Chichicastenango and Atitlán One Day
Visit both the colorful market in Chichicastenango and gorgeous Lake Atitlán during this tour. It’s a good way to experience both culture and nature in one day.
up to 15 days in advance
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Sun, Tue, Thu
- Schedule: 7:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:00 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Free cancellation up to 15 days prior
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Set within the Western Highlands of Guatemala, the town of Chichicastenango is home to one of the country’s best outdoor markets. This market is a good place to wander around and search for gifts and goodies, including pottery, jewelry, masks, and more.
Across the street from the market is the Santo Tomás church, where you may find indigenous people praying and reciting incantations. This church was originally built in 1540 and continues to present travelers with an interesting mixture of Maya and Catholic worship.
After seeing the sights in Chichicastenango, you’ll drive to the town of Panajachel, which is set along the shores of Lake Atitlán. Lake Atitlán is undoubtedly one of Guatemala’s most beautiful sights—the lake has deep blue water and is surrounded by volcanoes and several Mayan villages. As you make your way towards of Panajachel, you’ll stop briefly to enjoy panoramic views of the lake. Once you reach Panajachel, you can walk around and explore this small, hip town.
A friendly bilingual guide leads this tour. As you make your way around Chichicastenango and Panajachel, you’ll learn about the history and culture that surround these two fascinating places.
Attractions VisitedAtitlán Nature Reserve
The Atitlán Nature Reserve is located along the shores of Lake Atitlán outside the town of Panajachel. This private reserve offers all kinds of fun activities, including hiking, zip lining, swimming, and more.
The Chichicastenango market is one of the most colorful and exciting markets in Guatemala. It’s open on Sundays and Thursdays and is an interesting cultural experience for travelers.
Santiago Atitlan Friday Market
Santiago Atitlán is one of the more traditional towns along Lake Atitlán, and its market is a good place to witness the intersection of local culture and commerce. The best days to visit the market are Friday and Saturday.
What to Bring
Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, hat or cap and money for meals not specified, personal expenses, handicrafts, and tipping the guide-driver.
Transportation to/from Guatemala or Antigua and bilingual guide.
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Bit of a long day but great guide and fun time. Our guide was fabulous and a great person.