GUATEMALA: DAY OF THE DEAD FESTIVAL
10 DAYS // OCT 24 – NOV 2, 2015
October 24 - Arrive Guatemala City (GUA)
You will be transported from the airport to our hotel in Antigua. This afternoon, photograph the main plaza and the exquisite colonial churches and monasteries in this beautiful town. In the late afternoon, we leave for San Andres Iztapa to photograph San Simon also known as Maximon. We will have an orientation meeting this evening and dinner. Overnight Palacio de Doña Leonor.
October 25 - Nebaj
After breakfast, transfer to Nebaj. En route visit and photograph the famous market at Chichicastenango with its indigenous people who come to barter for goods from the numerous surrounding villages. Overnight in Hacienda San Antonio.
October 26 - Nebaj
After breakfast, visit Aguacatan, Sacapulas (village with saltmines) and Nebaj. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful, and the local people, remote from the cultural influences of modern urbanity, proudly preserve their ancient way of life. Nebaj women are recognized by their beautiful purple, green and yellow pom-pommed hair braids, and for their huipiles and rebozos (shawls) of the same colors. All villages are great for photography. Overnight in Hacienda San Antonio.
October 27 - Huehuetenango
Early morning transfer to the higher mountains of Central America to a lodge at over 10,000 feet above sea level. En route visit to Sacapulas, Chiantla Maya towns. Overnight at Unicornio Azul Lodge.
October 28 - Huehuetenango
Today photograph the most hidden places of San Juan Atitan and Zaculeu. Overnight at Unicornio Azul Lodge.
October 29 - Lake Atitlán-Sololá market
This morning, depart for Lake Atitlan which is considered the most beautiful lake in the world. On the way, we take time to visit Comalapa to photograph Kaqchikel painters, as well as Iximche and Sololá where women continue to wear traditional Mayan clothing. Sololá is found in the western part of the country and is one of the areas with the richest indigenous traditions.
The present ethnic groups include Cackchiqueles, Quiches and Tzutuiles, who wear their traditional indigenous costumes with pride. These costumes are handmade and are one of the main attractions of Sololá. A fantastic view is created by the three volcanoes of Toliman, Atitlán, and San Pedro, which surround the lake. We will end the day by shooting a sunset over Lake Atitlán. Overnight at Atitlan Hotel.
October 30 - Lake Atitlán
Today, we will photograph around Lake Atitlan by boat, shooting the colorful local villages like Santiago Atitlan and San Juan. In Santiago, we will take portraits and use location lighting to capture the indigenous Tz'utujill people. Overnight at Atitlan Hotel.
October 31 - Xelayú-San Francisco el Alto market-Antigua-Day of the Dead
Early departure to the market in the village of San Francisco el Alto. This is also the largest textile market in Guatemala, and therefore one of the best places to buy some of the beautiful clothing and fabrics. Photograph the valley below with volcanoes in the distance.
We will continue our adventure to photograph traditional villages of Zunil and San Andres Xecul, home to one of the most colorful churches in Guatemala. Later, we photograph the preparations for the Day of Dead Festival in Antigua. The indigenous people will be celebrating all night with candlelit vigils in beautifully decorated cemeteries. Overnight Palacio de Doña Leonor.
November 01 - Antigua-Day of the Dead Kite Festival
We will photograph locals flying their own small kites, but the truly impressive ones, with diameters ranging between 24 and 30 meters only go up at dusk. Photograph the festivities all day. Overnight Palacio de Doña Leonor.
November 2 - Depart for your flight leaving Guatemala City
Itinerary is subject to change.