Santo Tomas Church Tours

Built during the 1540s upon the ancient foundation of a Maya temple site, this Roman Catholic church in Chichicastenango, Guatemala remains a venerated holy site for people of both Catholic and Maya faiths and blends of the two. The stone stairs leading to the gleaming white Dominican church are reminiscent of those at ancient temple sites, and the steps have turned black from prayer sessions in which shamans waft copal incense and set purification fires. Inside, the church is adorned with offerings, everything from maize to liquor, and numerous candles, which have colors and patterns that correspond with those they've been lit for.

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Santo Tomas Church sits on the main marketplace of Chichicastenango, a town that has retained much of its indigenous culture from the pre-Colombian era. The marketplace is a must-see hive of food, icons and multi-colored handcrafts.
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Address: East side of the central plaza, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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8-Day Best of Guatemala Tour: Antigua, Pacaya Volcano, Lake Atitlan and Tikal Ruins

Experience Guatemala’s top attractions, marveling at its stunning natural beauty and exploring its fascinating ancient history, on this 8-day tour. Discover the colonial architecture of charming Antigua before chilling out along the stunning shores of Lake Atitlán and its idyllic villages. Then dive into ancient Mayan history at the ruins of Tikal and Yaxha before capping the trip off with a hike to the summit of the country’s Pacaya Volcano. This all-inclusive tour also includes 7 nights of accommodation, transport between all sites by private vehicle, entrance fees and meals as per the itinerary.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

Explore the colorful towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenago on this exciting day trip from Guatemala City, complete with round-trip hotel service. You’ll wander through open-air markets and comb through the unique handmade goods Guatemala is famous for on this popular day trip. Visit the Church of Santo Tomas and Calvary Church in Chichiscastenango’s central plaza with your expert local guide, and make your way to the lakeside town of Panajachel, where you’ll navigate the Santander Street towards incredible views of Lake Atitlan and check out handcrafted leather goods, pottery and fabrics along the way.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Day Trip

On your own, it’s difficult to squeeze the the Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan into a single day, but this guided tour makes it a breeze by handling all the transportation logistics from Guatemala City. Plus, going with a guide keeps you from getting lost in the crowds of one of the largest open-air markets in Central America and provides tons of insight into the rich cultures around Lake Atitlan.
  • Duration: 1 day
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US$62,50
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during this full-day visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Antigua. Start by checking out the colonial architecture and sprawling market of Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, food and machetes. You’ll then have a chance to explore the picturesque town of Panjachel on the volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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6-Day Tour: Traditional Guatemala Including Antigua, Chichicastenango Market, Lake Atitlan and Tikal

Cover the top highlights of Guatemala, including Mayan ruins, colonial towns, towering volcanoes and indigenous villages, during this 6-day, 5-night trip. During this Guatemalan adventure you’ll walk the charming cobblestoned streets of Antigua and admire the stunning volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. You’ll also get a taste of the bustling markets and rich indigenous culture of cities like Chichicastenango, and explore the amazing Mayan city of Tikal. Your Guatemalan adventure includes accommodations, meals, a guide and coach transport.
  • Duration: 6 days
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Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua

Get a taste for the sublime scenery and fascinating indigenous markets of Guatemala during this day trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua. Check out the highland town of Chichicastenango, home to a community of indigenous residents, a colorful market and local shamans performing ancient Mayan rituals. You’ll then explore the shores of Lake Atitlan, a one-of-a-kind lake ringed by a collection of magnificent volcanoes. This Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan day trip includes a guide and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City

Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during this 12-hour visit to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City. Start by checking out the colonial architecture and sprawling market of Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, food and machetes. You’ll then have a chance to explore the picturesque town of Panjachel on the volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. Your Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a guide, optional lunch upgrade and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Antigua

Journey from Antigua to explore the fascinating market at Chichicastenango plus the town of Panjachel, along the shores of Lake Atitlán, on this 9-hour day trip. Take time to browse the ceramics and woodcrafts at the famous open-air market of Chichicastenango before visiting the city’s religious structures, Iglesia de Santo Tomas and Calvary Church. Then head to Panjachel, where you’ll take in views of Lake Atitlán as you explore the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Your trip also includes a guide and round-trip transportation from your hotel in Antigua.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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4-Day Tour: Guatemala City, Antigua, Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan

Cover some of the top highlights of Guatemala, including colonial towns, towering volcanoes and indigenous villages, during this 4-day, 3-night trip. During this Guatemalan adventure you’ll walk the charming cobblestoned streets of Antigua and admire the stunning volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. You’ll also get a taste for the bustling markets and rich indigenous culture found in cities like Chichicastenango. Your Guatemalan adventure includes accommodations, meals, a guide and coach transport.
  • Duration: 4 days
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  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City

Discover the lively highland culture and beautiful scenery of Guatemala during this 10-hour private trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City. Start by exploring the picturesque town of Panjachel on the volcano-rimmed shores of Lake Atitlan. Then check out the colonial architecture and sprawling market of Chichicastenango, where vendors hawk everything from colorful handicrafts to candles, food and machetes. This private Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan trip includes a private guide and vehicle plus round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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