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ChiChi Market

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Address: Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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Thursdays and Sundays, this mountain village is transformed into the...

Thursdays and Sundays, this mountain village is transformed into the world's largest handicrafts market, where you'll find pottery, colorful textiles, carved wooden masks, flowers, incense and other Mayan goods for sale.

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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City
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Private Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua
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Day Trip to Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City or Antigua

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It is one of those places that you have to go to for the experience. But if you are just going to do some shopping you can pick up the same things (normally for a better price... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Milpitas, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Chichi is a nice place to visit if you want to see the same weavings, embroidery, wood carvings, and other Guatemalan souvenirs as you'd see any place else. Be care to say "No thank you" over and over again. If you express the slightest interest (maybe later, still looking to find the right weaving, I don;t have my wallet, you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is one of those places that you have to go to for the experience. But if you are just going to do some shopping you can pick up the same things (normally for a better price) somewhere like Pana. PS get the chicken bus there rather than the tourist bus as its cheaper and means you don't have to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best markets I have ever visited. We arrived in Chichi on a friday evening and stayed for two nights. The market is on Thursdays and Sundays. Villagers from all over come here to sell their wares to customers. The people on the market are very nice and not as really pushy. Remember to bargain though.... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The experience is really interesting you see so many colors, lots of small pieces of art that are unbelivable and of course there are some pick pockets like anywhere else in the world. I got my wallet stolen at Frankfurt airport, therefore in any place you can have your pockets checked. It is something to visit if you are in... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do not take much cash - everyone gets their pockets 'checked' - and our guide told tales of getting people to put folded bits of paper in them to find their pockets were empty afterwards, but they hadn't felt a thing! You could see the mums and little boys 'at work' on this, if you looked. The range of fresh... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For backpackers coming from atitlan who wants to travel to xela afterwards I recommend you to take your big backpack. You can storage them in the travel agency across hotel Santo Thomas for only 10 Q. A few hours is enough to explore the market. You can take a shuttle or chickenbus to Xela around 2 a clock. Have fun😃!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best part of going to the market was the long drive from Antigua. It was exciting to see the small towns and beautiful landscape of Guatemala (with the exception of the 20 + dead dogs on the road we saw- that was heartbreaking). The market itself is big and does has some amazing handicrafts, but there were few things... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enormous flea market filled with textiles and a lot more. Some are machine made, but there's a lot of hand made product too, some antique and reworked. The people selling are friendly and fun to buy from. Yes, they want to sell you stuff, but keep connected and they will too. Look around. Once you find something you like and... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

it was an hour and a half ride in a crowded shuttle van on twisty, bumpy roads and well worth it. Reputed to be the largest market in Central America, it is filled with everything imaginable: food, clothing, tools, antiques, textiles, etc. We lucked into being there on a saints day with full processions, incense and fireworks. Quite a spectacle.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went to Chichicastenango for mainly the market and we kept our selves from buying from other parts of the country thinking we will get the best deal here. We did get great deals after hard negotiation, but we did not save that much money. Actually, after counting time, transportation and hotel it's the same... But we enjoy the madness... More 

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