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Mercado de Chichicastenango

Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
+502 4658 6963
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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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Full Day Tour: Chichicastenango Maya Market and Lake Atitlan from Guatemala City
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
+502 4658 6963
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The largest outdoor Central American market--colourful with huge variety of goods, live animals, smells and learning. Not as crowded as expected according to other reviews...comfortable. Negotiate with lower than half price of their ask. Quetzal cash only. Humbled by how locals bear a load on...More

Thank Ida E
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This market is a mix of meat, vegetables, other fresh produce and tourist offerings! It's an interesting blend of locals shopping for their food and tourists trying to steal a bargain! The market is a really good size, loads to see and do. Keep your...More

Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The colors and smells, pleasant and unpleasant, are the main components of this market. I enjoyed strolling through the very narrow and crowded streets and seeing many of the Mayan traditions that are still alive and culturally rooted in the Mayan people. I never felt...More

2  Thank vmimartins
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Crowded handicrafts market with the same stuff at each corner. It's nice, but no must see in GUA. Hyped for no reason!

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Before I went, I read a lot of opinions of this market. Many said that there are cheaper places to buy souvenirs, but I am afraid, those opinions are from preople who din't get the escence of the maket. Three things are really important to...More

1  Thank Diana R
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I enjoyed the maket, but we got there late (2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon) so we were a bit hurried. That said, after we left, our driver told us that the permanent market in Antigua is usually less expensive because the Antigua market is permanent...More

Thank ebetty11
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We loved our recent visit to Guatemala. As part of our pre-arranged tour we had a trip from Lake Atitlan to the market at Chichicastenango. If you have never been to a chaotic third world market then this is as good as any other. On...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Just Ok market for produce and handicrafts. Very crowded & not the best handicrafts I have seen in Guatemala to be honest and over priced on top! A two hour stroll was more than enough. If this is your first trip to Guatemala give it...More

Thank Rachel S
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We were expecting a Guatemalan market to beat all markets. What we found was quite disappointing. We did see many things that we had not seen in other markets, but the narrow pathways, obnoxious pushing vendors, and constant awareness of pickpockets who often slash clothing...More

1  Thank DudesAdrift
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

This was a waste of a day. This was the only place and time in our weeklong trip in Guatemala that we were constantly hounded to buy stuff or to give money. Yes, the arts and crafts may be a bit cheaper here, but not...More

Thank surreyuk
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Duncan M
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
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.