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Chichicastenango

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Semuc Champey Park & Kanba cave Tour from Lanquin

1. Semuc Champey Park & Kanba cave Tour from Lanquin

In the morning after meeting in Lanquin village, you will then head out by safety truck on this full-day adventure to Kanba Cave and Semuc Champey Park. At Kanba your guide will take you inside the underground river caves for around 1,000 meters. You’ll scramble over rocks, wade through pools, climb up waterfalls, and swim through narrow channels. Next you’ll go on a half-hour tubing experience on the Kahabon River. Afterwards, you’ll go on a walk in Semuc Champey National Park. The monument comprises a natural stone bridge that’s 300 meters long. Natural pools of different sizes have formed above the bridge, where you can relax and soak in the turquoise pools.

From Guatemala City Chichicastenango in 1 day.

2. From Guatemala City Chichicastenango in 1 day.

From Guatemala City Chichicastenango in 1 day, we begin our tour from Guatemala City or from Antigua Guatemala, we will have time to have breakfast in Tecpán, then we continue our tour to Chichicastenango, a place that lives Culture, Gastronomy to this day and Colors of Guatemala, In Chichicastenango we will visit its colorful market, we will get lost among its labyrinths, its sales, its people, we will have time to visit Pascual Abaj, Mayan ceremonial place, also its Crafts market, the Gucumatz Arch and much more... .

2-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

3. 2-Day Tour of Lake Atitlan & Chichicastenango Market

Experience two of Guatemala's most celebrated points of interest: sparkling Lake Atitlan and the Chichicastenango Market on this 2-day tour from Antigua. Visit the highland town of Chichicastenango, world-famous for its open-air market. Here you'll find amazing handicrafts created by the indigenous Maya people as you witness an incessant exchange of fruits and vegetables. Next to the market stands the Church of Santo Tomas, a 16th-century church where you can observe age-old Mayan rituals being performed. Filling an enormous caldera and surrounded by volcanoes and traditional Mayan villages, Lake Atitlan has become renowned for its indescribable beauty and unique cultural history. Spend a day on a guided boat tour of the lake and surrounding towns, then experience the nightlife of Panajachel. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Antigua ̶ Chichicastenango – Panajachel Travel from Antigua to Chichicastenango. Explore the open-air market, where a wide array of produce, finely woven textiles, and intricate handicrafts are for sale. Afterward, visit the Church of Santo Tomas. Evening transfer to Panajachel for overnight. Day 2: Lake Atitlan Boat Trip Board a private boat for a scenic trip across Lake Atitlan. Visit two traditional Maya villages that line the shores of the lake and admire views of the nearby volcanoes. Afterward, you back from Panajachel to Antigua.

Chichicastenango more than a Market

4. Chichicastenango more than a Market

The largest and most colorful market in all of Guatemala is located in Chichicastenango, making it a must-visit destination when exploring the country. Additionally, it is a town full of K'iche' Maya culture and tradition, which you can experience by strolling through the streets of this beautiful place. The tour starts in La Antigua Guatemala, where you will be picked up from your accommodation at 6 in the morning. Along the way, you can enjoy a delicious Guatemalan breakfast (not included). Upon arrival in Chichicastenango, we will begin the tour of the vibrant market and its picturesque streets. You will visit the most emblematic points of the town and witness up close how religious syncretism, the fusion of Mayan and Catholic traditions, is carried out. One of the highlighted places where this union can be appreciated is in front of the Church of Santo Tomás Apóstol. Around noon, you will head to a workshop of traditional Guatemalan costumes, where you will be given a detailed explanation of the making of these garments. Afterwards, you will have time to have lunch at a central restaurant (not included). After a well-deserved rest and enjoying a delicious meal, you will return to the market, where you will have free time to explore and purchase all the crafts you desire. It is worth noting that each craft in this market is a unique piece, crafted by talented local artisans. The return to La Antigua Guatemala is scheduled for 3 in the afternoon, with the aim of reaching your accommodation at around 6 in the evening.

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4.2
(48 reviews)

Really glad we made this booking - probably not as cheap as the ones booked locally but it was just the four of us on the transfer. Just myself at the back with the guide. But we saw pick-ups with about 10 people on them. Our whole group was conveniently small. Loved the small hike up to the viewing spot, then down to the pools with guidance on how to move down from one to the other and back up. And even though it started raining, the trip to the caves was great. I’d really recommend water shoes and a waterproof headlamp though, to make it easier to move around. Overall our guide Felix was great and really supportive, making sure we were all good and together. This was a great booking.

A beautiful tour with the problem that when you book it in advance the prices are much higher than if you book them already in the same city, when I think it should be the other way around. Therefore, I recommend booking the tours in the same city with different agencies, there are usually no problems with places, it seems. On the other hand, drivers are somewhat reckless and go too fast for road conditions. I will put this same review on the other tours I have taken because the same thing has happened to me.

Very pleasant and very enriching day. Our guide Ludwig was very professional and very friendly. Comfortable vehicle.

Beautiful surroundings, beautiful views, crystal clear water in which you can bathe.