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Mercado de Chichicastenango

Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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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.
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  • Very good34%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“chichi market” (27 reviews)
“for sale” (13 reviews)
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Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Diana R
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We made the two hour trek from San Marcos Las Laguna on a Sunday and it was worth it. We began with a leisurely breakfast overlooking the market as it opened, then dove into the crowds (which were sometimes overwhelming), made a few purchases, then...More

Thank timjstark
Reviewed 3 July 2017

The market at Chichicastenango is full of all the sights and sounds you could want in one location. There are two churches that the Spanish built over Mayan temples, where the mix of religions is in full force. There are small Maya alters in the...More

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 18 June 2017

All kinds of clothing, souveniers, gifts, on the market for sale. Also church from 1500's when spaniards arrived, still standing in good shape despite earthquakes. You can see synchronizing of two cultures religions inside El Calvario church and the one across the street, which is...More

Thank wepineda
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I heard so much about this market I think my expectations might have been too high. It's quite large but it's a lot of the same stuff over and over. There are some nice textiles, but again very few things that I haven't seen elsewhere....More

1  Thank Lauren H
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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.