Cargadoras - Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala
CUCURUCHOS and CARGADORAS – These are the men and women, respectively, who carry the andas. Each pays about 30 quetzales (roughly US$4) to their church for the privilege. Children, who carry smaller andas in their own special processions, pay less. Only women carry andas with the Virgin Mary on them and these can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. During each processions, these enormous andas are carefully choreographed along specific routes through city streets, around tight corners and over an obstacle course of cobblestones and flower-and-vegetable-strewn alfombras.