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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

High on my list of Must Do's while I was in Guatemala was to visit the market in Chichicastenango. I have a deep love for these markets--more for the interaction with the locals than the products being sold. The day I was in Chichicastenango (which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Michelle Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t miss spending a couple of hours here on a Thursday or Sunday! This market is alive and it’s not just for tourists! People come from adjacent towns to buy and sell food, flowers, medicine, candles, textiles, crafts etc! You name it, they have it!...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EstefBB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our day at Chichi market! A few hours strolling all the streets and nooks provides you with a great experience of a market that is used by locals more than tourists.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TheRealSimonSays
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chichicastenango, also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, is a town in the Guatemalan mountains. Travel to this town would take about 4 hours from Guatemala City through hairpin turns up in the Guatemalan highlands.Joining a tour to this town normally takes a whole day and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank betty l
Reviewed December 1, 2018

One of those flee markets if you go, you are not 100% satisfied, and if you miss, you will forever think about it and feel bad. We went there with high hopes and came back with little disappointment. Don't get me wrong, it's a great...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank aph1985
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Make sure you know when the big market is. I believe thursdays and sundays. I was impressed with all the options in the open market. from what i found there was only a very expensive hotel and a vey cheap hostel that didnt seem all...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Darby B
Reviewed October 18, 2018

This is a brilliant market and well worth the trip. The locals are super friendly and it felt really safe. There's a good range of local products, huipal-weaved items and some beautiful gift ideas - and most of it is pretty good quality, but you...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Make sure you arrive Saturday night, I suggest to stay at the Hotel Museo Mayan Inn. Hire a local tour guide that can take you around and give you the history of the town. A must is to attend mass at the church. It starts...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Miabea
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

This is my personal opinion, i did not like it at all , so overwhelming with these people trying to sell the products , which I understand that’s their job , they follow you everywhere until you buy something from them , it was so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tyty1110
Reviewed September 16, 2018

What a fantastic place, but not for the faint-hearted. This is a great place for some people, but if you don't like crowds or bargaining, you may wish to enjoy someone else's photos instead. It could easily be too much for some. I was fine...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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MyrnaJ4
January 6, 2018|
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Response from rachelina | Reviewed this property |
If this is your first time at the lake, the boat tour to the towns could take half a day. The ride to the Chichicastenango market is too long, and the visit to the market could take two hours! and then to the airport there... More
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qantas107
December 11, 2017|
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Sorry, cant answer. You’ll have to ask locally!
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Duncan M
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Wapikianimoosh | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I can't answer your question. My guess is that it would be open.....they really do love their markets.
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paindoc770
New York, NY
Please review first time itinerary and comment/add/help. Tks (3 Replies)
OK. Here we go. We are a family of 10, ranging from grandparents 75/73 to 6 kids 4-15, who are heading to Panama for in early Feb for 10 days. We like the beach/relaxing, but also want to have some adventure and non-typical tourist things to do. I will outline my itinerary, and I ask that those with knowledge help me fix any problems and add any information/activities that you think would make this trip even more AWESOME! Day 1 - Thursday - arrive Panama City mid afternoon. Rent 15 pass...More
January 06, 2016|
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Some suggestions: DAY 1 (and all the others) -- avoid driving at night, especially in the interior. Even on the Autopista, it's not a safe thing to do. It gets very dark very quickly by about 6:30 PM. Plan your trips accordingly. Stock up on groceries, etc. at Coronado -- about an hour out of the city, very near San Carlos. There is an El Rey and a Super 99 on your left at the main intersection. DAYS 2 and 3 - Forget snorkeling. There is nothing to see but sand and only then when...More
A L
Baltimore, Maryland
City Sight seeing - Taxi/guide recommendations? (9 Replies)
Hi! Spending 2 days in Panama City in August. Had initially planned on using the City Sightseeing Company hop on/hop off bus to take a loop around and do a few stops, (Miraflores, Amador, and some stuff around Mercado de Artesanias) but read the horrible reviews and changed our mind, as we don't want to be stuck baking in the hot sun waiting for a bus that never shows up. Does anyone have any recommendations for a taxi driver to hire as a "guide" for the day? Traveling with a toddler so...More
July 26, 2015|
Response fromA L|
I did see some previous posts on this topic, but nothing recent. Thanks for any info you can provide!
Tom S
Tampa, Florida
Ten hour layover (5 Replies)
I will be arriving PTY airport around 8 AM in mid-January. After reading many posts, I have decided to take a cab to Casco Viejo, walk around for a while and then go to the Mercado de Marisco for lunch. I am thinking about walking the Cinta Costera to the seafood market. Would that be a good idea? Or, are there local buses from Casco Viejo to the seafood market. On the map it doesn't look like much more than a quarter mile? After lunch, back to the airport for a 6:30 PM flight. How would I...More
December 21, 2013|
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Hi friend But this travel.its better you take a xontac before.and go.with you at casco.viejo, fish market(delicius food) and then go to airport, explain for tha reason....in Panama the trafic its horrible, and you think a time but the realiry ia another one... If you want to stay on airport at 630pm you must be take a cab or going to the center 4pm...not after... Think good your plain, and write me. Bye friend