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Chichicastenango is well known for its famous market days on Thursdays and Sundays

Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan One-Day Tour From Antigua

overview

WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Chichicastenango is considered the largest and most colorful outdoor market in Latin America

Highlights

  • Authenticity of the Mayan culture combined with a symphony of colors coming of the traditional dress of Chichicastenango
  • Visit de Colorful Market of Chichicastenango
  • Views of Lake Atitlan and the towns surrounding in Panajachel

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Hotel Transfers from Guatemala City or Antigua
  • Bilingual Guide (English and Spanish)
  • You can add a lunch in Optional Extras for additional price.

Exclusions

  • Meals (Lunch) or you can add a lunch in Optional Extras for additional price.
  • Beverages
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • 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).
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
  • Please contact us 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 Gray Line Guatemala to arrange. info@graylineguatemala.com

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Apr 24 2017
The bus trip from Antigua to Chichi was quite long (2,5 - 3 hours) though the guide was very informative and entertaining, so time went by quickly, also because of the nice coffee break in between. The time at the market was great, though only a small part was seen, there is not a lot of time to walk around by yourself, which would be perfectly safe to do. Visiting the churches was very interesting.The drive to Panajachel was also very long and there is no time to walk around by yourself, you are only driving through the town, which is a shame. The restaurant for lunch in Panajachel is very expensive and food is average.It would probably better to make the day a little bit longer to ensure that there is time to see more, for example 30minutes at the market and 30 minutes in Panajachel. If you take your own lunch, you can also fit in more strolling around.This trip is good if you really have no time in Guatemala.
Reply From Gray Line:
Hello,

We want to thank you for leaving such a detailed and even sided review for our tour in Guatemala. This highland lake region of Guatemala is stunningly beautiful--yet a bit spread out and not as accessible as other places on Earth, so we completely understand your point of view on the matter. We will touch base with our team in Guatemala regarding your input, and see what we can do to make this tour more efficient and enjoyable for future customers. We thank you for choosing Gray Line, and hope to welcome you back on board soon!


The Gray Line Team
Nov 29 2016
We had a wonderful, knowledgeable tour guide. The day was long (about 7 to 6) but we saw a lot, learned a lot, and don't feel that we were ever in one place for too long.
Aug 17 2016
Our guide, Juan Pablo, was very pleasant, friendly, and informative. He showed great enthusiasm in answering all of our questions on the trip. He did an excellent job!!
Jul 24 2016
Excellent
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itinerary

ITINERARY

You will be picked up from your hotel in Antigua Guatemala. We will take road to The Western Highlands, the region of Guatemala that most travelers think about when daydreaming about a trip to this country. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests, and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples.

Arrive at Chichicastenango Market and begin your walking tour inside the market. It is the center of the town and heart of commercial life for “maxeños” (name given to the natives of Chichicastenango, derivative from Max that means Tomás in Quiché language). The merchants go down every Thursday and Sunday to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little throughout the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and view the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region.

In Chichicastenango, we will also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of an archaeological pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, as the Mayan and Latino influence is mixed throughout both the interior and exterior of the building.

After exploring the market you will enjoy a delicious lunch (not included or you can add a lunch in Optional Extras for additional price.)

Then, continue to the town of Panajachel, which sits on Lake Atitlan. Visit Santander Street and enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form the natural frame of the lake itself. It has a surface of 125 square kilometers and sits 1,560 meters above sea level.

In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing return transfer back to Antigua Guatemala. Take note the order of the itinerary of this tour can vary, sometimes we visit first the Lake Atitlan and then continue to Chichicastenango Market.

Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.