Monday, August 1, 2016

Bella Guatemala Announces 2016 Dia de Los Muertos Tour Details

From exploring ancient ruins to chocolate making workshops, Bella Guatemala Travel will submerge travelers into the colorful Mayan culture through a multitude of celebrations and activities during its ten-day, fall tour package in Guatemala from October 27 to November 4, 2016.

The cornerstone of Bella Guatemala Travel’s Dia de los Muertos tour is the annual All Saints Day Giant Kite Festival at Santiago SacatepĂ©quez in celebration of Day of the Dead, a 3,000-year-old tradition. Guatemala is the only country in the world to celebrate Dia de los Muertos by flying colorful, massive kites, which are believed to both communicate with and honor lost loved ones.  The kites, which take months to create and depict religious, traditional and contemporary themes, are true folkloric masterpieces.

To help travelers truly appreciate the Land of the Mayas, Bella Guatemala Travel has carefully crafted an itinerary that is balanced with both exciting activities and free discovery time. The itinerary includes a tour of Tikal National Park, one of the most renowned archaeological sites in Central America; a La Azoteca Coffee Plantation tour, showcasing over 130 years of traditional Guatemalan coffee growing; a chocolate workshop, where visitors will learn to make their own chocolates and truffles; a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage designated city of Antigua; a boat tour of the dramatic Lake Atitlán; visits to museums, churches and the celebrated Maya weavers from the Association of Women in Botanical Colors cooperative, and an optional Pacaya Volcano tour for up-close views of the active 23,000-year-old volcano, named one of the top volcano hikes by National Geographic.

Bella Guatemala Travel also built free time into the itinerary so travelers can visit open air artisan markets, take in the dramatic scenery of Lake Atitlan and explore the cobblestone streets of Antigua. The tour is guided by top Guatemala and Latin American expedition travel leaders Jose Antonio Gonzalez, archaeologist and explorer, and Emilio Faillace, naturalist and environmentalist, ensuring that the tour will be a rewarding and educational experience for all ages.

With Bella Guatemala Travel, authenticity meets luxury with a sustainable approach. For the 2016 Dia de los Muertos Giant Kite Festival tour, hotels have been carefully inspected and selected because of their connection to Guatemala’s heritage and culture as well as their premium services and luxury standards. Las Lagunas Hotel is located in the Heart of the Maya World in the Peten region. Offering fully equipped suites, all rooms have private jacuzzis with patios overlooking a lagoon.  Las Lagunas Hotel also serves as a private nature reserve, making it an ideal landscape for bird and wildlife viewing and other eco activities. The Hotel Camino Real, near the historic heart of Guatemala City, maintains a warm and elegant ambiance with colonial influences that honor its rich history, culture and traditions. Hotel Aurora in Antigua keeps a lovely, quaint atmosphere and is located in the center of this historical icon, surrounded by restored Spanish Baroque churches, museums and cobblestoned avenues.

A cultural Guatemalan tour wouldn’t be complete without authentic local flavor. All meals are included in the itinerary and travelers will enjoy, among others, dinner at Kacao, a traditional Guatemalan restaurant at the heart of Guatemala City; at Fridas, celebrating the cuisine of Guatemala’s neighbor to the north, famous for paying homage to renowned Latin artist Frida Kahlo; the highly acclaimed Shultun restaurant, which combines astonishing views and a sophisticated ambience with local gourmet flavors, specially made with fresh, exotic ingredients; and perched on a hill that shares the site with an art museum and sculpture garden, El Tenedor del Cerro, overlooking Antigua and offering a fusion of international dishes using fresh local ingredients.

Bella Guatemala Travel’s Dia de los Muertos tour is $4495, based on double occupancy. The tour includes international flights from the U.S., luxury accommodations, three meals daily, transportation, tours, entrance fees, bilingual tour guides, taxes and gratuities, as an all-inclusive tour. All Bella Guatemala Travel tours are comprised of small and intimate groups, with no more than 16 guests. For more information, please visit www.bellaguatemalatravel.com.

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