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Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlán Tour from Antigua

by Gray Line Guatemala
per adult Price is $65
Duration: 12h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Guided tour of the Chichicastenango Market & Panajachel

  • Visit the Colorful Market of Chichicastenango

  • Exploration of Iglesia de Santo Tomás, church built in 1540

  • Panoramic view of Lake Atitlán and its landscape

  • Appreciate the mayan culture, its daily life and syncretism

Highlights

  • Guided tour of the Chichicastenango Market & Panajachel

  • Visit the Colorful Market of Chichicastenango

  • Exploration of Iglesia de Santo Tomás, church built in 1540

  • Panoramic view of Lake Atitlán and its landscape

  • Appreciate the mayan culture, its daily life and syncretism

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7:30 AM, Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlán Tour from Antigua in English

Duration 12h

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Total price is $65, taxes included

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Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlán Tour from Antigua

Activity Location

Meeting Point

4 2a Calle Oriente

Antigua Guatemala

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Gray Line Antigua Guatemala office

    4 2a Calle Oriente

    Antigua Guatemala

  • Hotel Meson del Valle

    11c 5 Avenida Sur

    Antigua Guatemala

  • Hotel Los Pasos

    19 9 Calle Oriente

    Antigua Guatemala


Description

Excursion to the Chichicastenango Market, considered one of the largest and most colorful markets in Latin America with a panoramic view of Lake Atitlán.

You will be picked up and transfer to Chichicastenango. We will go to the west of the country where most of the indigenous villages of Guatemala are concentrated. On the way to our destination we will start in a wooded area surrounded by pine trees and other tree species continuing our journey we will see a valley where a variety of vegetables are grown, as well as fruits and vegetables grown by local people.

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 “maxeños” (name given to the indigenous people of Chichicastenango, derived from Max which means Tomás in the Quiché 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 región 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.

We are also going to visit Santo Tomás 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. After exploring the market you can enjoy a delicious lunch (not included, but you can add it on optionals for additional cost)

At the end of our walk we will continue to the town of Panajachel, which is located on Lake Atitlan. We will visit Calle Santander and enjoy a spectacular view of the lake which is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form the natural framework of the lake itself. Time to take pictures.

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


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Chichicastenango and Panajachel

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Antigua hotel

  • Bilingual guide Spanish and English

  • Optional Lunch for extra cost


Exclusions

  • Beverages

  • Gratuities

  • Optional Lunch for extra cost


Know Before You Book

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled.

  • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish).

  • Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability.

  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact local provider to arrange

  • 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 points are: Casa Santo Domingo or Hotel Soleil Hotel

  • On Holy week April 8th, we only visit the chichicastenango Market, we do not visit Atitlan lake due to traffic reasons.

  • Please move to our meeting points for pick up


Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlán Tour from Antigua ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

4.2 out of 5

3/5 Feb 12, 2020

The market was interesting! Loved learning about the mayan culture. However, the restaurant that we dined at ..the food was horrible!!!!! I tried telling the guide but he didnt care. Totally ignored me.

5/5 Jan 6, 2020

The tour was amazing! The tour guide Pablo was always making sure that we were okay and always making sure that we were always with him always watching for us and very knowledgeable about everything in general very smart guy.

Jacqueline M

United States

5/5 Aug 5, 2019

This was a great tour to a fascinating part of Guatemala. I would love to go back to the market there. It was well-organized and we had plenty of time for lunch and at each stop. I would definitely recommend.

Rebecca W

United States