What to do Next: Celebrate Semana Santa (Easter) in Antigua, Guatemala

January 2013

Six Tips to Spending Easter in Antigua

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There are few places in the world that celebrate Easter quite like Guatemala’s colonial city of Antigua. Over the course of the holiday, this cobblestoned town of pastel-hued houses and crumbling ruins becomes a backdrop for incense-infused religious processions, elaborate…

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Alfombras: Semana Santa’s Short-Lived Street Art

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Forget dying Easter eggs. Antigua dyes its sawdust—and then uses it to make some of the coolest carpets you’ll ever see. As elaborate and individual as they are ephemeral, alfombras are carpets that adorn the street routes of church processions…

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It’s Easter. Eat Up.

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Food plays a big part in Antigua’s Semana Santa celebrations, particularly food made and sold by locals for religious processions and holy vigils. You’ll see señoras doling out sweet and savory items from blanket-lined wicker baskets, grills set up in…

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Beyond Antigua: Five Quick (But Awesome) Trips

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It’s not uncommon: Travelers come to Antigua, fall in love with the cobblestone streets, gorgeous old ruins, and cosmopolitan restaurants, and never want to leave. And that’s fine, except that there’s so much to see beyond the city’s borders. Here,…

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Our Semana Santa Pick: Hotel Palacio de Doña Leonor

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Semana Santa (or Holy Week—the seven days leading up to Easter) is Antigua’s most celebrated religious event. Over the course of the holiday (and throughout the season of Lent), locals and visitors flood the city’s streets for religious processions, holy…

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