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Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlán Tour from Antigua

By Gray Line Guatemala
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Highlights

  • Guided tour of Chichicastenango Market & Panajachel

  • Visit the Colourful 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

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Chichicastenango and Panajachel

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport to and from your Antigua hotel

  • What's included

    Bilingual guide Spanish and English

  • What's included

    Optional Lunch for extra cost

  • What's excluded

    Drinks

  • What's excluded

    Service

  • What's excluded

    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

What you can expect

Excursion to the Chichicastenango Market, considered one of the largest and most colourful 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 centre 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 colourful 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.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Meeting Point
  • 4 2a Calle Oriente
  • Antigua Guatemala Sacatepéquez

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Gray Line Antigua Guatemala office
  • 4 2a Calle Oriente
  • Antigua Guatemala Sacatepéquez
  • Hotel Meson del Valle
  • 11c 5 Avenida Sur
  • Antigua Guatemala Sacatepéquez
  • Hotel Los Pasos
  • 19 9 Calle Oriente
  • Antigua Guatemala Sacatepéquez
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