Pesach Guatemala Passover 2024

Celebrating together with Chabad of Pedro

Welcome to a Journey of Tradition and Taste: Pesach 2024 at LAKE ATITLAN, Guatemala

Join Us for a Memorable Pesach:

As we open our doors for the 14th year, we warmly invite you to celebrate Pesach 2024 in the serene beauty of LAKE ATITLAN, Guatemala. Discover the charm of Lake Atitlan, its attractions, and accommodations. Our team at the Chabad House is ready to assist with any information to enhance your stay.

A Culinary Experience Like No Other:

This Pesach, indulge in an unparalleled culinary adventure. We're elevating your dining experience with a professional culinary team from the renowned COCINARTE Group in Guatemala City. Together with our dedicated local team and 3 sous chefs, we promise abundant, delicious kosher meals, creating a festive holiday atmosphere. Let us take care of your dietary needs so you can focus on the joy and spirituality of Pesach.

Your Pesach, Personalized:

Holiday Meals: Dive into a world of flavor with our expertly crafted meals. Our professional team is devoted to bringing you a taste of tradition with a touch of gourmet.

Spiritual Nourishment: Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit with prayers and activities in the warm environment of Beit Chabad.

Explore at Your Leisure: Pedro's affordable attractions await. We'll guide you with a curated list, ensuring you can plan the perfect Chol Hamoed outing.

Exclusively Yours:

Accommodations Tailored to You: Choose from 3 exclusive locations or explore further options via Booking.com and Airbnb. Need help? We're just a WhatsApp message away!

Stay Informed: Our website will soon feature comprehensive details on attractions and accommodations. Register now to receive a confirmation email and, closer to the date, a detailed menu and schedule.

Ready to Make Memories?

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate Pesach 2024 with us. Immerse yourself in a holiday filled with spiritual enrichment, community, and culinary delight. Contact us on WhatsApp at +50249727770 to secure your spot.

Your Journey Awaits:

Get ready to create unforgettable memories at LAKE ATITLAN. We can't wait to welcome you and ensure your Pesach is not just observed but cherished. Join us, and let's celebrate together!

Pricing & Details:

Accommodation
Duration: April 21st to May 1st, 2024

Select the perfect accommodation for your stay during Pesach. We offer a range of apartment options to suit your needs and preferences.

Attention: Meals are not included with accommodation bookings.

Apartment Options:
Apartment for 2: Ideal for Couples
Price: $1,300.00
Apartment for 4: Ideal for Small Family
Price: $1,800.00
Penthouse: Perfect for Five Guests
Price: $2,100.00
Hostel Room: Suitable for Two
Price: $400.00

Full Pesach Meal Plan
Duration: April 21st to May 1st, 2024

Opt for our full meal plan which covers all your dining needs from April 21st to May 1st, 2024. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with special menus for Erev Pesach and Shabbat.

Pricing:
Adult: $1,190.00
Child (5-11): $790.00

First Days of Pesach Meal Plan
Duration: April 21st to April 23rd, 2024

Opt for our First Days of Pesach Meal Plan, covering all dining needs from April 21st to April 23rd, 2024. Includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with special menus for Erev Pesach and the first two Seders.

Pricing:
Adult: $449.00
Child (5-11): $299.00

Last Days of Pesach Meal Plan
Duration: April 26th to May 1st, 2024

Choose our Last Days of Pesach Meal Plan, catering to your dining needs from April 26th to May 1st, 2024. Includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, with special menus for the concluding days of Pesach.

Pricing:
Adult: $399.00
Child (5-11): $279.00

Chol Hamoed Pesach Meal Plan
Duration: April 24th to April 25th, 2024

Select our Chol Hamoed Pesach Meal Plan, ideal for the intermediate days of the festival. Covers dining needs from April 24th to April 25th, 2024, including daily breakfast and lunch.

Pricing:
Adult: $399.00
Child (5-11): $279.00

Q&A for Pesach 2024 in Pedro, Guatemala at LAKE ATITLAN:

Q: What makes the Pesach 2024 program at LAKE ATITLAN unique?

A: Our Pesach program offers an unparalleled blend of spiritual enrichment and gourmet dining in the beautiful setting of LAKE ATITLAN. With our professional culinary team, including chefs from the COCINARTE Group, and a focus on creating a warm, community-driven atmosphere, you're in for an unforgettable holiday experience.

