Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market And Lake Atitlan From Guatemala City

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • 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.

Overview

Depart from Guatemala city to visit Chichicastenango Maya Market to witness ancient Indian rituals at the Santo Tomas Church and to enjoy the picturesque outdoor market, where locals from the region gather to buy and sell fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, animals, textiles and handicrafts.

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Gray line guatemala, Guatemala city, Guatemala Department

You will be picked up at your hotel in Guatemala city and transfer to Chichicastenango, sometimes your transfer will be via Antigua guatemala

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: 1 hour 45 minutes

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

Continue to 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: Chichicastenango Market

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 guatemala, Guatemala city, Guatemala Department

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


Inclusions

Bottled water

Driver/guide

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private vehicle

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Operated by a multi-lingual guide

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

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