Festivals around the world are trips that most of us dream about seeing, understanding the culture of, and participating in. Witnessing a culture demonstrate their traditions in an elevated setting is a sight to see! Journey with us to some of the most celebrated festivals around the world from observing Dia de los Muertos at the Guatemala Kite Festival to naming baby gorillas at the Kwitz Izina Gorilla Naming Ceremony in Rwanda. Celebrate New Years Eve with Latin flair in Cuba or ring in the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong after an exclusive visit to the Harbin Ice Festival. Or, if a few great bottles of wine are what you are looking for, join us for the Bordeaux Wine Festival.
Guatemala Kite Festival
On November 1st each year, Guatemala's families honor their departed loved ones on Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Besides the traditional visit to the cemetery, this day is marked with colorful and extravagant kite festivals and dining on fiambre, the traditional dish of the day.
The vibrantly colored designs on the kites, some of which are 30 meters high or more, are made of cloth and paper with bamboo frames, depict religious or folkloric themes, and are flown in local cemeteries to honor the familial dead.
The practice of flying colorful kites during the Day of the Dead celebrations has been a tradition recognized by various religious sects in Guatemala for over 3,000 years, and locals believe it is a tool for communicating with the beyond.
Our journey begins in bustling Guatemala City before setting out to explore the vibrant country spending two nights on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, a treasure trove of rich nature and colorful, traditional culture. Our stay includes ample time in Antigua, a cosmopolitan destination with a rich colonial past. Its cobblestone streets are lined with pastel-hued homes, and an exceptional selection of cafes, restaurants, and shops. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, this city of 35,000 people sits in a valley between coffee farms, indigenous villages, and three imposing volcanoes. We will travel back to the advanced Mayan civilization visiting the extensive remnants of Ixmiche, Tikal, and Uaxactun. A special highlight of our journey will be two nights spent under the stars just as the Mayans did in an exclusive camp set amongst the ruins of Uaxactun.
This one-of-a-kind journey will have us engaging with the locals at the colorful Compalapa Market, we will be the guests of honor for a true cultural exchange when we dine with a local family in their home, and we will meet the coffee producers of De La Gente (DLG), a nonprofit organization working to support small, independent coffee producers and promote environmentally responsible agriculture in Guatemala.
Our exclusive, small group journey is limited to just 12 guests. Call us now to reserve your space!
OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 6, 2019
$5,995 per person based on double occupancy
$6,995 per person based on single occupancy
Annual Kite Festival & Dia de los Muertos celebrations
Exploring the Mayan ruins at Ixmiche and Tikal
Spending a night under the stars at Uaxactun