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ChiChi Market

btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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Type: Flea/ Street Markets, Shopping
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Thursdays and Sundays, this mountain village is transformed into the world's largest handicrafts market, where you'll find pottery, colorful textiles, carved wooden masks, flowers, incense and other Mayan goods for sale.
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Carmel, Indiana, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We visited on a Sunday when it is busier. My friend was looking for jewelry and textiles. As our tour van dropped us off, he asked if we would like to hire a guide. We paid $30 for 3hrs. He spoke very good English and knew exactly where the best vendors were as well as clean bathrooms to use. He... More

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Manawa, wi
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the market on a Sunday, the busiest days to go are on Thursday and Sunday, and the place was packed. There is color and activity everywhere, almost too much to take in at once, but definitely worth seeing. If you love to shop this is the place to be, if you love to people watch, this is also... More

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Berkeley, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 via mobile

Did a road trip through Guatemala and came for the Thursday market. I have been to many market towns in many countries and was almost overwhelmed by the wall-to-wall vendors and throngs of day-tripping tourists who arrive by the bus load with multiple cameras hanging around their necks. You can barely see any of the buildings because of all the... More

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San Clemente, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We arrived at the Sunday market at 11am. The town and market were so crowded we could barely escape our minibus on the street. The vendors are very aggressive, just walk away. We would offer 1/3 of their asking price and settle for 1/2. We did better shopping around Lake Atitlan. Not sure I would ever go back.

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150 reviews 150 reviews
37 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It is well worth visiting the ChiChi market particularly en route to lake Atitlan. There are hundreds of kiosks where the local people sell various handmade items. The market is jointly aimed at the local population and visiting tourists. There are several people selling various indigenous medicinal products, one woman even was handling a snake to get people to gather... More

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Palm Springs, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I always enjoy arriving in Chichi the day before market day, and leaving the day after. This allows you to see all the hustle and bustle of the venders arriving and setting up their stands. If you arrive on a tour, you'll only spend 2 or so hours there. While that's probably enough for most market visits, this market has... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Chichi was definitely bustling on the Thursday we went to the market, but I could help feeling throughout that I enjoyed my shopping much more in Panajachel. The prices in Chichi were much higher and the vendors were much less willing to negotiate. One factor you could not get was the live chickens and pigs being sold at the market.... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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230 reviews 230 reviews
22 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

any posts are seemingly endless so best to be brief: We visited the market as part of a tour (140Qtz) which took us from San Pedro at 7:30 and dropped us into Antigua by 4:30pm, with 4 hours of market time in between. This is one of the largest markets in Central America but it's target market is now tourists.... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
57 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Chi Chi is a travel destination that is a must see in Guatemala. A poor town with cobblestone streets filled with mud after a rain. The vendors are numerous an Thursdays and Sundays. Must see vegetable market, incredible cemetery, San Tomas Church and the people. BUT if you buy, select vendors on the side streets. The loud vendors in the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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297 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Chichicastenango is pricey. This also goes for the common times sold at the market. I nought a similar scarf at Flores for 40Q and the chichi market vendor opened his first price at 150Q. I smiled and walked and he immediately dropped to 70Q without even me asking or showing any interest. Why bother starting so high in the first... More

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