5 Reasons You Should Tour Guatemala During Semana Santa

by James Eder on March 14, 2012

One of the world’s most popular and exciting festivals is the Semana Santa, the Christian celebration of the Holy Week. Though it’s referred to as a week, the celebration may extend for as long as ten days, and this year the full festival runs from March 30 to April 8. Some countries celebrate Semana Santa much more than others, though, so here are five reasons to enjoy the festivities in gorgeous Guatemala.

1) With an emphasis on helping travelers enjoy themselves and stay involved, Semana Santa tours provide a variety of destinations and activities where people can experience the history and culture of Latin America when not actively involved in explicitly religious events. This can be very useful for families with children or people who want to make the most of their vacation and do as many things in one trip as they can.

2) However, too much free time can be troublesome as well, particularly since people often have individual interests. Most tours during Semana Santa provide a certain amount of free time (often in the afternoon), where visitors can either attend religious celebrations or dive into the local culture. With so many fascinating events going on, this free time allows you to attend the celebrations you’re most curious about, rather than restricting you to a schedule so narrow that you can’t get much done.

3) Holy Week tours also provide a rare experience in Guatemala; the excitement is such that many people are displaying their best works and offering bargains to visitors. The atmosphere of excitement alone is more than merely fun, but visitors looking for things to bring back home with them will rarely have a better opportunity to see the greatest selection of native goods and crafts. Whether you’re looking for something for your own home or a gift for someone else, Semana Santa is a time when all of Guatemala turns out.

4) However, the true excitement of Guatemala tours during Semana Santa is undoubtedly in the celebrations being held in the colonial capital of Antigua. Featuring colorful carpets rolled across the streets and an incredible number of parades and processions from Holy Friday to Easter Sunday, the ending portion of the tour offers an up-close look at one of the world’s largest celebrations.

5) With six destinations throughout the trip and a comfortable mix of free time and scheduled events, tours during Semana Santa are more than a little exciting. However, such tours also tend to be very reasonably priced, especially as they can get you in to festivals where rooms are in truly high demand. With a comfortable balance between what you pay and what you get, tours during the Holy Week will offer you an entire lifetime’s worth of memories.


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James Eder March 15, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Festivals are one thing, but major religious celebrations are something else entirely. For a vacation during Semana Santa, I recommend talking to your guide and the people at your hotels about the best times and places to watch the events. Information can help you deal with the crowds.


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