Although Chichicastenango is not located in Guatemala City – it’s a two-plus hour drive – it is well worth a visit.

This indigenous town is known for its market, which is held on Thursdays and Sundays. The largest market in Central America, here vendors sell colorful items like handmade pottery, medicinal plants, traditional incense, cal for preparing tortillas, machetes, flowers, food and more. People can also purchase traditional clothing, masks and other items that pay homage to the area’s culture.

Aside from the market, there are historical sites to explore, too. Next to the market is a 400-year-old church, Santo Tomas, which is built atop a pre-Columbian temple platform. There is also the Cofradia of Pascual Abaj, an ancient carved stone where Maya priests perform rituals.

Practical Info

The town is located nearby Lake Atitlán, making it a perfect stopping point en route to the lake or back to Guatemala City.The town is located nearby Lake Atitlán, making it a perfect stopping point en route to the lake or back to Guatemala City.The town is located nearby Lake Atitlán, making it a perfect stopping point en route to the lake or back to Guatemala City.

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