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

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

Visit the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango on this day trip from Antigua. In Chichiscastenango, discover its main attraction, the local open-air market, where you can browse wood products, ceramics and more. You’ll also see the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas) and the Calvary Church, located in the main plaza. Then, head to the town of Panajachel, where you'll stroll with your guide along Santander Street, the town’s street, and admire spectacular views Lago de Atitlán (Atitlan Lake).


  • Day trip to Panajachel and Chichicastenango from Antigua
  • Visit the town of Chichicastenango and shop for beautiful goods at its open-air market
  • Stroll down Santander Street in Panajachel and learn about the town’s history from your local guide
  • Admire stunning views of Lago de Atitlán
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and all entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

Chichicastenago Market

Discover the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango on this 9-hour day trip from Antigua. After pickup from your Antigua hotel, your tour begins as you head northwest to Chichicastenango. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you walk through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the main town plaza, visit the famous Chichicastenango open-air market, filled with locally made products like ceramic pots, wood carvings and handmade goods, as well as fruits and vegetables. Browse the local wares and pick up a souvenir or two to take home!

While you’re in the plaza, visit the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas), located on the east side of the plaza. Dating back to 1540, the church is often home to Mayan rituals. Then, visit Calvary Church, a smaller version of Iglesia Santo Tomas located on the west side of the plaza.

After exploring Chichicastenango for a few hours, continue your day trip to Panajachel, a small town located on the northeast shore of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlan). Known as a hub for traveling across Lago de Atitlán, Panajachel is a quaint, charming town where you'll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading over to visit the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Walk along the street with your guide and observe town life going on at the locally made handicraft stalls, other shops and restaurants. Admire beautiful views of Lago de Atitlán from the shores of Panajachel before heading back to Antigua.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We really enjoyed this tour the driver gave us lots of information about the region and the markets and plenty of time to explore and have lunch at our leisure, recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Our guide Michelangelo was VERY knowledgeable and an absolute delight to spend the day with. He took great care of us, taught us a lot about the area, and left us wanting to book a longer stay at Lake Atitlan.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a wonderful day with Mike our tour guide. He took us to Chichicastenago first where we toured the town and the large market on a Sunday. Mike lead us through the very large crowded market and gave us a few tips on what items should sell for. Then he gave us some time to shop. Next we went to Panajachel for a late lunch and had fresh black sea bass. Then we explored the town, and went back to Antiqua with our treasures from the markets. Mike was an excellent guide with extensive knowledge of Guatamala and was an excellent driver.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

It's a 3 hr drive to the towns. The roads are windy and long, if you get car sick

Liani S
United States of America

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

It's a beautiful lake to visit. I recommend to visit during off season because you can enjoy a walk by the lake peacefully. But if you're members of younger crowds, perhaps July - August visit fits you better.

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