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Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango

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The Basics

Chichicastenango is easy to visit on a day trip from Guatemala City, Antigua, or Lake Atitlán. Check out the museums, and wander around Central America’s largest market. Take a look at the colorful murals steeped in symbolism, and experience a Maya tradition such as a fire cleansing ceremony (performed by a shaman). Tack on a stop at the nearby archeological site of Iximche, the last Maya capital before the Spanish conquest.

If you have more time, multi-day tours explore the stunning volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlán, the colonial architecture and fascinating history of the UNESCO-listed city of Antigua, or even farther afield, the Maya ruins in Tikal National Park.

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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua
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$76.93 per adult
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Chichi and Pana day trip
Miguel was the best. Very informative. Provides great history. Very careful with your safety. The lake is beautiful. You should spend more than one day there. My schedule did not allow for that so this was a great trip.
kristen_b, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Panajachel

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Pana and lake Atitlan tour...
Peter_W, Jul 2021
Chichicastenango Ancestral Mayan Market & Lake Atitlan with Lunch in Panajachel
Great tour with Winston...he was the best....He had a great knowledge of the area and explained it well...
star-5
GREAT TOUR!!!
Liz_H, Jan 2021
Chichicastenango Ancestral Mayan Market & Lake Atitlan with Lunch in Panajachel
This tour was amazing!! My guides, Winston and Astrid, were so nice, knowledgeable, and professional. The drivers were also fantastic. I learned so much about Guatemala and Mayan culture. I also took some great photos at Lake Atitlan and Chichicastenango. This tour is great for families, couples, and solo travelers. Awesome experience!!!
star-4
A Sunday to remember
Gayle, Mar 2020
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua
Our driver picked us up on time at our hotel in a late model vehicle, very comfortable. He was a good driver, and fluent in English as well as Spanish. It is a fairly long drive, but there are rest stops going and coming. The scenery is spectacular. We went on Sunday, market day in Chichicastenango, which is highly recommended - a huge colorful lively experience. Be sure to visit the food vendors inside also. Fantastic photo ops.
star-4
The tour was well organised and our...
Enrica G, Nov 2017
Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua
The tour was well organised and our guide very friendly and competent. The only thing is i wish we'd spent more time at the lake, where we only had a 20 minutes walk vs. around 3 hours in Chichicastenango.
star-5
Great tour
Mark_C, May 2021
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua
Super fun trip to the market and lake. Our guide was excellent and provided so much valuable information and sights we would have never found by ourselves. He knew exactly where to go and was very attentive to our needs. He also let us stop at a nice leather store where my wife got a great jacket and cowboy boots. The level of service was outstanding. The market for a little overwhelming because we were some of the only tourists due to covid. I just laughed when people were trying to sell me everything under the sun. If you feel like it's too much, just tell your guide and they'll take you away. I felt like we made a friend on this tour. You won't be disappointed. Since it was just my wife and I, we were able to adjust the tour to our needs. Great service
star-5
2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour
Lois, Feb 2020
2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour from Guatemala City or Antigua
This was a fantastic experience with a very good guide in Davos who is not only knowledgable but personable and lots of fun too! We learned lots and have some super photos to help us remember this experience—actually many experiences! Highly recommend this tour!
star-4
Good Tour
Michelle_T, Feb 2020
Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City
Overall tour was good. We went to the market, went to a church, had lunch, then went to the lake then back home I wish we spent more time at the lake, lunch would've been better there. Our tour guide and driver was amazingly sweet.
star-5
Wonderful Day Trip
parryseven, Sep 2019
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua
Mirkos did a great job as our tour guide to Chichicastenango. He was very knowledgeable and because we ended up as the only two on the tour, he let us make decisions about how to spend our time. I would definitely recommend this day trip!
star-5
Must see and do while in Guatemala
Dyan_123, Sep 2019
Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Day Trip
, beautiful drive, crazy Market, lots of interesting information., our guide Tony, took us to several beautiful locations and many interesting sites.
star-5
Fun trip to the Mercado and Breathtaking Views of Lake Atitlan!
mygoodwinfamily, Aug 2019
Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City
Juan Pablo was a great guide and Cubano was a fantastic driver! Juan Pablo was a wonderful guide! He taught us about Guatemala, the Mayan that live in this beautiful place, the customs and traditions of the Maya, and about the places that we visited. A guide book to Guatemala cannot give the personal information about a place the way that Juan Pablo gave to us. A visit to the Mercado is a must! The views at Atitlan are breathtaking!
star-5
This tour was fantastic. We had an...
Lindav12349, Oct 2017
Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Day Trip
This tour was fantastic. We had an older guy for a guide but he was good. The meal that I had at the Maya Inn, when we went to the market, was by far the best meal I had all over Central America. The market was impressive, with thousands of indigenous folk selling all kinds of beautiful vegetables and fruits. It was really impressive. This tour was really well devised.
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We had Andrew for a guide. He was...
Benson G, Jan 2018
Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua
We had Andrew for a guide. He was able to converse in Spanish and English which was necessary for our group. We visited the Chichicastenango market for an hour plus or minus my guess - it was so interesting that I didn't keep track of the time. Andrew told us about the history of the market and the two churches near the market - very knowledgeable. Gave us time to look and negotiate with the vendors. We had a late lunch at the Lake and had the option to walk down to the lake. On the way back, we took a quick drive through Panajachel. The driver, Jose, had excellent driving skills which were necessary on the InterAmerican Highway. We saw lots of villages and Andrew always had an answer to our questions.About 6 hours total driving time from Antigua and probably a couple more from Guatemala City. The total time for our trip was about 10 hours from Antigua to Antigua.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Chichicastenango’s nights can get chilly, and rain is likely—take a jacket or sweater.

  • Gentle bargaining is expected at the market.

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How to Get There

Located roughly 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Guatemala City, Chichicastenango is reachable by regular buses and shuttles running from Antigua and Guatemala City.

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When to Get There

Go to Chichicastenango on a Thursday or Sunday to catch the local indigenous market that draws communities from all over the region and travelers from all over the world. As it’s in the highlands, Chichicastenango enjoys pleasant spring-like weather year-round, with little variation. The warmest season is from May to August, and the driest months are October through December.

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Saint Thomas Church

Saint Thomas Church dominates Chichicastenango’s main square. Built atop a Maya temple more than 450 years ago—mainly by Maya artisans indentured by Dominican priests—the church features Maya symbolism throughout. (For example, each of the 18 stairs leading to the entrance represents one month of the Maya year.) Nowadays, both Catholic and Maya priests share the interior to perform ceremonies and sacred rituals. Use the side entrance to enter, as the front is reserved for locals.

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