Antigua, Guatemala, August,1st, 2008 – Quinta Maconda & Maya Mountain produced a memorable event at Casa Oriente to welcome guests visiting from Europe, the United States and some from as far as Australia. The hosts who reside in Milan and St. Moritz regaled their forty friends with a magical three day affair in lavish style. The Casa Oriente bash was followed the next day by a candlelit dinner in the 18th century baroque church of San José el Viejo. All had been decorated with traditional Maya ornaments and set up by members of the brotherhood of Sto. Domingo Xenacoj. Guests danced to the tunes of cuban band, Buena Vista de Corazon.
The third day guests were shuttled by motor coaches on a Magical Mystery Tour to the pagan shrine of San Simon followed by the Maya community of Sto. Domingo Xenacoj. All enjoyed the insiders view of the celebration of the mayan community’s patron saint, Santo Domingo – A Picnic and chilled Mojitos were served along the way.
In between and after the festivities, guests were flown to remote villages and coffee farms by helicopter and bush planes to enjoy the charms of an authentic and unknown Guatemala. Vive la difference!
Production, Hospitality & Travel Design: Quinta Maconda & Maya Mountain.
Keith Bellows (Editor in Chief, National Geographic Traveler) traveled to Guatemala. Following is the account of his journey with John Heaton Guatemala Gifts
Video: The shrine of San Simon:
Profile of John Heaton in El Periodico Guatemala’s premier daily (full feature)
December 31st, 2006 – We celebrate new year’s eve with Richard David Story, (DEPARTURES, Editor in chief) his wife Jennifer and son Zach, also of the party, Catherine Docter, photographer Alexandra Penney and Dennis Ashbaugh as with the presence of many local friends. It was a festive evening that set the pace for the exhilarating 8 day adventure that followed.
DEPARTURES July-August 2007 –
Guatemala Gusto! 10 page feature by Richard David Story
View DEPARTURES – PDF:jh-Guatemala Gusto.pdf
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