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This ancient and sacred shrine is lavished with offerings of food, candles and the occasional live chicken. It is hoped that these gifts, accompanied by prayer, will bring prosperity and good luck.
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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Reviewed February 5, 2019

The trail up to see the idol has numerous switchbacks -- in the end, my guide cut me a staff to use so I wouldn't slide on the steep parts. There were no ceremonies tsaking place at the time I visited, but their were clear...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank James P
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

The cemetery has the same but is more interesting. When i went there was just dead flowers from a few days ago

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

There are two entrees to access the mountain. I took the second one and found out that it’s pretty much the same. If you take the second one you will be guided to a patio and then the people that live in the house will...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

By chance we did a ceremony at this place and we were positively surprised. Usually we are not the most spiritual people but open to other cultures. This here was a nice experience. The lady who lead the ceremony was lovely and proceeded with the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

Much as described in guide books. If you have the time - we did - it's a nice walk out of town. To get up to the cult site, you need to be in shape for stiff 10 minute climb

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed May 17, 2017 via mobile

Easy to walk up when it's not wet. The view is beautiful at the top. You can see the cemetery in all its colourful splendour. There wasn't a ceremony going on when we were there but it is very interesting to see. If you don't...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed July 18, 2016

This was our second visit to the Pascual Abaj. Through the Pascual Abaj Museum we arranged for a spiritual leader to conduct a traditional Mayan ceremony for us. Through the explanation of each step of the ceremony we were better able to understand the beliefs...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 5, 2016

Pascual Abaj is an important local shrine. The hike up there is a bit steep, but short. If you go early enough (6am-ish), you can witness ceremonies.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed June 16, 2016

Both the overlook as well as the ritual site are worth every step up the slight incline. The walk from the center of the town is a nice one. A local came out and told us about the stone we found there and the sort...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank lilancs
Reviewed March 7, 2016

The walk up the hill is nice. Also the ceremonies you can see at the top are nice and serene. When you are walking up the hill you have a nice view over the village and the cemetry. It just takes you 30min, so it's...More

Date of experience: March 2016
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