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Easter Time Tour

Easter Time Tour Packages
Country: Guatemala
City: Guatemala City
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Religious Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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The Easter season is one of the most beautiful expressions of faith in Guatemala. Particularly so for La Antigua Guatemala. Apart from the religious aspect, Easter is an important event not only for expressing various artistic expressions but to generate unprecedented economic progress as shown in a recent report.

During Easter, we see the development of altars, ephemeral carpets, various crafts, and special food that form part of both a tangible and intangible cultural heritage. We give our clients a warm welcome to this beautiful land of the Quetzal.

DAY 1

Clients transfer to the hotel and City Tour to see part of the city and some of the processions in Guatemala City.

BEST WESTERN STOFELLA / HOTEL BILMORE, GUATEMALA CITY.

DAY 2

BREAKFAST. Early Departure to the Pacaya volcano with an elevation of 2.552 m. Pacaya is an active volcano located in the town of San Vicente which first erupted thousands of years ago. It has had at least 23 eruptions since the Spanish colonization of the Americas in Guatemala. After being dormant for a century it erupted violently again in 1965 and has since been in constant eruptive activity. Much of its activity is Strombolian and occasionally Pliniano. In 2005 it was declared a National Park and is a tourist attraction for both foreign and domestic visitors. It is located 47.5 km south of Guatemala City.

In the afternoon we transfer to the Hot Springs of Santa Teresita.

BEST WESTERN STOFELLA / HOTEL BILMORE, GUATEMALA CITY

DAY 3

Departure early in the morning flight to Flores and then go overland to the monumental archaeological site of Tikal, the cradle of Maya civilization. Lunch and transfer to your hotel.

HOTEL ISLA DE FLORES / CASONA DEL LAGO, FLORES, PETEN

DAY 4

BREAKFAST. In the morning you will be taken to visit the archaeological site known as Yaxha Yaxhatambién. Yax - ha - ha- Yax is an archaeological site and a former ceremonial center of the Maya civilization located in the North East of Petén, Guatemala about 30 km southeast of Tikal.

The Mayan name of the city is evident in the emblem glyph (representing the head of a parrot) and reads like Yax (green-blue), ha (water). The urban area was occupied for 16 centuries (600 BC - . 900BC).

Yaxhá is a classic Maya site nestled among the lagoons and Yaxhá Sacnab. On the opposite side of this is Topoxté, the largest post-classic site in Petén.

Afternoon transfer to the airport and return to Flores, Guatemala City, and then to La Antigua, Guatemala.

POSADA DE DON RODRIGO / HOTEL LAS FAROLAS, LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA.

DAY 5

BREAKFAST. This day we will visit the famous Chichicastenango market. It is impressive throughout the year but especially during Easter and the religious celebrations. It is a town located 18 km from the provincial capital and 145 km from Guatemala City. Most of the population consists of the indigenous ethnic group of the Quiché. It is the largest municipality due to being a place of cultural, historical, and touristic importance. It was here where the Popol Vuh, a Mayan religious book that tells of the origin of mankind, was found. It was translated from the original Castilian Quiche written by Fray Francisco Ximénez.

Afternoon visit to the stunning Lake Atitlan, Solola, Guatemala. Lake Atitlan is one of the main economic resources of this region as well as being a tourist center of much visual appeal.

Lake Atitlan is surrounded by beautiful volcanos: Lago Atitlan volcano (3,537m), Tolimán (3,158m), and San Pedro (3,020m). The lake is located 1,560 meters above sea level and is 18 km in length. Its depth, which varies in many ways, is unknown but has been probed to more than 350m deep.

By late afternoon we return to Antigua.

POSADA DE DON RODRIGO / HOTEL LAS FAROLAS, LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA.

DAY 6

BREAKFAST. This day we shall discover the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala.

The city of La Antigua is head of the homonymous municipality and the department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala. According to the official 2003 census, it has a population of 44,097. It is renowned for its well-preserved Spanish Renaissance architecture with baroque facades. As well as a large number of Church Ruins. It was designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1979.

When it was first founded, it was named Santiago de los Caballeros and on 10th June 1566, King Philip II granted it an extended title which translates to "Very Noble and Very Loyal City of Santiago de los Caballeros de Goathemala”. Visit the central square, La Merced Church, the old Cathedral, Jade Factory, and processions of the day.

POSADA DE DON RODRIGO / HOTEL LAS FAROLAS, LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA.

DAY 7

We leave very early in the morning to visit the streets where the famous carpets of fruits, vegetables, and bread are made. We will see the start of the procession of La Merced. Return to hotel for breakfast and rest of day.

POSADA DE DON RODRIGO / HOTEL LAS FAROLAS, LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA.

DAY 8

In the morning we visit the ancient archaeological site Iximche, the ancient capital of the Mayan Kakchiquel the place where the founding of Guatemala was held by the Spanish.

POSADA DE DON RODRIGO / HOTEL LAS FAROLAS, LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA.

DAY 9

Departure to the airport for your flight back home.

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THIS TOUR OPERATE ON MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE

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