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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

After we left Lake Atitlan we took a bus through the windy roads up the mountains to a village called Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is a village where Guatemalans from all around the country come to trade and sell their goods every Thursday and Sunday. It is the largest market in Guatemala and the most popular for tourists as well. It was so crowded in the market that we couldn't see a foot in front of us. They were selling lots of handicrafts, and food, and just about anything you want to find. After we finished looking through the...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

When we left Lake Atitlan we went in a bus through windy roads through the mountains and I felt sick. Finally we got to Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is a big market where Guatemalans come to sell their goods and lots of tourists come too because it's the largest market in Guatemala. They were selling a lot of stuff like masks, blankets, jewelery, toys, food, and even more. It was very crowded and we had to be careful not to get lost from each other. After that we went to see a fancy hotel with parrots. It was cool. At the end of the...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

From Panajachal we took a bus to the small town of Chichicastenango to experience "market day" in Guatemala. Chichicastenango is the largest local market in Guatemala, and people come from miles around to trade and purchase goods. The drive was through mountainous roads with hairpin turns and amazing scenery. The market was very busy with tourists and locals. We shopped for several hours, taking breaks in the restaurants with balconies over the market, where we could watch the action below. At the end of the day our bus took us back to...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Chichicastenango

At least the fast drive the night before meant we arrived before midnight, so had some time or some sleep before our 8am departure for Chichicastenango. The market there is meant to be one of the highlights of a trip to Guatemala, so was a must do. It only happens Sundays and Thursdays - hence the rush to get there! The market was indeed huge. I feel a lot of it has developed out of the tourist trade - the part you get to first is certainly full of stalls selling mainly various textiles, which are beautiful, huge and relatively cheap...

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Nov 8, 2008 - San Marcos to Chichi

November 8th, 2008 Woke up nice and early to try and catch the sunrise over the water. I met up with the girls afterwards for breakfast and do go to some swimming. We took this path to a little area that we could swim and jump off rocks. The water and weather were great. Before leaving the nurse at the travel clinic did say to stay out of freshwater lakes in Central America...but I couldn't resist. After the great swim, we packed up our stuff and caught the public launcha to Pana. From Pana, the plan was to catch a chicken bus to...

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Jun 1, 2008 - Chichicastenango, Antigua

We got up early and took a chicken bus to the market at Chichicastenango. Chicken buses are the old retired school buses that the Guatemalens add a lot of color too and then use for local transportation. Often they bring thier chickens on the bus to take to the market and sell. We didn´t see any chickens but it was an experience. They pack the buses and put three people in each seat. Some of the roads were quite steep and the buses don´t downshift they just keep the brakes pushed down. I was waiting for them to give out as it was non stop...

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May 11, 2008 - Antigua, Guatemala

Well today was Emma´s turn to be ill! We left at 830am and headed for the market of Chichicastanango, about an hour and a half along some very windy roads. When we got there I was feeling so ill I couldn´t stand let alone walk around in the heat for an hour so we stayed sitting with some of the other ill ones. Then we continued for about another hour and a half along more windy roads to a restaurant where we stopped for lunch. I didn´t have lunch as I was still feeling very rough but Sarah did and then we continued for another hour to...

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Feb 10, 2008 - Fue a ChiChicastenango...

Sunday is market day in ChiChi so that's were I went today, though I spent more time going and coming back to Antigua then I did there. But it was an amazing day. Met a bunch of other travelers, George- burish 50 something from Durango Colorado and Texas (he had the potential to be VERY annoying, but it was great being in the market with him....); Mark- from Toranto (one of the many, many Canadians that I've met in Guatemala...) and a young couple from Montreal (see above comment), Patricia from Peru, and Martha and Alice who are here...

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Feb 4, 2008 - Antigua

Feb. 4 Antigua. Another laundry day. In by 8AM out by 2PM.........hope this works better than it did at Oaxaca. (And it did.) Walking tour of Antigua in the afternoon and then dinner in one of the many sidewalk cafes on the Zocalo. The Nunnery here was built in 1519, only 27 years after Columbus made his first trip to the new world, more than a hundred years before the English and northern europeans set out for Jamestown. The spanish had colonies from southern South America to northern California at least a hundred years before our...

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