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2 Day Tour: Chichicastenango Market and Lake Atitlan from Antigua

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This 2-day tour will depart from Antigua for a journey to the highland of Guatemala. On day 1, we are going to visit the alive highland of Guatemala, visiting the Colorful Market of Chichicastenango. It is well known for its famous market days on Thursdays and Sundays. In the afternoon we transfer to Lake Atitlan (Panajachel) to spend the night. This tour does not include accommodation. On day 2, we visit Santiago Atitlan Village by boat tour, and return to Antigua Guatemala or Guatemala City

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Day 1 - Chichicastenango Market

Pass By: antigua guatemala, Unnamed Road, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
You will be picked up at your hotel in Antigua Guatemala and transfer to Chichicastenango

Stop At: Mercado de Chichicastenango, Btw 7a & 8a Calle, Chichicastenango 14006 Guatemala
We will go to the west of the country where most of the indigenous villages of Guatemala are concentrated. On the way to our destination we will start in a wooded area surrounded by pine trees and other tree species continuing our journey we will see a valley where a variety of vegetables are grown, as well as fruits and vegetables grown by local people.
Upon our arrival at the market we will start our walking tour inside the market. It is the center of the city and at the heart of commercial life of "maxeños" (name given to the indigenous people of Chichicastenango, derived from Max which means Tomás in the Quiché language). The merchants descend every Thursday and Sunday to the central square to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries.
We will observe the colorful handicrafts and handmade by local inhabitants of the región also you can see various merchandise, such as clay crafts, typical textiles, fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood, flowers and the regional costumes of the place.
We are also going to visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 on the basis of a pre-Hispanic archaeological temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, as the Mayan and Latin influence mixes both inside and outside of the church over time. After exploring the market you can enjoy a delicious lunch (not included, but you can add it on optionals for additional cost)

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Panajachel, Guatemala
At the end, you will be transfer to Panajachel, where you will have time to visit Calle Santander and enjoy a spectacular view of the lake which is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form the natural framework of the lake itself

Lodging: Panajachel
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Day 2- Atitlan lake

Stop At: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
We will take a public boat to cross Lake Atitlan and visit Santiago Atitlán, where you’ll learn of the local Saint "Maximon" he is a nahual of the tz'utujiles of Santiago Atitlán, and is venerated as the "guardian protector" of the Tz'utujil people given his status as a colonized people. Popular tradition refers that this character is a tree of "palo de pito" or "tz'atel", a common tree in the
Regions of Mesoamerica, who in mythological times was also proposed as guardian protector of the people.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Iglesia Parroquial Santiago Apostol, Sol 4, Santiago Atitlan 07019 Guatemala
Santiago is the most popular lakeside settlement outside Panajachel, and many atitecos (as its people are known) cling to a traditional Tz’utujil Mayan lifestyle. Women weave and wear huipiles (tunics) embroidered with brilliantly colored birds and flowers, and the cofradías town’s maintain the ceremonies and rituals of tradition, the syncretic traditions and practices of Mayan Catholicism. There’s a large art and crafts scene here as well.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Stop At: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
At the end of our walking through the town we will take a public boat to transfer back to Panajachel.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Panajachel, Guatemala
In Panajachel you will take a delicious lunch (NOT INCLUDED)

Explore the village of Panajachel is a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlán.

Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes

Pass By: antigua guatemala, Unnamed Road, Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala
At the end of your lunch, you’ll be returned to Antigua Guatemala City

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.