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Mercado de Chichicastenango

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Mercado de Chichicastenango

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11-Day Mayan Ruins Tour: Guatemala and Copán

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Experience the magnificence of Guatemala’s Mayan ruins on an 11-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Be seduced by the dramatic landscapes of the Western Highlands as you visit San Tomas Church and discover the history behind Iximche, Guatemala’s first capital. Marvel at the natural splendor of Lake Atitlan; cross the border to Honduras to see the UNESCO-listed Copan archaeological site; and travel to the Caribbean Coast to absorb the ancient majesty of Tikal and Yaxha. Enjoy 10 nights of comfortable accommodation, meals indicated by the itinerary and transportation by air-conditioned minivan.
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maritimeexplorer wrote a review May 2020
Nova Scotia, Canada3,324 contributions1,078 helpful votes
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It is the largest market in Central America and is a tourist attraction, but most definitely not a tourist market. The population of Chichicastenango and surrounding area is overwhelmingly K'iche' Mayan and the products offered for sale are almost all primarily for the locals. The market spreads over a number of blocks and includes indoor and outdoor elements. It appears to be at the highest point in the town with the result that everything needs to be hauled up here, much of it by human foot power. I am amazed at the size of the loads that the people, mostly women, are carrying on their backs. There are many aspects to the market including poultry, limestone for making tortillas, textiles, flowers, vegetables, musical instruments, pottery, hot food - you name it. You will feel like a giant in this land of the smallest people on Earth. The best thing is just to look at the photos and hope to get there someday.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Doug H wrote a review Mar 2020
Loveland, Colorado36 contributions3 helpful votes
We are just back from a week long service project in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Our first day was market day so we walked the streets lined with local vendors and took in all the color and energy the market is famous for. We found the Mayan people, and the Guatemalan people in general, to be friendly and hard-working! It was an experience we will long remember!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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colonial wrote a review Jan 2020
County Galway, Ireland167 contributions206 helpful votes
There is N question that this market is the best in the Americas BY FAR. Nowhere else in the Americas are the textiles so fine and with embroidery on top. NOWHERE else can you buy a beautiful textile for 13 usd and sell it for 500 plus usd. NOWHERE. This market is insane. It is awesome and warning: addictive. If you love gorgeous jeweler7y , fine wood carvings and most especially textiles, this is THE ONLY market in the AMericas for you. You will not find a better textile market anywhere in the Americas, you have to go to Asia. The vendors can be pests but if you know where the bargains are; you are set. Find a local and ask where you can find huipiles cheap and you'll find a gold mine.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Rebecca H wrote a review Dec 2019
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Yes, the market can be crazy, crowded, chaotic but it is also colorful, chaotic, crazy and typically Central American. Yes, you need to be aware, cautious and patient since you will be followed around and pestered by the vendors. Keep your purse/wallet/bag close to you. A young local Mayan woman literally walked with me the entire time in the market. In between visiting booths, she tried to sell me her wares. In the end, I did purchase a textile from her. That aside, the market has a combination of textiles, pottery, food and souvenirs for sale. I visited on a Thursday because I had read that Sundays are really crazy and I knew that the churches on the premises would not be available to tour during services. On the periphery of the market, animals are for sale. I ate at local restaurant recommended to me; not sure I would indulge in the food served at the market because of the poor water quality in the entire country. I didn’t see rats in the stalls like I did in the markets of Ho Chi Minh City which was a good thing. Weekly markets provide a peek into the real lives of the local folk. Don’t go if you want a clean, commercialized version of a market.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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PandaHouston wrote a review Dec 2019
Houston, Texas5,464 contributions937 helpful votes
We came to Chichicastenango on a Sunday - one of the 2 days of the week they hold a market. The other day is Thursday. From Guatemala City, we joined a day tour with Gray Line tours and paid $52 per person for the tour. We left before 7 am and by the time we arrived in Chichicastenango, it was 10 am. The market was well under way. They sell clothes and fruits and vegetables. It is very crowded. We were literally walking and saw someone next to us get his wallet stolen by a pick pocket after he was squeezed by a couple of men. It was so crowded he couldn't figure out who stole his wallet. Also, be prepared for people to follow you to sell you all types of things. They will literally follow you from one end of the market to the other. We had lunch here and spent around 3 hours here including lunch. I would rate this market as average because it was so crowded and you are constantly being followed to purchase things and have to be really careful of your surroundings. It definitely does not make for a pleasant experience.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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