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“Hassled non stop”

Mercado de Chichicastenango
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Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Very colorful place but honestly my husband and I could not take more then 10 steps without someone asking us to buy a piece of cloth or jewelry, ect. No gracis, did not get them to stop. One boy wanted to shine my husbands sandles for 10 minutes. After 2 hours we were exhausted, we slipped into Hotel Santo Tomas and had lunch - it is an oasis and the food was good. The Church was interesting too. Sorry we made the trip to Chi Chi.

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"chichi market"
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"for sale"
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"be careful"
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"guatemala city"
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"local market"
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stopped at ChiChi on our way from LAke Atitlan to Guate, was a must see and do but things have changed a lot in the last years. The market is now surrounded by new building developments and the lovely red roofs mentioned in older forums/travel books cannot be seen. Still - we felt the old 'magic' just sitting on the church steps and watching the world go by - crafts and textiles are much more expenisve than at other places/markets, people are very pushy - so just take it all in from the side and buy elsewhere. Walk to the far end towards the colourful cemetary and watch the old men selling natural remedies - you might find fox bladder if you have a hernia or a tree root for hair growth...!!

2  Thank austriannomad
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

A mix of traditional local market with food and supplies, and tourist market with handicrafts. A fascinating melange of colors, fabrics, peoples, and crafts. Embrace the bargaining. Start with half of the asking price. About 70% of the price is right. Beautiful handwoven textiles at great prices. Go early to avoid the tour buses. Visit the Mayan church. Great way to spend a few hours.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Not sure why this place gets so much attention. It is an over- crowded mass of locals and tourists that take over several blocks of narrow mazes of make-shift/permanent stalls. The various crafts & textiles sold here can be found elsewhere in Guatemala for comparable prices. Don't worry if this stop doesn't fit into your itinerary as you haven't missed much.

5  Thank 7469moog
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Be sure to go to this market on one of the "big" days, Sunday and Thursday (I believe). We went on a Sunday and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the busy market. There are sections of the market that most tourists won't be interested in, meats/vegetables. If you've never been to a foreign market before, be prepared to see meat laying out in the sun and the odor that comes along with that.
The market is right beside Santo Tomas. Visitors are asked to enter the church from a side entrance rather than walking up the main stairs. Additionally, they request no photos inside the church.
Be sure to allow your self time to visit this beautiful church and go to the cemetery on the other side of the market. If you're lucky, you'll be able to witness a Mayan ritual/sacrifice in the cemetery.

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