Chichicastenango Journals

Through the Market Stalls of Chichi

An August 2003 trip to Chichicastenango by bjoelle@msn.com

Chichicastenango Sunday Market Photo, Chichicastenango, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: Like many travelers, I took a day trip out of Antigua to the largest street market in Central America. It is absolutely a shopper's paradise, with much to see and experience.

Through the Market Stalls of Chichi

Overview

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Quick Tips: I've heard that the Thursday market in Chichi is smaller and less crowded but just as colorful. I'm sure there is still a wealth of goods to buy; I would like to go back on a Thursday to experience the difference. Unlike other street markets I've been to, pressure to buy is somewhat low. You may be asked by a merchant if you're interested in a purchase, but if you aren't, that's usually the end of it. There are many potential buyers running around. The only exception to this was sellers who did not have stalls and carried their goods with them. They were able to follow seemingly uninterested shoppers and lay on the pressure. Overall, shopping in Chichi's market is laid-back a...Read More

La Villa de los Confrades

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Restaurant

La Villa de los Confrades Photo, Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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My shuttle dropped me off near this intersection, and the restaurant was easy to find: a large sign that said Los Confrades hung over the street. I climbed up to the upstairs portion of the restaurant.I ordered the Desayuno Nacional, which consisted of two fried eggs over warm corn tortillas, all covered in a simple salsa of diced fresh tomato and onion. This was accompanied by sausage, black beans, and slices of fried banana. It was delicious comfort food in a nice upper-scale atmosphere. I couldn't eat all that was on my plate, but I greedily gulped my mug of black-as-night, REAL coffee (included). The price for the meal was only Q27, or less than $3.50, and it geared ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 13, 2005

La Villa de los Confrades
6 Calle/5 Avenida
Chichicastenango , Guatemala

Chichicastenango Sunday Market Photo, Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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On Sundays, Chichi transforms from a sleepy hilltop town to a bustling meeting place to buy, sell, and trade all goods Guatemalan (Thursdays are also market days). Although it sells artesania for the hordes of tourists who file through each week, there are also stalls for the locals selling anything they might need. It's also a great place for people-watching. Indigenous people in full traditional dress come here to do business. It is usually considered offensive to take photographs, but if you take photos from a distance and are discreet, it can be okay. If you want a photograph of someone in particular, approach them and offer them a tip; they will usually allow it. For under Q200, or $...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 12, 2005

Chichicastenango Sunday Market
Center of town
Chichicastenango , Guatemala

Transportation

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Shuttles are available from nearly all tourist agencies in Antigua on market days, Thursdays and Sundays. Expect to pay between $8 and $10. Shuttles leave early, at 7am, and arrive in Chichi around 10am. Shuttles return to Antigua in the afternoon around 2 or 2:30pm. The drive to Chichi and back is about 2.5 hours through the Guatemala Highlands. I took the shuttle bus from I.R.C. Travel, located at 6a Avenida Norte No.39 in Antigua, north of the yellow and white La Merced church. The shuttle bus was late picking me up, which was okay since my alarm (which hadn't failed before or since!) did not go off that morning. Admittedly, I slept through most of the drive there and only woke up...Read More