Patience! Don’t be afraid to ask a local.

November 23, 2008 by  
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Keep in mind that with all the crowds and multiple processions, it is impossible to experience all that Semana Santa has to offer. It would be the equivalent of expecting to see all that Disney World has to offer in one day! So the best thing to do is map out the week’s events like you would any other trip—find out the procession’s routes, choose the ones you want to see, map out their routes, choose a spot you think will afford you the best view, and then wait till your procession goes by. Expect to be standing for long periods of time (10-12 hours in some cases).

 Allow extra time to get places. With the thousands of people flooding the city streets, a 2-block walk might take 40 minutes, not 12.

 And finally, don’t be afraid to ask a local for his opinion, using the local language if possible. Locals have the best knowledge of routes, the best places to view processions, and other nuggets of information that you might not think of.

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