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Chichicastenango (Guatemala)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 30min by bus from Panajachel
When to go
From November to April
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chichicastenango

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

At 40km from Panajachel, it takes 1hr 30min to get to Chichicastenango by Chicken Bus. If you want to explore one of the country's most vibrant markets, make sure you're there on a Thursday or Sunday.

My suggestion:
I suggest you arrive at Chichicastenango the day before the market, so that you can head out before the tourist coaches arrive.
My review

Thanks to its famous market Chichicastenango has become a star attraction du on Guatemala's tourist trail. I highly recommend you arrive the day before. Strolling around the 2,000-odd stalls that the local Mayans set up is far more agreeable early in the morning. By 10am you'll find more tourists in the streets than Amerindians.

I was, however, saddened to see that Chichicastenango had lost much of its authenticity. Once away from the rabble, I settled down on the top steps of Saint Thomas Church. It's one of the oldest in the country and Mayan religious ceremonies are still held. I also recommend you tackle the 30-minute walk to the sacrificial shrine at the top of the hill. Chuchkaujaus, the Mayan high priests, still perform rites at the site.

In short, providing you organise your visit and avoid the hordes of tourists, Chichicastenango is a charming place to visit.

Tours and travel ideas Chichicastenango

  • Highlights
Highlights Of Guatemala
Length 8 days Approx. $1,830
  • Adventure
The Mayan Nature Tour
Length 15 days Approx. $3,150
  • Highlights
Mayan Classic and Beach Escape
Length 15 days Approx. $3,650
  • Boutique travel
Mayan Honeymoon - History, Hiking, And Island Paradise 
Length 15 days Approx. $3,610
Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Central American Discovery Trip
Length 16 days Approx. $3,880
  • Off the beaten track
Mayan Treasures
Length 11 days Approx. $2,330
  • Off the beaten track
Local Markets And Textiles
Length 11 days Approx. $2,340
Multi-destination tour
  • Highlights
Guatemala And Belize Adventure
Length 14 days Approx. $3,110
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