• Sumpango Guatemala | Giant Kite Festival Tour

    In the village of Sumpango, Guatemala a huge kite festivals takes place.

    Locals display the massive kites, with diameters ranging between 20 and 30 meters that they have been diligently working on for months.

Sumpango Guatemala Giant Kite Festival Tour

Sumpango Guatemala Giant Kite Festival Tour.

This is an annual festival that takes place November 1st to celebrate All Saints Day, also known as Day of the Dead.  This festival is the perfect mix of indigenous and Guatemala culture coming together.

In the village of Sumpango, Guatemala a huge kite festivals takes place.  Locals display the massive kites, with diameters ranging between 20 and 30 meters that they have been diligently working on for months.

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The giant kites are believed to keep away evil spirits and communicate with the dead.  They are colorful magnificent works of art made of colorful paper and cloth and glued or tied with wire or rope to a bamboo frame.  They feature intricate patterns that have their roots in Mayan designs of religious and folklore themes as well as inspirational messages.

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Another part of the celebration takes place in the cemeteries where families gather to decorate the grave-sites of their loved ones with candles, flowers, candles, and pine needles.

This day is truly a celebration of the beauty and mystery of life and death and provides families the opportunity to remember, honor, and reconnect with the spirits of their loved ones.

The sights, sounds, and smells are unlike anything you have experienced before.

If you’re in Guatemala for Halloween, the Sumpango Guatemala Giant Kite Festival Tour on November 1st is a great way to experience a taste of Guatemalan culture.

Giant Kite Festival Tour Sumpango Guatemala Details

TRIP DURATION: full day (roughly 8-9 hours)

TRIP LOCATION: Sumpango, Guatemala  

TRIP PHYSICAL LEVEL: Moderate

TRIP DETAILS: $110 (Q830) – 1 person / $85 (Q650) per person – 2 or more people (includes transportation)

WHAT TO BRING: Bring camera, sun protection (hat, shades, sunscreen), good walking shoes or sneakers are recommended (no flip-flops), and be prepared to have an incredible adventure!