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.

from $ 90


Free cancellation

up to 15 days in advance

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  • 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

Experience Highlights

Guided Tours
Shopping
Atitlán Nature Reserve
Chichicastenango Market
Santiago Atitlan Friday Market

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 Visited

Atitlán 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.

Atitlán Nature Reserve

Chichicastenango Market

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.

Chichicastenango Market

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.

Santiago Atitlan Friday Market

What to Bring

Sunscreen, camera, comfortable shoes, hat or cap and money for meals not specified, personal expenses, handicrafts, and tipping the guide-driver.

What's included

Transportation to/from Guatemala or Antigua and bilingual guide.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Traveler Comments

Bit of a long day but great guide and fun time. Our guide was fabulous and a great person.

- ALBERT F, AUG 2016
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