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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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Colourful cemetery

This cemetery is worth visiting when your in Chichi. It is easy to find because it is quite big and with very bright colours. We spend about 30 minutes at this place, more than... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ricardo1989

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This cemetery is worth visiting when your in Chichi. It is easy to find because it is quite big and with very bright colours. We spend about 30 minutes at this place, more than enough I think.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky as there were Shamen there involved in rituals at the request of local people. They were happy for us to watch and to take photographs, but do ask, out of respect. The colours in the cemetery make it a particularly interesting place to wander round, looking at the names, dates and ways of keeping family members close.... More 

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

Walk in this cemetery and you feel warm and joyful. It's not just the colors. There's an energy of fun and celebration here. Many families will be doing Mayan ritual. We came upon one burying a 100 year old woman. Friends engaged us warmly. Little kids played. Some seemed a little sad, but whether there was grief or warm remembrance,... More 

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Thank jaz79h
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 16 November 2016 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 5 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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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