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Immerse yourself in Guatemalan history, culture, and culinary delights as you dine with locals, visit artisans and entrepreneurs and attend the amazing Holy Week activities.
Semana Santa is considered one of the most colorful celebrations in all of the Americas with processions and vigils scheduled throughout the 40 days of Lent. However, none are as beautiful and magical as those in Antigua, Guatemala, the lovely colonial city just one hour from the capital of Guatemala. The processions fill the streets of Antigua, passing over-elaborate "alfombras" made of flower petals, fruits, vegetables, and colored sawdust at all hours of the day and night.
During our time in Guatemala, we will observe traditions and celebrations in both La Antigua Guatemala and on the famous Lake Atitlán. Not only does this trip give you a deeper insight into the history behind Guatemala's most celebrated holiday, but we will also immerse you in the multiple versions of "everyday life" that are common here. Our tour focuses on small business and entrepreneurship in Guatemala and is designed to support local artists, artisans, chefs, mixologists, farmers, and business owners!
Be a part of this tradition that has gone on for centuries as we observe respectfully and participate when invited!
Per person price when booking a double occupancy spot. Please let us know if you're traveling with someone or if you're traveling solo but are open to being paired with a roommate!
Per person price when booking a single occupancy spot
Participants will be flying in from a variety of different places to Guatemala City’s airport. That being said, we encourage participants to book flights that arrive in the morning or early afternoon so that they have time to get settled before the welcome dinner that evening. If you need assistance booking your international airfare please let us know!
Upon arriving at the airport, your Heart of Travel Tour Leader will be waiting to escort you to the beautiful colonial town of La Antigua via private shuttle (1-hour drive, without traffic, 1.5 - 2 hours with). Once in La Antigua, you will be checked into your hotel and given a brief orientation of the city. In the event, you arrive early in the morning and would like to coordinate any specific activities during the day just let us know so we can accommodate your requests.
We’ll enjoy a traditional Guatemala meal and learn how to make tortillas during an interactive dining experience at our friend Joaquín’s cooking school just outside of La Antigua. We will hang out in the rooftop kitchen and dine on the terrace. This is a great opportunity to meet your guides and fellow travelers and to discuss the upcoming activities for our adventure here in Guatemala.