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I have never seen such a brightly coloured cemetery. Full of graves in greens, blues, yellows... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Francisco, California
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The colorful Mayam cemeteries where every color has a meaning. The people is buried and their tomb... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Guimaraes, Portugal
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All the tombs are above ground at this cemetery which marks graves in a variety of ways, some with brightly colored miniature churches and others as mounds with name-bearing crosses or piles of fire-blackened rocks.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have never seen such a brightly coloured cemetery. Full of graves in greens, blues, yellows, pinks, basically every colour you can imagine. It's a wonderful place to visit and wonder around. We were also fortunate to witness a couple of shamim ceremonies, which were...More

Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The colorful Mayam cemeteries where every color has a meaning. The people is buried and their tomb are colored based on the person’s family status. It a local tradition that is kept alive...

1  Thank vmimartins
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Near the Chichi Mercado, this cemetery is striking from a distance, but take the time to walk to it. It is very Mayan, in fact the first thing you will see is a Mayan-Catholic Church. Mayan rituals are conducted through-out the cemetery, but these are...More

Thank DudesAdrift
Reviewed 3 July 2017

After visiting the churches, take a stroll down the road and stop by to see the cemetery. It is a very colorful ,well cared for spot in the town. It clearly has a lot of history.

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

If you get a chance to go by the cemetery take a few moments to go inside. Due to the lack of upkeep at times, photos are better from the downtown streets to get an overall view of the variety of colors.

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

We did not visit the actual cemetery but viewed it from our lunch spot. The manager offered us an explanation of what the various grace colors meant and a bit about the burial traditions. It was well worth seeing.

Thank Okopie
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This cemetery is just gorgeous. All the graves are painted vivid colors which is such a beautiful way to celebrate the life of a loved one. Super close to the market, all you have to do is walk down a hill to the cemetery. Definitely...More

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Walk distance from the market. Full of colorful tombs and unique. Not too big so doesn't take much time to explore the site.

Thank TabsterInc
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Chichicastenango is a beautiful place to visit on a Sunday morning. First go the church and wait till the end of mass. Then when the priest has left some men take possession of specific places in it to do some sort of spiritual work over...More

Thank meliau56
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Dying is not a sad experience, for the spiritually minded and obviously the Mayan descendants agree because this cemetery is light and happy showcasing bright colors typical of Guatemalan houses. There are large gravesites painted in pastels and poised on a verdant hill making it...More

2  Thank princessdeirdre
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