chichicastenango

Last weekend, Jon and I went to the market in Chichicastenango. Did you get all of that in one breath? Chichi is great because they sell used güipiles and traje (traditional tops and clothing) from all over Guatemala. Every region has its own unique patterns, colors, and designs, so it’s really cool to see the variation in the traditional clothing. I’ve gotten to know the specific traditional clothing styles around our area in Lake Atitlán, but I loved seeing the styles from all over Guatemala. It was a great way to spend a rainy Sunday.

We took the chicken bus from Panajachel to Sololá, Sololá to Los Encuentros, and Los Encuentros to Chichicastenango. Despite the bad rep chicken buses have in Guatemala, it’s a really fun experience. Plus, there aren’t very many tourists (we were the only ones on all of those buses). It took about 2 hours to get there from Panajachel. If you visit Guatemala, I highly recommend going to Chichi, especially on Thursday or Sunday when they have the big market.

The big Catholic church in the middle of Chichi was actually built on some Maya ruins by the Spanish, which was really interesting. That’s why the stairs are shaped somewhat like a pyramid. Apparently, each of the 18 steps represents 1 year of the Maya calendar, so it’s too bad you can’t see the original structures underneath.

It started raining hard for about 30 minutes while we were there, so Jon and I ducked into a small restaurant for some caldo and típico (soup and typical Guatemalan food). Afterward, we walked around some more until we headed home. I definitely want to go back to Chichi during the dry season so we can explore more of the market.

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The main Catholic church in Chichicastenango.

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I love the colors in the traje here, so beautiful!

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I’m not sure where this güipil is from, but it has some really cool Maya stuff going on.

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They were selling statues of Maximón, the trickster prehispanic deity we saw in Santiago during Semana Santa.

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Right after the heavy rain cleared up.

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I can’t wait to go back to Chichi to explore some more!

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