The market at Chichicastenango
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Wednesday involved a pretty long journey down from Todos Santos to Chichicastenango. We caught a very early morning chicken bus from Todos Santos to the crossroads at Chiantla & then a connecting bus on to Sacapulas , where we took the opportunity for a quick look around the little village , gentle river (with its scarily unstable looking road bridge) , tiny plaza , church (which was being restored) and the pleasant "convento" (where the church services were being held during the restoration). Then it was another microbus to Santa Cruz del Quiche , which involved passing through some really beautiful scenery in the surrounding countryside. Grabbed some lunch and a brief wander around Santa Cruz del Quiche , which is a nice little town with a large market , plaza & cathedral. After Quiche it was yet another microbus for the short hop to Chichicastenango , so as to be in time for the set up of the market when many hundreds of Mayans come in from their village homes in the surrrounding hills.
I got chatting to a 19-year old German guy on a 2 week "holiday" in Guatemala from his volunteering in Nicaragua for a year - he was planning to hike Tajamulco this weekend and was very interested in getting the lowdown on the trip. The hostel in Chichi was in a really great location at the top of the hill , with views front & back over the town of Chichi and the surrounding hills.