Not sure how to celebrate Day of the Dead in Central America? Why not hike with us! To coincide with the world famous festival that takes place the week of November 1st each year in Todos Santos, Quetzaltrekkers will be offering two variations on our (also world famous!) Nebaj to Todos Santos trek.
The first, an extended seven day hike, will leave Xela on Thursday, October 27th, taking in the stunning scenery between Nebaj and Todos Santos (our usual 6-day trek), before meeting up with the Festival trek group in La Ventoza (a tiny town just outside Todos Santos) on the 30th.
The Festival trek, for those of a less walking mindset, takes four days and leaves Xela on Sunday, October 30th. We head north to La Ventoza where we will meet up with The Full trek group. After a relaxing temascal (traditional Mayan Sauna), we all have dinner and get to know each other before hitting the hay. The next day, both groups will climb La Torre together (the highest non-volcanic peak in Central America), soak in the luxurious views of Guatemala, and descend into Todos Santos, where we get to witness the unique Día de los Muertos celebrations, returning to Xela on Wednesday the 2nd.
This is a unique opportunity to see Todos Santos and experience the Day of the Dead celebrations, all the while supporting the great work of EDELAC! This annual festival is celebrated October 31st to November 2nd, centering on All Saints’ Day – November 1st (“Todos Santos” translates to “all saints” in English). Festivities include traditional dances, marimba music, a fairground, worship in the local cemetery, and most widely known, the famous horse race. This can be a scene of true mayhem due to the riders’ penchant for drinking alcohol for days leading up to the races!
For any questions or more information, contact us by phone, e-mail or drop by the office (hopefully to sign up!).