Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market And Lake Atitlan From Antigua

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


You will be pick up in your hotel to start a journey to the Guatemalan highlands to appreciate the colorful market of Chichicastenango, their culture, syncretism, traditions and customs. You'll appreciate the variety of handicrafts and textiles, while also observe their customs. Also we visit the colorful cementery of Chichicastenango.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Fully narrated tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gray Line, Antigua, Sacatepequez Department

You will be picked up at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala and transfer to Chichicastenango

Stop At: Mercado de Chichicastenango, Chichicastenango, El Quiche Department

Upon our arrival at the market we will start our walking tour inside the market. It is the center of the city and at the heart of commercial life of "maxeos" (name given to the indigenous people of Chichicastenango, derived from Max which means Toms in the Quich language). The merchants descend every Thursday and Sunday to the central square to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries.
We will observe the colorful handicrafts and handmade by local inhabitants of the regin also you can see various merchandise, such as clay crafts, typical textiles, fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood, flowers and the regional costumes of the place.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango, El Quiche Department

We are also going to visit Santo Toms Church, built in 1540 on the basis of a pre-Hispanic archaeological temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, as the Mayan and Latin influence mixes both inside and outside of the church over time.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cementerio De Chichicastenango

We visit the Cemetery, the Graves are often painted in the favourite colour of the deceased, while shamans can be seen burning incense, candles and in special cases, chickens, in offerings to the gods. The colors themselves are steeped in symbolismwhite represents purity, turquoise is for protection, yellow represents the suns life force, and others pay homage to the favorite color of the deceased.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Mercado de Chichicastenango, Chichicastenango, El Quiche Department

We will also appreciate a morera where the elaboration of Moorish costumes and masks that are used in traditional dances are hand-made by local people.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Gray Line, Antigua, Sacatepequez Department

At the end of our tour we return to Antigua Guatemala.


Private tour

Bottled water


Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Please Note

During holy week ( April 17 21, 2019) we do not pick up on hotels, you will be request to move to our meeting point where we will pick up you. Please be ready on the meeting 15 minutes prior the start time of the tour.

Our meeting point is:

Casa Santo Domingo Hotel

Soleil Hotel

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 05-Nov-2015

    Emilio was the best guide. Without him, it may not have been as enjoyable. Warning: the market day may not be for everyone. Emilio helped us enjoy this intriguing place through his knowledge and enthusiasm about his culture and Guate's fascinating history. Thank you for working with great guides!