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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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Immerse yourself in Guatemala’s fascinating history and beautiful scenery on this 8-day tour. See some of Guatemala’s best-known destinations as you take a ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,355.99

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango on this day trip from Antigua. In Chichiscastenango, discover its main attraction, the local open-air ...  Read more

Location: Antigua, Guatemala
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

2-Day Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour from Guatemala City or Antigua

The trip consists of a visit to the open market of Chichicastenango on the first day. On the second day you will be visiting Panajachel and Lake Atitlan on a ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $244.00

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Take a day trip from Guatemala City to the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango. In Chichiscastenango, discover the star attraction, the local open-air ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

Departing from Antigua to the Western highlands of Guatemala, this full-day private tour will first take you to Lake Atitlan. Here you will enjoy the view at ...  Read more

Location: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City

Depart from Guatemala City to visit Chichicastenango Maya Market to witness ancient Indian rituals at the Santo Tomas Church and to enjoy the picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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