Off to the market at Chichi

Chichicastenango Travel Blog

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After finishing our tour at Lake Panjechal, we took a shuttle to Chichicastenango or better known as Chichi.   You are probably wondering why two sane people would go to a place with such a different name.   We went to see the largest market in Central America in full swing on Sunday.   The market is a large trading market for the Mayan Quiche people who live in the region.   The market is full of people selling everything from masks, huipiles (embroidered blouses), food, pots and pans to toothpaste.   It is a crowded place full of people about 5 feet tall moving and buying things.   You can buy fresh tortillas made on the spot, including blue ones which we tried and liked.   In addition the Mayan people perform Mayan religious rights on the steps of the main Catholic church by burning corn.   Catherine bought a huipil and I bought a mask.   We also went up to a Mayan holy site in the hills above to learn more about the Mayan religion.  

As a side trip we visited a very small museum to learn more about Mayan masks and learned that Maximon the guy we visited the day earlier at lake Panajechal is really wearing a mask.   If you want to know the real truth about his face write me.

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