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Mercado de Chichicastenango

Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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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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  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

All kinds of clothing, souveniers, gifts, on the market for sale. Also church from 1500's when spaniards arrived, still standing in good shape despite earthquakes. You can see synchronizing of two cultures religions inside El Calvario church and the one across the street, which is...More

Thank wepineda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I heard so much about this market I think my expectations might have been too high. It's quite large but it's a lot of the same stuff over and over. There are some nice textiles, but again very few things that I haven't seen elsewhere....More

Thank Lauren H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The market at Chichicastenango is one of the most famous indigenous markets in Latin America so eventhough it can be touristy I recommend any traveler to Guatemala's highlands should include it in their itinerary. I would also recommend arriving the evening before actual market day,staying...More

Thank ARodriguezP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chichicastenago market has to be seen to be believed. There's not a square inch where you can put your feet without stepping on someone's stuff that's for sale. It's got everything you can ever imagine, fruit, food, leather, clothes, domestic items...an absolute kaleidoscope of things....More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The market is super colorful and also super crowded. I didn't feel too comfortable walking around so many people as I felt like everyone was in a rush to get by. Since our first language is Spanish, salespeople weren't to aggressive towards us. However, this...More

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun market. It's very large and after a while it seemed like the stalls where selling the same or similar things. But we still enjoyed our time here.

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

So ChiChi ... it's certainly an experience to be had! However, I would suggest purchasing your handicrafts elsewhere as things here are a lot more expensive so barter hard if you do plan to purchase anything (whatever they start with start at less then half...More

Thank Olivia N
Reviewed 12 May 2017

A huge place for open air market, of course very touristic but a fun place to bargain buy presents for your friends or "enemies" as the local people like to say. An ideal place for lovers of colours, full of local people and tourists. I...More

Thank AnneMarieFrance58
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Chichicastenango is a wonderful, cultural experience. It's full of life, culture, color, sounds, and (of course) shopping. While markets with textiles and souvenirs can be found throughout the highland's towns and villages, Chichi is the largest of them all. For its size, however, we were...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Our dates in Guatemala worked out perfectly for a Sunday visit to the market, we stayed 3 nights in Panajachel and on Sunday left for Antigua, stopping by the market for about 4 hours (more than enough time, including lunch). This market is huge and...More

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Duncan M
Will the full market be open on Dec 24, 2017? We are trying to decide whether to go then or wait until 12/28.
16 May 2017|
Response from Wapikianimoosh | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I can't answer your question. My guess is that it would be open.....they really do love their markets.
Pamela D
What time does the market end?
3 March 2015|
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Response from SoyAmor | Reviewed this property |
Vendors start packing up around 3 PM, after the tour shuttles leave. There are plenty of stalls selling merchandise, even when the market shuts down, but it's more exciting when the market is full or sellers.