Chichicastenango Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for Chichicastenango

From there we were able to take weekend trips to the beautiful colonial city of Antigua and the colorful market of Chichicastenango....

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My second weeked in Antigua, and desperate for a change, I packed my comically-oversized 80-litre backpack and boarded a local chicken bus (full disclosure: no actual chickens) to the market town of Chichicastenango, a couple hours away....

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Top Places To Visit in Chichicastenango 7 Spots

Plaza Central, Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Each week there's an explosion of colors, fabrics and carried and put together by the Mayan women that come from all over Guatemala to sell their goods in the tiny town of Chichicastenango. This little villages stays very quiet 5 days a week but on Sunday and Thursday locals and foreigners come to get lost in the Central America's largest market. We ended up spending 3 hours in town. There are a few must visit spots in the area including the town's main church (Iglesia de Santo Tomas), of course the market itself (which is in front of the church), and lastly the very colorful cemetery located 5 minutes from the market. If you're staying at Lake Atitlan, Antigua, or Xela it's an easy day trip and can be done via chicken bus or tour shuttles.
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btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango

Weekend Getaways from Chichicastenango  

Less than 50 km away from the hustle and bustle of the capital – Guatemala city is the colonial town of Antigua. First look and it feels you’ve been transported to a different period in time; that is if you can ignore those motor vehicles.The city proudly sits surrounded by three volcanoes; its majestic outlook not doomed by the earthquake that turned the city to rubble in 1773. The earthquake stopped the time there it seems – the brightly coloured facades of colonial houses, majestic cathedrals, still standing walls of churches whose domes have caved in, cobbled streets are so inviting. Its a UNESCO world heritage site now; there is still magic in this centuries-old decayed dilapidated town.I was excited about Antigua ever since I decided to visit Guatemala; since this was going to be my first ever Spanish colony experience. And I was not disappointed at all. The orange and red and yellow mansions are fascinating, the flowering trees lining the streets, the whiff of breeze as you walk in the evenings only added to the charm.


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