Guatemala
Departamento del Quiché

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18 travelers at this place:

  • Day23

    Chichicastanango

    January 6 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Another early start - and another long, winding drive - this time to the town of Chichicastenango, which twice a week hosts the second biggest market in Central America.

    It is exactly as I remember it- a rabbit Warren of colourful stalls; teeming with people carrying heavy textile sacks on their backs and heads, rudely pushing bystanders out of their way.

    We visited the Church, which still incorporated a lot of the indigenous worship practices as well as the very colourful cemetery further up the hill. But mostly we wandered through the market bargaining for trinkets and marvelling at the handiwork of all the beautiful textiles.

    On the way back, we stopped for lunch at a more traditional Guatemalan restaurant where we were tortured throughout the meal by a very loud maremba. Back in Antigua, our guide took us past a jade museum and workshop quite close to our hotel. The jade here is beautiful and comes in many colours. It is specific to this area, formed by the local volcanos and quite different from Chinese jade.

    We booked into a jade workshop for tomorrow and learned a bit about the history of jade while we were there.

    After a short rest back at the hotel, we went for dinner at an Italian restaurant which - like most meals here was adequate. The highlight again- playing UNO.
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  • Day18

    Homestay near a lake

    January 20, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Up into the mountains today to a town called Chichicastenango which has a large market and a very colourful cemetary. Loved wandering around the markets taking photos.

    Bought a little hand made material cat which spoke to me - had to bargain hard though! Her name is Guatsup!

    Had my smoothie for the day in a cute cafe.

    Then onto our homestay in the village of San Jorge La Laguna overlooking Lake Atitlan. My room is pretty large. We share a toilet and a cold trickle of a shower with the family. There is a kitchen and two other bedrooms one which is used as a homestay room as well. So the family must sleep in one room when a homestay is on. See the various photos of the home including my colourful bed!

    Then there is a central courtyard which is partly covered.

    We had a traditional Guatemalan meal with the family with a very bad soapie on the tv in the background.

    We were told to bring gifts for the family - food shampoo pots etc. Anything as the families don't have much. I took soap and shampoo. Others took pineapples, corn, muffins. I should have got some pencils or pens for the kids as well.

    There were two kids - the boy was fascinated with the padlock on my case. The little girl was curious about everything so I showed her the photos and videos I had on my phone - including Minnie Mai dancing and skipping which she loved. She also loved the dolphin and sea lion photos.

    The whole tour group got dressed up in traditional clothing supplied by our families. Then we went to the town centre to hang out. We also went to part of a church service where a band played!

    Dinner was pretty good and filling. Early night as no internet and nothing to do. Our home had these crazy christmas lights in the courtyard which played the same christmas tune so in the ear plugs went!
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  • Day5

    Markttag in Chichicastenango

    October 15, 2017 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Jeden Donnerstag und Sonntag treffen sich hier die indigenen Stämme der umliegenden Bergdörfer, um ihre farbenfrohe Ware anzubieten. Hier mischen sich Christentum und Mayaglauben auf eine bunte Weise.

    In den Bussen hierher ist man umzingelt von farbenfrohen Anhängern der alten Mayastämme.

    Ich bin Indiana Jones!Read more

  • Day19

    Chichicastenango

    February 11, 2015 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌬 19 °C

    Inmitten der Guatemaltekischen Kultur sind wir hier auf nen Abstecher hergekommen um den größten Markt Guatemalas zu besichtigen. Alles bunt und es gibt fast alles zu kaufen, nur erlaubt mir mein extrem voller Rucksack nicht viel.

  • Day139

    Guatemala, Chichicastenango

    February 11, 2018 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    In diesem kleinen Ort findet zwei mal wöchentlich ein großer und sehr bekannter Markt statt. Das komplette Zentrum ist ein Labyrinth von Marktständen. Auf den ersten Blick erscheint es ohne System, dabei ist alles in Zonen unterteilt (was es meiner Ansicht nach auch nicht übersichtlicher macht). Hier findet man alles; lebende Tiere, tote Tiere roh und/oder frittiert, Stoffe, Kleidung, Geschirr, Obst, Blumen und jede Menge Souvenirs...Read more

  • Day233

    High in the Hills

    March 22, 2016 in Guatemala ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We started off in a thick fog the next morning, but it cleared soon after we left the market in Uspantan. We had a beautiful ride through Cunen and up over yet another steep road and down to Sacapulas for lunch at an ice cream shop. From there we had to climb another 1000 m to San Pedro Jocopilas, where we once again found a place to set up our tent with friendly firefighters and headed to bed early after a big day of climbing.Read more

  • Day12

    Chichicastenango

    February 8, 2015 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    Immer Donnerstags und Sonntag gibts hier einen riesen Markt! Sehr zu empfehlen. Bunte Farben soweit das Auge reicht. Chichi war aber doch wieder recht kalt. Eine Nacht im Mashito Hostel verbracht und weiter Richtung Semuc Champey! ☀️

  • Day32

    Chichi Markets -an incredible experience

    June 27, 2016 in Guatemala ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Yes there is an abundance of markets all over the Americas, especially those for tourists, what makes this one so special? - well, first of all its not only /or actually just a small part is for tourists, the markets are dominated by local farmers and traders meeting in Chichicastenango every Thursday and Sunday for centuries already... you can feel this vibe! 😍

    There's no place like this, so colourful, loud, hectic and vibrant... almost everyone is wearing the indigenous costumes of their town, exchanging goods, grabbing a bite, in between a tuktuk driver, little kids playing ...so much life!

    We didnt buy anything and yet spend over 5 hours just walking through all the little alleys...it was amazing!
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