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Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

4.3 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Guatemala

Chichicastenango and Lake Atitlan Tour From Antigua

Activity provider: Gray Line Guatemala
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Head to the western highlands of Guatemala on this full-day tour. Discover Chichicastenango, the site of the largest and most colorful outdoor market in Latin America. Visit the town of Panajachel on the shores of Lake Atitlan for spectacular views.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup from the listed locations.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the colorful native dress and market in Chichicastenango
  • Observe the ancient indigenous rituals at Santo Tomas Church
  • Admire the views of Lake Atitlan from the town of Panajachel
Full description
Your 10-hour excursion begins with a drive into the western highlands of Guatemala. The region is home to quaint and colorful mountain villages, highland lakes, pine forests and the majority of Guatemala’s indigenous peoples. When you arrive at the Chichicastenango market you’ll begin your walking tour. The market is at the center of the town and is the heart of commercial life for maxeños, the natives of Chichicastenango. Every Thursday and Sunday merchants head to the central plaza to sell their products in this impressive indigenous market that has changed very little over the centuries. Explore the pathways of the market and admire the colorful handicrafts and produce offered by the local people of the region. In Chichicastenango, you’ll also visit Santo Tomás Church, built in 1540 over the base of a pre-Hispanic temple. This church is a splendid example of colonial architecture, and the Mayan and Latino influence is evident in both the interior and exterior of the building. After exploring the market you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch (not included in the tour price). Next you’ll continue to the town of Panajachel, located at the edge of Lake Atitlan. Take a walk along Santander Street and enjoy the spectacular views of Lake Atitlan, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The volcanoes Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form a natural frame for the lake. Lake Atitlan has a surface of 125 square kilometers and sits 1,560 meters above sea level.
Includes
  • Pickup from select points
  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Minimum of 2 passengers (adults) is required for the tour to run. If the minimum size is not reached, the tour is subject to cancellation and all tickets are refunded or rescheduled
  • Tours include bilingual guide (English and Spanish)
  • It is recommended that you bring walking shoes, hat, sunglasses, and a camera
  • Please contact local provider if you need a guide in any other language. French, German and Italian in private services, subject to additional costs and guide availability
  • For groups of 10 persons or more, please contact tour operator to arrange
  • Please note: during Holy Week (starting April 8) the tour operator does not pick-up from hotels, you will be requested to go to the meeting point where you will be picked-up. Please be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes prior the start time of the tour
  •  Additionally, during Holy Week, the tour will only visit the Chichicastenango Market, and not Atitlan Lake due to excessive traffic
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 35 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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This is a long tour, but it was great. Everything was on time for pick up and our guide was so helpful in the crowded market. I really enjoyed having a chance to visit Lake Atitlan . Our driver was also excellent. Maneuvered the many many curves up and down the mountains and through narrowed cobbled streets. We had appropriately timed bathroom stops and chances to buy coffee or a snack and lunch on our own at Lake Atitlan.

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January 16, 2023

You got to know the history about the Mayans. Saw the market and the lake. Wish we had more time to buy stuff but it’s ok. Saving money. The best part was. There were two other local guides at the market that took you around so you wouldn’t get lost and helped translate.

October 18, 2022

Tour was good. Collection also worked. It was a bit annoying that we didn't receive an email asking whether the collection would work, we had to follow up twice. The market is gigantic, a little more time there would be great. The guide was super nice and tried hard and gave us a lot of honest insights. All in all a great tour and highly recommended

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September 13, 2022

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