Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala
Holy Week in Antigua, Guatemala is a colorful display of traditional culture and folklore. The festive streets are filled with movement. It is an incredible insight into the spiritual life of Guatemala. Easter Week in Antigua, Guatemala is the biggest festival in the region. This week is greatly anticipated by the locals, as well as visitors. During these days, huge processions wind their way through the city’s streets. Visiting Antigua during Semana Santa (Holy Week) gives you an extraordinary and unforgettable cultural experience.
Antigua Guatemala was declared a National Monument by the Guatemalan government in 1944, a Monument of the Americas by the General Assembly of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History in 1965 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
This is a program that we suggest you to have while visiting Antigua Guatemala:
Day 1. Holy Wednesday
Activities: Visit first procession and witness the making of carpets
Today we will pick you up from Guatemala City Airport or Quetzaltenango and bring you to Antigua, Guatemala to see the first procession of the festival.
After dinner we will be able to observe one of the most interesting parts of the festival, when the locals make the carpets. Entire families in the neighborhoods work together making carpets. Most people work the whole night to be able to have the carpets ready for the next day. It will be very interesting for you to witness how people work with so much dedication and commitment.
Day 2. Holy Thursday
Activities: City tour, watching the carpets, processions in the afternoon/evening
This morning will be a great opportunity to observe a big amount of carpets, since the night before a lot of people did not sleep to finish them on time. In the afternoon our guide will show you the cathedral, the most beautiful churches and ruins. After this tour we will go to Cerro la Cruz by tuktuk. From this place you will have a beautiful view of the volcano Pacaya and the city Antigua. During the rest of the day we will be able to observe how the processions will go through the carpeted streets of Antigua.
Activities: Visit the carpets and the biggest procession of entire festival
Holy Friday is the most important day of Holy Week. Today you will be able to see the best carpets and the most impressive processions. At 6:00 PM people will go to central park to wait the biggest procession of the week, there will be a special ceremony in front of the cathedral. This is the biggest celebration of the festival and something that you should not miss. You can find a program like this with Mayan Gateway.