A mariachi band plays during the Guadalupe Processions in Puerto Vallarta. // © 2010 Hacienda San Angel
Clients can enjoy their holiday break in a very memorable way this year with the Guadalupe Processions package at the Hacienda San Angel, a boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The package offers guests 25 percent off a stay of three nights or more from Dec. 1-12 and the chance to be part of the Guadalupe processions. The Guadalupe Processions are a time-honored Mexican tradition that celebrates the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, and her believed appearance to a peasant in Mexico in 1531. Individual processions take place during the first two weeks of December and are put on by local businesses, including the Hacienda San Angel (the hotel’s procession is scheduled for Dec. 3).
“This is a great opportunity for Puerto Vallarta locals and visitors to come together and celebrate the holidays in a completely unique way,” said Janice Chatterton, owner of Hacienda San Angel. “This isn’t so much a religious ritual as it is a cultural one in which individuals can participate in a historically significant tradition.”
Participating guests will get the chance to walk with the locals through Puerto Vallarta’s cobblestone streets and take in the live music, religious reenactments, folkloric dancing and theatrical performances that culminate with a celebratory mass at the Church of Guadalupe.