Chichicastenango Market & Lake Atitlan
Tour starts in Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala
The market of Chichicastenango is home to what is undoubtedly the most colorful native market in North and Central America, perhaps in the whole Americas.
Lake Atitlan is considered one of the most beautiful in the world by many including the famous novelist Aldous Huxley. Three spectacular volcanoes, Toliman, Atitlan, and San Pedro are the natural setting of the lake. It has an area of 125 square kilometers and 1,560 meters altitude above the sea level.
Important: only Thursday or Sunday are market days.
6:00 - 6:30 a.m. - You will be picked up at your Hotel in Guatemala City.
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Pick up at Antigua Guatemala.
10:30 a.m. - Arrival at Chichicastenango Market where you will enjoy visiting the most colorful and wonderful of the Living Maya Culture. You will be able to see how people trade goods, from fruits, vegetables, meat, animals to tools and clothes. The merchants go down every Thursday and Sunday to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little throughout the centuries.
In Chichicastenango, we will also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of an archaeological pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, as the Mayan and Latino influence is mixed throughout both the interior and exterior of the building.
around noon - Lunch. (not included in price)
1:30 p.m. - Start our road trip to Panajachel, a town on the shores of Lake Atitlan where you will have lunch. Take a look around and if time permits you can get a boat and visit a Maya village in the surroundings.
Visit Santander Street and enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán, and San Pedro form the natural frame of the lake itself. It has a surface of 125 square kilometers and sits 1,560 meters above sea level.
4:30 p.m. - Return to Antigua Guatemala and Guatemala City.
Take note the order of the itinerary of this tour can vary, sometimes we visit first the Lake Atitlan and then continue to Chichicastenango Market.