Visit iconic locations in Antigua including La Merced Church, Santa Catalina Arch, and Central Park. Then explore Guatemala City’s Las Americas Avenue and Berlin Plaza.
- Adult Ages 10+
- Child Ages 2-10
Holy 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.
Antigua 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.
You will be pick up early in the morning and transferred to Antigua Guatemala to begin a soft walking tour at the colonial city surrounded by the Holy Week colors and festivities.
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.
We will have time to recover energy.
Continue 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.
At the end of our walking we will be transfer back to Guatemala City.
- Hotel pick-up & drop-off
- Local guide
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach, van or minivan
- Meal not included
- Optional gratuities,
- Entrance fees