Chichicastenango And Panajachel Day Trip From Antigua

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    07:30 AM
  • Return Details :
    -Pick up at around 7:30am: exact pick up time will be reconfirmed by the supplier. Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenango on this day trip from Antigua. In Chichiscastenango, discover its main attraction, the local open-air market, where you can browse wood products, ceramics and more. Youll also see the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas) and the Calvary Church, located in the main plaza. Then, head to the town of Panajachel, where you'll stroll with your guide along Santander Street, the towns street, and admire spectacular views Lago de Atitln (Atitlan Lake).

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After pickup from your Antigua hotel, your tour begins as you head northwest to Chichicastenango. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you walk through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the main town plaza, visit the famous Chichicastenango open-air market, filled with locally made products like ceramic pots, wood carvings and handmade goods, as well as fruits and vegetables. Browse the local wares and pick up a souvenir or two to take home!
While you’re in the plaza, visit the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas), located on the east side of the plaza. Dating back to 1540, the church is often home to Mayan rituals.
After exploring Chichicastenango for a few hours, continue your day trip to Panajachel, a small town located on the northeast shore of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlan). Panajachel is a quaint, charming town where you'll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading over to visit the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Walk along the street with your guide and observe town life going on at the locally made handicraft stalls, other shops and restaurants.
Admire beautiful views of Lago de Atitlán from the shores of Panajachel before heading back to Antigua.

Itinerary:


After pickup from your Antigua hotel, your tour begins as you head northwest to Chichicastenango. You'll feel like you've stepped back in time as you walk through the town’s narrow cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the main town plaza, visit the famous Chichicastenango open-air market, filled with locally made products like ceramic pots, wood carvings and handmade goods, as well as fruits and vegetables. Browse the local wares and pick up a souvenir or two to take home!
While you’re in the plaza, visit the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas), located on the east side of the plaza. Dating back to 1540, the church is often home to Mayan rituals.
After exploring Chichicastenango for a few hours, continue your day trip to Panajachel, a small town located on the northeast shore of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlan). Panajachel is a quaint, charming town where you'll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading over to visit the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Walk along the street with your guide and observe town life going on at the locally made handicraft stalls, other shops and restaurants.
Admire beautiful views of Lago de Atitlán from the shores of Panajachel before heading back to Antigua.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Infants are required to sit on an adults lap

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Traveler Reviews

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  • 23-Aug-2023

    The Chichicastenango market was so colorful and exciting. It was the perfect amount of time to explore and shop. My guide, Gustavo, was very knowledgable and friendly.

  • 17-Aug-2023

    This tour was not great as we were in a personal car that was overloaded and we had to sit in the luggage area with no clearance, no views, and could not hear anything. Overall a terrible experience with this company. They did not show up at our hotel, we had to chase them down and then they showed up very late, jammed us in a small space, we had neck injuries from hitting the roof with our head repeatedly. The guide was not really a guide at all and offered very little information and was impossible to hear him in the car. Overall was just a bad experience since the majority of the tour is spend in a car driving.. I would suggest picking a different tour company for this activity and be sure the guides are certified, trained, knowledgeable, and ask about what kind of vehicle you will be riding in.

  • 14-Aug-2023

    This was by far the worst tour that I have ever done. I feel like we only had a driver that threw out a few random "facts" here and there opposed to an actual guide. We quickly drove by sites and up the street. Most time was spent in the car and not as described in the allotted time. There was nothing fun about this tour and I actually ended up falling asleep in the car due to boredom. I wouldn't recommend this tour to anyone. It was a complete waste of time and money. I left feeling highly disappointed and bamboozled.

  • 06-Aug-2023

    Chichicastenango is an amazing cultural site with a colorful market they will leave you mesmerized. However, we weren’t able to enjoy our tour as intended. Our guide rushed us all the way we spent more time on the road the actually enjoying Chichicastenango. In Panajachel we spent less than a hour taking lunch and our guide gave us 20 minutes just to take a picture and drive back to Antigua. Our guide mentioned that they were having issues with the van and he wanted to go back to Antigua to avoid being on the road at dark. However, when you travel to another country to enjoy of their culture and amazing sites, you really need time to enjoy it and not just stop for a picture. We also received little facts from our guide during the long drive.

  • 28-Feb-2023

    From the moment of arrival Jose y Jose were early, patient and communicative. The picked my sister and I from our hotel, and from the moment we hit the road it was a warm welcoming ride; Jose (the younger one) was the English guide. He allowed everyone to introduce themselves and then gave fun facts about Antigua and our destinations. The other Jose (the slightly older one and our driver) was such an amazing driver!! He knew all the off-road pit stops to see the best views of Antigua, Chichi and Pana. He was soo patient with all of us (it was myself, my sister, and 2 women from Canada). He also knew a lot of the history of Chi & Pana. The two of them as guides was an amazing experience. I got the best photos!

  • 21-Oct-2022

    Notre guide, Gustavo, était très sympathique, très à l'écoute et très compétent. Nous étions très contents de notre journée.

  • 25-Apr-2022

    Unexpectedly had a private tour and had a wonderful day. The drive from Antigua is quite long but very scenic! Learned loads about the local culture. Would 100% recommend this trip! Very grateful for my guide Luis Pedro who was wonderful.

  • 11-Apr-2022

    Even though it's a long ride from Antigua.... you owe it to yourself ( if time permits) to explore some of the amazing places also in Guatemala. The town of Chichicastenango is an overwhelming and colorful experience not to be missed! Panajachel is a laid back town along Lake Atitlan. Well worth it!

  • 20-Jan-2022

    Our driver was amazing - shared with us a lot about Guatemala (first time in the country) and took us to a lovely Mayan restaurant for locals to eat authentic local food. When we got to Chichi, it was unfortunately not what we expected. By that, I meant the market not the church. The church was worth going but the market was inundated with locals trying to sell you overpriced products. Unlike other markets, they literally follow you. I had a woman and girl follow me for 45 minutes! My friend had a boy no older than 8 following her and trying to sell her things from his bags for 6 blocks. Just when you thought they finally gave up, they pop back out. Tourist trap.

  • 16-Nov-2021

    My friend and I really enjoyed this activity. Our guide Carmen was really cool and full of knowledge. I would definitely book this tour again. I learned a lot, saw a lot, and I didn’t feel like a tourist (lol). The market was much more crowded than I expected, but that was a part of the authentic experience I was hoping for. My only regret is not stopping to buy mementos.

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