"The Incredible ChiChi" Top 5 Page for this destination Chichicastenango by acemj
Chichicastenango Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 213 photos
Thursdays and Sundays in Chichicastenango (also referred to as "ChiChi") are market days and if this were your only reason for visiting this highland town, it would be good enough. The colors, smells and frenetic atmosphere of the market at the height of the day after all of the day tripping tourists have arrived, make it an exciting destination. But, if your only purpose is to get a bargain, you might do just as well (or perhaps better) by spending your money in the less crowded markets in some of the smaller towns surrounding Lake Atitlan. Fewer buyers mean better prices and the selection is comparable if you are just looking for souvenirs. However, there's no doubt that this is the king of the markets and the size and selection are great.
There is much more to ChiChi than just its market. If you can, arrive here the day before the market begins, you'll be rewarded with an experience of a town that is deeply entrenched in its traditional Mayan ways. White-washed buildings, cobblestone streets and a colorful cemetery are all good reasons to travel to charming ChiChi.
I enjoyed seeing Mayan men a foot shorter than me, lifting loads that I wouldn't even consider attempting to lift, working hard in preparation for the market. While the locals are very traditional, they are also friendly and seem to recognize the importance of tourists to their economic survival.
Just behind the main square on the eastern end of town, there is a little courtyard off of the road that has a few... more travel advice
The market in ChiChi is the largest in Guatemala, although you can get many of the same items elsewhere. I noticed many... more travel advice
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