The Chichicastenango Market is perhaps the most ancient and traditional handycrafts and textiles indigenous market in Central America, with deep roots in pre-Columbian traditions. The main market days are every Thursday & Sunday.
Visit Chichicastenango Traditional Market on the western highlands at El Quiche, Guatemala a famous market where you can find from a textile or wooden mask to a chicken or pig to flowers at the base of Santo Tomas Church. The Colonial Santo Tomas Church, a 400 years old church built on top of a Mayan Alter, still visited by Mayan Priests to burn inciense and candles.
Chichicastenango Mayan language is Quiche, derived from proto Maya and spoken by a large part of the population.
Pascual Abaj is a Mayan Ceremonial Site, located at the south side of the city on a small hill. An easy to find place just ask for directions. From the masks workshops -morerias- there is a path surrounded by trees up-hill.
Pascual Abaj in Maya means “stone of sacrifice.” It is a shrine to Huyub Tak’ah, Mayan earth god whose name means “mountain plain.” It is said that this stone idol, indescribable, has hundreds or even thousands of years. It has suffered some damage by foreigners, but all the people of Chichicastenango will still venerated.
Out of Guatemala 6am, Chichicastenango return 2:00 pm (Thursday and Sunday only)
Includes: Shuttle transportation Gua-Chichi-Gua Gua (via Antigua), Guide (optional)