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Easter in Guatemala: Semana Santa

8 days from £2,400pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

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Overview & Highlights

This short holiday in Guatemala, a deeply traditional Mayan country with a stupendous variety of landscapes, is based around the epic Easter celebrations in Antigua. Also visit indian markets and the jungle-swathed Mayan ruins at Tikal. 

In just a week, you are invited to enjoy a holiday which not only embraces the pageantry of the world-famous Easter celebrations in Antigua, but manages to squeeze in the country’s main highlights.

You’ll be amazed by the variety in such a small geographical area: volcanoes, smoking or stifled by vegetation, glass-clear shimmering lakes, treeless grasslands and valleys choked with orchards and kitchen gardens.

Across all this the wonderful culture, a blend of Mayan, and Spanish colonial; pre-Columbian religion and ritual blended with Christianity – see it in the market at Chichicastenango, the pocket-sized rural communities on the fringe of Lake Atitlán, the long abandoned jungle-stifled Mayan temples and pyramids at Tikal. Imagine being able to do as much as this in 7 days at home... 

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  • Walking tour of Antigua
  • Easter processions in Antigua
  • Boat excursion to Santiago de Atitlán and San Antonio Palapó
  • Chichicastenango market
  • Guided tour of Tikal ruins

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Charlotte Daubeney Travel Expert Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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