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Description : The most famous and colorful market of Guatemala, 32km North of Panajachel.
Comments : Most people like it but a few wonder what the fuss is all about : "it is just a bigger market". Actually, on Sunday, religious celebrations and processions add to the market interest.
What to do ? Show up early : after 9am, the tourist buses show up / Shop for souvenirs, with care / Visit the 16th century church of Santo Tomas and its syncretism atmosphere / Make colorful photos / Have a look at the museum
What you may not like ? The tourist crowd / The need to bargain real hard
How long ? One morning
How to visit ? A few GH in town but prices are slighlty more expensive, in particular for the night before the market. Most people come therefore here as a day trip from Antigua or Panachanel. Travel agencies organizes trip for $4 one way or $7 return but you will save money (and arrive earlier) by doing it with public buses.
Backpacker's Tips : Rodrigo González Mera,
Chile (April 03)
Leaving ? Buses to Qiche leaves every 30mn for Q2. From there, you have connections to Nebaj in Ixil Triangle via Sacapulas.