Q: Can you tell me more about the food and dining experience?

A: Absolutely! We're offering three expertly prepared meals a day by a professional culinary team, with an emphasis on abundant, delicious kosher food. Our chefs from Guatemala City and a professional cook from Israel are dedicated to elevating your dining experience to a new level.

Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?

A: We've secured three exclusive locations for our guests, offering a range of comfortable and convenient accommodations. For those seeking more options, we can assist with bookings on platforms like Booking.com and Airbnb.

Q: How can I plan my activities during Chol Hamoed?

A: We provide a curated list of affordable and engaging attractions in Pedro. Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, our team is here to help you plan the perfect holiday outing.

Q: How will the spiritual aspects of Pesach be handled?

A: Our program includes prayers and activities in the Beit Chabad synagogue, ensuring a spiritually uplifting experience. Our focus is on creating an environment that allows you to connect with the traditions and meanings of Pesach.

Q: How do I register and what information will I receive?

A: You can register by contacting us on WhatsApp at +50249727770. Upon registration, you'll receive a confirmation email, and closer to Pesach, a detailed email with the menu and schedule.

Q: What support is available for international guests?

A: Our team is ready to assist with any questions or needs you may have, from accommodations to planning your stay. Just reach out to us on WhatsApp, and we'll be there to help.

Q: How can I ensure my dietary needs are met?

A: Our professional culinary team is well-versed in kosher practices and Pesach dietary restrictions. If you have specific needs or concerns, please contact us in advance so we can accommodate you.

Q: Are there options for families with children?

: Yes, our program is family-friendly. While we don't provide dedicated babysitting services, we strive to create a welcoming environment for guests of all ages and can assist in finding local babysitting services if needed.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: We're here to help. For any further inquiries or specific needs, please don't hesitate to reach out to us on WhatsApp at +50249727770. We're committed to making your Pesach experience as enjoyable and meaningful as possible.

Q: Can I get food for Chol Hamoed trips?

A: Yes, you need to order one day in advance by dinner time, and we will prepare and pack To-Go meals for you.

Q: Are there places to visit during Chol Hamoed?

A: Absolutely! Lake Atitlan and the surrounding area offer a variety of attractions. We'll provide you with a list and guidance to help you plan your outings.

Q: Is there a Mikveh for women?

A: Yes, there is. However, it's mandatory to schedule an appointment at least 4 days in advance.

Q: Is there a Mikveh for men?

A: Yes. To maintain cleanliness, the operating hours are from 7:00-10:30 AM. On Erev Shabbat and Yom Tov, it's available from 14:00 until half an hour before the onset of Shabbat/Yom Tov.

Q: How do we get to you from the airport?

A: Transportation from/to the airport can be arranged via Uber or a list of drivers that we can provide upon request.

Q: How do we do laundry?

A: Local laundromats provide convenient and efficient service. Usually, you can coordinate this with your hotel or the managers of the apartment where you're staying.

Attractions in Pedro

The Indian Nose/Nariz del Indio

Why is it called the Nose? From the lakeshore, the mountain resembles a face looking up at the sky. Ascend from Beit Chabad to experience a stunning sunrise with views of a smoking volcano, surrounding villages, and Lake Atitlan's reflections.

What's Included? Duration: 5-6 hours; Activity: ~40 minutes drive to Santa Clara, ~20 minutes hike to the viewpoint, return by 9:00 AM; Required Equipment: Warm clothing, comfortable closed shoes, flashlight or phone flash, camera, water; Price: 160 quetzal.

Kayaking

Explore the lake from a unique perspective by renting a kayak near the "Sababa" restaurant. Life jackets and quality kayaks provided.

Best Time: Morning for favorable weather; Duration: 1-2 hours; Price: ~35 Quetzal per hour.

Horseback Riding

Enjoy a scenic ride to a hilltop viewpoint overlooking the lagoon.

Tip: Ask for the white mare; Duration: Recommended for two hours; Price: ~45 Quetzal per hour.

Painting Course

Join a 3-hour Mayan-style painting course with a local artist. Create your own souvenir and pick it up the next day.

Location: Near the Johana minimarket; Duration: 3-4 hours; Price: 250 Quetzal for simple drawings, 400 Quetzal for complex ones.

