Los Angeles Times
Holy Week celebration
Easter week in one Guatemala town is an elaborate affair in which all residents come to celebrate. Now you can be part of the procession in Antigua in the country’s central highlands, where floats and flower carpets mark the Santa Semana or Holy Week festivities. The Easter Processional Tour highlights not only Christian celebrations in Antigua but also takes visitors on a tour through the Land of the Mayas. The itinerary includes the ancient temples of Tikal National Park; Monkey Island, which lives up to its name, and where you can feed fruit to the local critters; a coffee plantation tour and zip-lining in Ixpanpajul Park. The tour is led by archaeologist Antonio Gonzalez and naturalist and environmentalist Emilio Faillace. Participants stay in style in Antigua, deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with other locations. Dates: March 23-April 2. Price: $4,995 per person. Includes international and domestic airfares, accommodations, daily meals, transportation, tours, entrance fees, bilingual tour guides and taxes and tips.
Info: Bella Guatemala Travel, (818) 669-8435, email firstname.lastname@example.org