Spend four days in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage City
See huge kites flying during Dia de los Muertos festivities at Santiago Sacatepéquez
View shamanistic rituals at sacred caves
Learn about Maximón, a cigar-smoking, whisky-drinking indigenous deity
Explore village markets in Chichicastenango and San Francisco el Alto
Limited to a maximum of 14 participants
Join Far Horizons on a very special 13-day trip to walk through the world of the Guatemalan Highland Maya and learn the history of pre-Columbian civilizations. See the pre-classic site of Abaj Takalik and two K’iche’ and Kaqchikel capital cities – Iximché and Utatlán – still inhabited when the Spanish arrived. Behold the majestic ruins of Colonial New Spain in the extraordinary city of Antigua. Along the way we will witness the Highland Maya as they practice religious rituals and the veneration of Maximónes, also known as San Simón: cigar-smoking, whisky-drinking indigenous deities that are worshiped as living gods (of course, without the approval of the Roman Catholic Church). This wonderful trip is scheduled to include Day of the Dead festivities held in Santiago Sacatepéquez where huge, beautiful kites are flown to raise the souls of the dead to heaven and to turn away evil spirits. The inhabitants of this area believe that on November 1st they can communicate with their ancestors by flying these colorful kites high in the air with messages of happiness.