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Chichi Cemetery

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Address: Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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All the tombs are above ground at this cemetery which marks graves in a...

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.

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Really pretty to walk around, so many colours! Don't need more than about 10 minutes though. Something a bit different.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Stephanie W
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really pretty to walk around, so many colours! Don't need more than about 10 minutes though. Something a bit different.

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Thank Stephanie W
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited just after the day of the dead celebrations and all the graves had been spruced up and carried flowers and foodstuffs. It was nice to see and quite touching after a slightly scary visit to the church in Chichicastenango.

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Thank Alan H
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

About a 3 minute walk from Chichi market. You walk down a steep street. Lots of colorful grave sites with some shamans performing ceremonies. Not many people and not crowded at all. If you came to see the market you might as well see this too. Very safe.

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I have never seen such a colorful cemetery in my life. I can not say that it is well kept but, we did see two Shaman's performing ceremonies.

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Thank Kimi D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

We did not walk through the cemetery, we drove to it and stayed in our vehicle. We were informed the colors have meaning and tells others who the last person that died...such as pink means grandmother.

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Thank donna s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Chichi is more famous for its market, but its cemetary is actually wonderful. Beside Pascual Abaj, I'd say this might be one of the best thigns to visit while in town. It's colorful, and even has an area of the cemetary that looks like a small town.

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Thank Maxime L
Greenbrier, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

This city of the dead is both heartbreaking and beautiful. The above ground family tombs are both poignant and cheery. It is worth the walk to see for yourself. Make it to the back to see the 13 B'aqtun monument. Both are worth your time.

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Thank lilancs
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

Somehow forgotten by lonely planet guides, this cemetery on a hill in Chichi provides a striking visual contrast in the town. Family mausoleums have been painted bright colours and revitalised this area of town. Frequent Mayan rituals performed by families. Worth a visit for sure if you are here.

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Thank Jonathan C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Our Chichi guide took us to the edge of town and showed us around the cemetery. If not for the guide we might have missed it. It's not well maintained but it is very colourful. We also saw an ancient Mayan ritual being preformed. Im not one for taking a lot of photos of cemeteries but this one is certainly... More 

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Thank Henwoods24
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

There are Mayan Shaman areas within the cemetery where they are preparing rituals. Fascinating - with candles, sugar, eggs and plants!

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