PERSONAL INVITATION TO OUR TRAVELERS AND FRIENDS:
SANTA IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA
4 – 13, 2007
$200 before October 15
we need to guarantee rooms during this peak time, we are offering
a $200 discount for early registration. If you are interested
in joining us on this unique travel experience please mail
your registration to guarantee your space. If you have questions
please call or e-mail us.
our web-site for more information as well as a brochure with
John Korte, Marketing
Explore Guatemala, L.L.C.
P.O. BOX 17217
San Antonio, TX 78217
in Antigua Guatemala
Come, join us on the trip of a lifetime, and experience
one of the most exciting and colorful cultural events
in the world… Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua,
Semana Santa is the most extravagant and impressive in
all Latin America, rivaled only by a similar event that
takes place in Seville, Spain. The cobblestone streets
of 16th century colonial Antigua are covered in alfombras
(carpets) made up of colorfully dyed sawdust, pine needles,
flowers, flower petals, corozo (yellow flowers pulled
from giant palm pods), berries, fruits, and vegetables.
celebrations reach crescendo proportion with the big processions
and pageants on Good Friday. On Thursday night the streets
are meticulously carpeted and on Friday morning a series
of processions with teams of penitents wearing peaked
hoods and accompanied by solemn dirges (melancholic music
from local brass bands) and billowing clouds of copal
incense accompany them as they carry the image of Christ
and the Cross on massive platforms. Some of these floats
weigh over 7000 pounds and require 60 men to carry.
other town has the appeal and the charm of the world renowned
Spanish Colonial Antigua, Guatemala. From its colonial
architecture to its local markets, quiet courtyards with
ornate gardens, this town is considered one of the most
beautiful in Central America. It is like stepping back
into time over 300 years.
than 30 Monastic orders called Antigua home and built stunning
monasteries, convents, and cathedrals in the town. The sights
and sounds of colonial Spain permeate the atmosphere. At the
Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, prepare to lose your breath and
your heart to the most romantic, most transporting, most unexpected,
most Antiguan of the hotels in the "old capital".
It is a colonial monument intact, a fifteenth-century monastery
re-invigorated as a premier luxury hotel.
the highlands of Guatemala we will stay at the beautiful
Hotel Atitlán amidst botanical gardens overlooking
Lake Atitlán. Experience what Aldous Huxley called
“the most beautiful lake in the world”. With
its three towering volcanoes majestically standing watch
over the twelve Maya villages surrounding the lake, it
is a magical place and you will never want to leave. The
botanical gardens of colonial style Hotel Atitlán
will enthrall you.
highlight of Guatemala is its colorful villages and markets
nestled throughout the highlands. We will visit the “crown
jewel”, the world famous Maya market of Chichicastenango
brimming with beautiful hand woven textiles and splendid
works of art and crafts in designs and techniques passed
on from generation to generation. The Maya/Catholic rituals
and open-air market of “Chichi” and the blazing
colors of everyday dress will enthrall you.
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