Hot Water Pools

Relax in a Jacuzzi-style pool with a lake view, sauna, and cold pool available.

Location: Turn left from Main Street towards Casa Lola, then right into the alley; Availability: 8:30 AM - Midnight; Price: 40 Quetzal for hot tub, additional 40 for sauna and cold pool.

Water Sports

Options include Sap, Jet Ski, Banana Boat, Water Skiing, Speed Boat, Paragliding.

Note: Contact Nadav, an Israeli operator, for details and pricing.

ATV / Motorcycle Rental

Rent ATVs or motorcycles for exploring the area.

Safety: Always wear a helmet and ride responsibly; Price: Varies, e.g., 150 Quetzal per hour, 600 per day.

Bicycle Rental

Cycle around the village or take a 4-hour trail from San Pedro to San Marcos.

Duration: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Price: 125 Quetzal per person, 100 Quetzal each for groups over 3.

San Pedro Volcano

Trek to this 995.2-meter-high volcano for incredible views.

Duration: 4:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Price: 220 Quetzal per person.

La Cristalinas Beach

Visit this beach for clear waters and beautiful views.

Tip: Bring food and drinks, toilets available; Entrance Fee: 10 Quetzal.

Weaving on Objects

Get unique woven souvenirs like lighters, pens, and bracelets from local craftspeople.

Recommendation: Look for Tony in Casa Blanca; Pricing: Varies, e.g., Lighter - 20 Quetzal, Pen - 10 Quetzal.

Cosmetics

Visit Brenda for a range of beauty services located opposite Bar 420.

Massage

Experience professional massages in the village.

Contact: Tammy (+502 5489 6710), located behind Buddha Bar; Price: 160 Quetzal per hour, 200 for special types.

Spanish Classes

Learn Spanish with one-on-one lessons, suitable for all levels.

Contact: Francisco (+50241172313); Price: 50 Quetzal per hour.

Code of Conduct for Our Village

Our village is a small, family-oriented community. It's essential to maintain respectful and appropriate behavior at all times.

1. Respect for Locals: The local community is an integral part of our village. Please show them the utmost respect in all interactions. Greet them warmly, be considerate of their customs and practices, and show appreciation for their hospitality.

2. Cleanliness: Cleanliness is highly valued here. We ask that you help maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the village by disposing of trash properly, keeping your accommodations tidy, and being mindful of the natural environment. If you see litter, please pick it up and dispose of it properly.

3. Caring for the Environment: Our village prides itself on its pristine environment. Please avoid harming local flora and fauna, respect wildlife, and adhere to any guidelines provided regarding environmental conservation.

4. Noise Levels: As a family-oriented community, we encourage a peaceful atmosphere. Please keep noise to a minimum, especially during early morning and late evening hours. This includes music, loud conversations, and any other disturbances.

5. Cultural Sensitivity: Be aware of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting communal areas or religious sites. If you're unsure about something, it's always better to ask.

Please do not dispose of anything in the toilet as it can cause blockages that may last for months. For a smooth and pleasant stay for everyone, we kindly ask that you use the provided bins for any waste materials. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in maintaining the functionality and cleanliness of our facilities.

By following these guidelines, you'll help ensure a harmonious and enjoyable experience for everyone in the village. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

Weather

San Pedro, Guatemala, during the time of Pesach (Passover), which usually falls in April, enjoys a pleasant climate that is part of its dry season. Here's what you can expect regarding the weather and the suggested attire:

Weather Overview during Pesach:

Temperature: In April, the temperatures in San Pedro are typically comfortable, ranging between 16°C (60°F) at night to 27°C (80°F) during the day. The weather is generally warm and inviting, perfect for outdoor activities.

Rain: While April is in the dry season, occasional light showers can occur. The rainy season starts around May, so the likelihood of rain increases as the month progresses.

Sunlight: Days are usually sunny and bright, with a higher UV index. It's important to prepare for sun exposure, especially during midday.

Recommended Clothing for Pesach:

Daytime Wear: Light, breathable clothing is ideal for daytime. Think cotton shirts, T-shirts, light trousers, or skirts. Long sleeves can protect you from the sun while keeping you cool.

Evening Wear: Evenings can be cooler, so it's wise to have a sweater or a light jacket handy. Layering is key as temperatures can drop after sunset.

