Depart or Extend

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    “Our guide's easy manner and wealth of knowledge were just the beginning.... We learned an extraordinary amount about textiles, and we personally connected with women weavers wherever we went. Holy Week observance was unbelievable! This trip went beyond my expectations ..." --Eileen T, Guatemala Semana Santa 2011

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