The mountain village of Chichicastenango, three hours from Antigua, is especially worth visiting on Thursdays and Sundays when indigenous Mayans from the surrounding villages come to trade at the market.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

A guide can help you to navigate your way through the different areas of this market famous for the rich smells of exotic foods filling the air and the sheer kaleidoscope of colours from the hand woven textiles on display. There are potential souvenirs galore here, and this is the ideal spot to test out your bartering skills.

Chichicastenango is also one of the best places for visitors to witness the fascinating way in which the Mayan and Catholic faiths have merged in Guatemala. Mayan priests make pilgrimages to the village to hold ceremonies and make offerings to their Gods inside Catholic Churches.


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The locals refer to the town - perhaps understandably - as Chichi.

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Where to stay

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor

Palacio de Dona Leonor is an authentic mansion steeped in 500 years of history, evident the minute one steps through its heavy oak doors.

Posada del Angel

Posada del Angel

This pretty little inn is built in the Spanish colonial style but has a strong Guatemalan feel, from the friendly staff to the brightly woven textiles in each room.

Casa Encantada

Casa Encantada

One of the most hospitable places to stay in one of Latin America's must-see cities.

Panza Verde

Panza Verde

Panza Verde is a gorgeous boutique property with plenty of character and warmth.

El Convento

El Convento

Hidden away down one of Antigua’s cobbled streets, El Convento is located opposite the 18th Century Capuchin convent, and is at once quiet and central.

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