Come join us in an epic Easter celebration in Antigua. Also visit Indian markets and the tropical jungle-swathed Mayan ruins at Tikal.
Arrival and transfer to the Hotel in Guatemala City for overnight accommodation. Select Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel.
Tikal National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
This will be an unforgettable day. We will visit the TIKAL National Park or "Place of Voices", built during the classic period of the Maya. Visit of complex Q and R, the Central Acropolis, Temples I "of the Great Jaguar" and Temple II "of The Masks" and the Lost World. Lunch.
Visit of the Silvanus Morley Museum.
Transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Guatemala. Reception and transfer to our hotel.
At 09:00 departure for boat ride to the indigenous town of San Juan La Laguna, upon arrival walk and visit of the Catholic Church. Then we will go to the chocolate factory to see the elaboration of it, continuing to the Textile Factory where they will show us the elaboration of the dyes for these beautiful canvases, we will also visit the artisans of the medicinal plants. At the convenient time return to Panajachel (free time for lunch). Stay at Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel.
Breakfast. Very early departure to Chichicastenango, located in the central Guatemalan highlands, important for its multicolored open-air market, craft market and indigenous Maya culture. Visit of the 16th century Church of Santo Tomás, has long been used for both Catholic worship and Maya rituals. Continue to visit Calvary and the Cemetery where rites of Mayan origin are carried out. In the afternoon transfer to Antigua Guatemala. Overnight at Hotel Camino Real Antigua or similar.
The idyllic town of Antigua has been described as the best-preserved colonial city in Central America. Visit of Antigua half day, visiting the main places of the Colonial City, visit of the Church of La Merced, Plaza Mayor, Cathedral and San Francisco el Grande. Exploring the historic streets of this picturesque city and get an up-close look at the ruins of colonial churches and Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. Free afternoon. Accommodation.
Free day to enjoy the colonial city. Religious processions can be observed. However, the most elaborate procession take place in Antigua, drawing thousands of locals and tourists to the city. The large floats are carried throughout the cobblestone streets and depending on the religious holiday, depict different religious themes. For example, on Good Friday they illustrate the Way of the Cross. Some of the floats are so long (and heavy) that they require 80 men to carry them! Accommodation.
Breakfast. Your guide will be for the day. The mood continues through Holy Saturday with more processions depicting the mourning mother of Christ. All floats on Saturday are carried by female mourners. Then at 10pm, the churches begin celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. Easter Sunday lifts the solemn mood of the city and replaces it with a festive atmosphere. Easter Sunday finds people smiling and cheering, children waving colored flags, confetti being tossed in the air, and fireworks lighting the sky.
Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home.
Included in the price
Guided tour of Tikal with lunch
Round trip air to Tikal
Entrance fee to Tikal National Park
Lake Atitlán tour visiting San Juan la Laguna by Boat
Tour of Chichciastenango Indian Market
Half day tour of Antigua
Guided tour of Good Friday to view the procession of Illustrate the Way of the Cross
2 days guided assistance to attend the religious processions
Transportation with air conditioning vehicle.
Tickets to ruins and museums according to itinerary
24/7 local assistance
DBL per person in 5 stars with private service
Hotel Las Américas/Posada de Don Rodrigo/Camino Real Antigua
DBL per person in 5 stars share services
The government of Guatemala has not authorized religious processions due to covid pandemic