There are few places in the world that celebrate Easter quite like Guatemala’s colonial city of Antigua. Join your host Mark Glavina cultural experience in one of our all time favourite trip destinations.
Over the course of the holiday, this cobblestone town of pastel-hued houses and crumbling ruins and numerous Churches and Cathedrals becomes a backdrop for incense-infused religious processions, elaborate holy vigils, and exquisite street carpets made of sawdust, pine needles, and flowers. During Holy Week, Antigua Guatemala hosts the most beautiful religious celebration in the America, when huge processions wind their way through the town’s streets. Actually, the celebration begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, and reaches its climax on Good Friday, when Antigua streets are thronged with processions and reverent spectator.
On Good Friday the streets of Antigua Guatemala are covered with natural, aromatic carpets of flowers, pines, clover and fruits, which the residents put together and place in front of their homes. There are all kinds and shapes. Some are very long, even up to a kilometer, with colonial, Mayan, Roman or other original designs, and are made during the 24 hours prior to the procession. If more than one procession goes down a street a new carpet is made for each procession. Preparations for the carpets begin weeks, sometimes months, ahead. Carpets are started the day before the procession so that the carpets are finished just before the carriers of the float arrive to look its best.
Join Phoenix Art Workshop on our 5th art excursion to Guatemala for colourful Samana Santa in Antigua . Our trip will begin on the Pacific Coast on the black lava beaches of Monterrico, before exploring the many lakeside villages of Lake Atitlan: San Pedro and San Jaun la luguna, Panajachel, Santiago de Atitlan, San Marcos. While visiting Lake Atitlan we will also visit the largest outdoor market in the Americas; Chichicastanago ( full of colour and life and no visit to Guatemala would be complete without experiencing this mega-market.) We finish our trip in Antigua for Holy week to take in the many processions and religious activities as well as some optional tours including, birdwatching, coffee tour or to hike the Antigua’s active volcano “Fuego” for diner cooked on the hot lava. Travellers will be blown away by what Guatemala has to offer and leave with a new appreciation and stunning images of this amazing country.
Travelers can extend their adventure with an option to visit ancient Mayan Ruins of Tikal, or spend a few days relaxing in a private bungalow on the beautiful black lava beaches of Monterrico. These extensions can be organized for you with private door-to-door service. If you are interested in this non-instructional art tour, please email Mark at email@example.com