Chichicastenango Travel Blog› entry 7 of 11 › view all entries
On our way we stopped at a lookout point where there were a couple of handicraft stands. We took some pictures and started using our bartering skills in preparation for the Chichi market.
Chichicastenango is a community in the highlands of Guatemala. It is famous for it´s colorful market on Thursdays and Sundays. It is also notorious because this is one of the places where it is easy to see the mix of catholicism with the Mayan beliefs. In the stairs of the church you can see Mayan priests performing ceremonies, burning incencse and praying.
Everybody had a great time shopping. Each couple had at least one radio so being separated was not a concern. Bartering was fun. I know Karissa and John enjoyed it and they were doing pretty good. Mike wasn´t doing too bad either, he will say one price and it will keep there until the sellers got fed and just gave him the price he wanted.
We bought masks, textiles, bags, jewelry and even an old rusty iron. Also, I got a chirimia which is a kind of flute that the mayans use. At one point I had four guys surrounding me trying to convince me to buy it. We finally agree to a price so I got it. The mouth piece broke a couple of days later so now I can't play it. That's ok since I sucked at it and I just wanted it for decoration anyway.
After a while we got hungry and Christian and Oralia bought some rellenitos and pupusas at the entrance of the church. They look so good that the rest of us imitate them. It was delicious!
After that we left since we still have two hours of traveling before on our way to Lake Atitlan