On my fourth day in Guatemala in partnership with the Real Intercontinental Guatemala, my good friend Mariel de Viaje and I explored Chichicastenango, the most famous Maya market town in the country! Come along with us on our latest adventure as we try authentic Mayan street food and explore the artisanal market of Chichicastenango, Guatemala!
Mariel and I started our day super early at 5:30 in the morning in Guatemala City. From there, we drove three hours west to the town of Chichicastenango, which is world-famous for its Mayan artisanal market. Our first stop in Chichicastenango was the Arch of Gucumatz. This structure marks the entrance to the city, but in the Maya religion, it also denoted the entrance to the underworld!
We then toured the entire city. Along the way, I tried freshly-made orange juice, pupusas, and some delicious homemade ice cream. Everything was so good! This is what I love about street food. It was all so fresh and tasty!
From there, we made our way to a bright and colorful Maya cemetery via the poultry market. I had never seen anything like it before in my travels. The colors there represent happiness!
After exploring the Maya cemetery, we headed to the market and went all out with the shopping. I bought a ton of gorgeous wood-carved masks for friends, family, and myself. Meanwhile, Mariel bought some clothing and I also picked up a table runner for my wife.
We then visited Santo Tomas Church, which is the most iconic spot in the city. It’s famous because this church is a unified church between Catholicism and the Maya religion.
After we visited the church, we headed to lunch at the Maya Inn hotel. There, we tried some Culche and some Pepian de Pollo, which is a traditional chicken dish in Chichicastenango.
After exploring the whole town, we made our way back to Guatemala City. Along the way, we stopped at Iximche, a breathtaking Maya archaeological site. It’s one of the most important archaeological sites in Guatemala because it’s where the Spanish took control of the country.
We didn’t get to spend much time there, but it was a fascinating stop. It’s a great place to learn more about the history of Guatemala and the Maya people. Then, we hit the road again and arrived back in the capital!
The next time you head to Guatemala, I recommend hiring my friends at A La Carta Tours. They’re amazing and showed us a really great time! They are the perfect people to show you around this beautiful country!
I also have to give a huge thanks to my friends at the Real Intercontinental Guatemala. They made my stay in Guatemala a wonderful experience I’ll never forget!
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