Easter / “Semana Santa” in Antigua, Guatemala is a unique cultural and religious event. Thousands of people come from all over the world to experience some of the festivities, which begin at Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Sunday.
Processions leave from various churches and wind their way though Antigua while residents and guests create carpets / “alfombras” made from colored sawdust, flower petals, and a variety of other creative items. Each one is unique and prepared especially for the procession to walk over as they carry the Christ figure overhead.
Hotels are book on the weekends and for the actual “Semana Santa”, reservations must be made months in advance. Truly a spectacular experience !Read More
Lake Atitlán is a large endorheic lake (one that does not flow to the sea) in the Guatemalan Highlands. Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America with maximum depth about 340 meters (1,120 ft). The lake is […]Read More
Cedula has expired – The “Cédula de Vecindad”, a small document/book which identified Guatemalan adults, has expired. The “Cédula” was issued to each person who was identified with a letter followed by a number and additoonal numbers. The first letter […]Read More
From Antigua Guatemala‘s Chief Meteorologist our daily weather forecast and updates for Antigua Guatemala. Looking out my window here in Antigua, Guatemala, we have just started our rainy season (Mid May to Mid Oct +/-). The name “rainy season” implies […]Read More
The Easter season in Antigua Guatemala begins with Ash Wednesday. In 2104, Ash Wed. falls on March 5th.
The Cuaresma (Lent) period which leads into Semana Santa (Holy Week) begins every year with Miércoles de ceniza (Ash Wednesday) and Ends with Easter Sunday (Pascua, or domingo de Resurrección).Read More
The idea of the La quema del diablo celebration was to get rid of the devil, the bad spirits, the bad vibes and anything negative that may interfere with the celebrations of Nacimientos (Nativity Scenes), Posadas (Quest for Shelter ) and the Christmas season which officially begins with the Feast for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.Read More
The procession starts with a few people in the early evening and along the route, more and more people join until a large crowd is walking together through the streets seeking shelter. People carry lanterns or candles protected by colorful cellophane and sing traditional songs while knocking on doors requesting entrance – much like Mary and Joseph did.Read More
Christmas in Guatemala and in Latin American countries in general is characterized by it’s colorful traditions and flavorful foods and drinks. “Ponche” – fruit punch – in Guatemala is a traditional drink for “Noche Buena” – Christmas Eve – but […]Read More
Hundreds of participants who work at hotels, restaurants and bars come from far and wide to represent their establishment and compete in this 5 kilometer (3 mile) run / fast walk around the cobblestone streets of Antigua, Guatemala. Participants carry a round metal tray with 1 large beer, 1 cola, 1 sealed cup of water and a 20 oz beverage. If any items fall or tip over, they are disqualified.Read More
Tikal is the largest excavated site in the American continent. Tikal is Guatemala’s most famous cultural and natural preserve. Tikal possesses a certain magic… Like all puzzles without answers it fascinates everyone and we dare say… Tikal is so […]Read More
Guatemala is located in Central America. Its borders are shared by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The country covers an area slightly smaller than the state of Tennessee. It’s located in the Central Time Zone. Guatemala […]Read More
The avocado, originating in southern Mexico and Guatemala, is loved for its rich taste and creamy texture and was a treasured crop of the ancient Maya. Even today a person from Antigua Guatemala is called a panza verde, or green […]Read More