If you were wondering the place(s) to be for Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Easter in general – look no further than our Quetzal Highway tour running from Cancun, Mexico – party central to Antigua, Guatemala – the only place to be for Easter Sunday!
Starting in Cancun but heading out the next day to beautiful Playa del Carmen, which can be taken in two ways, a resort town or the sleepy fishing village off the beaten track! Gorge on seafood, margaritas or take some steps back in time and visit the Mayan ruins of ‘Tulum’. Next we’ll head out to Belize and take in some ocean time, snorkeling or diving or just relaxing is what Caye Caulker is known for. Lobster and rum are a must (together or apart). Next stop before heading into Guatemala is San Ignacio – famous for Actun Tunichil Muknal – a sacrificial chamber that is on the very adventurous side of adventurous. Often a highlight of this tour!
Departing Belize early we’ll take in the mighty Mayan ruins of ‘Tikal’. Listen to the howler monkeys that mimic King Kong or try and figure out which temple featured in the old Star Wars and the new one (which is currently been filmed). It’s a great day before we settle into the cute island town of Flores. The Easter celebrations will be in full swing with processions throughout the town.
After a night taking in the celebrations in Flores we’ll head to Rio Dulce where we’ll stay at fabulous and relaxing Catamaran Island. This day also includes a stunning tour up the Rio Dulce (Sweet River) for a look into Lago Izabal (Lake Izabal, the largest freshwater lake in Guatemala), through El Gulfete (the Gulf) and into a canyon where the first ever (I’m talking the 40’s) Tarzan was filmed! Breathtaking scenery ending in the Caribbean town of Livingston!
Holy Saturday we’ll be heading through several areas in Guatemala before settling into the full action of Semana Santa in Antigua! The town streets will be decorated with ‘alfombras’ (carpets made of saw dust) and processions will be in full swing. A solemn time during the day but at night time, it’s a different story with many local Guatemaltecos choosing Antigua for Semana Santa week! Antigua is the place to be for Holy Week – the sites and sounds are a feast for the senses!
Bec will be tour leading Tucan Travel’s Quetzal Highway, departing on Friday 11th April 2014 from Cancun. For more information on this tour, click here.