Rain Preparedness: Though less likely, a light rain jacket or a compact umbrella could come in handy for unexpected showers.

Sun Protection: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and a good sunscreen are essential to protect against the strong sun. Consider a lip balm with SPF as well.

Footwear: Comfortable walking shoes are a must. If you plan to engage in any hiking or more extensive walking, consider bringing sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Sandals or easy slip-off shoes might be preferred for more relaxed days or when attending services.

Modest and Respectful Attire: San Pedro, and Guatemala in general, have strong cultural and religious traditions. Especially during a religious festival like Pesach, and when visiting religious sites, dressing modestly is appreciated. This includes avoiding overly revealing clothes and ensuring shoulders and knees are covered.

Ceremonial Clothing: If you plan to attend synagogue services or communal dinners, you might want to bring nicer attire for these occasions.

Remember, the key to enjoying your time during Pesach in San Pedro is comfort and preparedness. Dressing in layers, protecting yourself from the sun, and being ready for cooler evenings will ensure you can fully engage with the celebrations and the beautiful surroundings.

Transportation

Transportation in San Pedro, Guatemala, reflects the town's laid-back and rustic charm. Here's an overview:

Tuk-Tuks: These small, three-wheeled taxis are the primary mode of transportation within San Pedro. They are convenient for short trips around town and are relatively inexpensive. It's a good idea to agree on the fare before starting your journey as they don't have meters.

Walking: San Pedro is a small town, and many of the attractions, restaurants, and accommodations are within walking distance of each other. Walking not only gives you a closer view of the local life and culture but is also the most cost-effective way to get around.

Boats: For travel to and from other villages around Lake Atitlan, public boats (lanchas) are widely used. These boats typically operate on a regular schedule and can take you to nearby towns like Santiago Atitlán, Panajachel, and others. The ride offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding volcanoes.

Safety and Practical Tips:

Always negotiate the fare with tuk-tuk drivers beforehand.

Be aware of your surroundings when walking, especially at night.

Confirm boat schedules and destinations to avoid missing your ride.

San Pedro's transportation options add to its charm and are part of the overall experience of visiting this beautiful lakeside town. Whether you prefer to navigate the streets by tuk-tuk, explore the lake by boat, or enjoy a leisurely walk, you'll find getting around is part of the adventure.

Water

Please be advised not to drink water directly from the tap. While our village is beautiful and welcoming, the local water may contain bacteria and particles unfamiliar to your system, potentially leading to discomfort or illness. For your health and safety, we recommend drinking bottled water or water that has been properly filtered and treated. Bottled water is readily available for purchase throughout the village, and we may also provide safe drinking options. Your well-being is our priority, so please take this precaution seriously during your stay."

Communication

Purchasing a SIM card, specifically from the telecommunications provider Claro (recognized by its red logo), is a common need for travelers visiting Guatemala. Here's some information and advice on acquiring a SIM card at the airport and in the village:

At the Airport:

1. Availability: Upon arrival at Guatemala's main airport, La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, you should look for a Claro kiosk or store. They are usually located in the arrivals area right before the immigration and are hard to miss with their distinctive red branding.

2. Requirements: To purchase a SIM card, you typically need to provide your passport as identification. Make sure to have it handy.

3. Plans and Prices: Claro offers a variety of plans, including those geared towards tourists, with various data, call, and text options. Prices can vary, so consider how much data and how many local/international calls you plan to make.

4. Assistance and Setup: Staff at the airport are usually bilingual and can assist you in choosing the right plan and setting up your SIM card. Make sure your phone is unlocked and compatible with the local network (GSM).

In the Village:

1. Local Purchase: If you decide not to buy a SIM card at the airport, or if you're unable to do so for some reason, you can purchase one in San Pedro. Claro stores or authorized retailers are present in most towns and cities. In smaller villages, look for signs in shops or ask locals where you can buy a Claro SIM card.

2. Activation and Top-Up: Once you've purchased your SIM, you may need to activate it and top it up with credit. Store staff can usually help you with this process, or you can follow the instructions on the SIM package.

3. Network Coverage: Be aware that while Claro has good coverage in most urban and tourist areas, there might be spots, especially in more remote or rural areas, where the signal is weaker or unavailable.

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