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Chichicastenango


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Deep in the highlands, spectacularly set, is one of the magical destinations of Guatemala, Chichicastenango. Besides the colorful, noisy, bustling Indian markets of Thursday and Sunday, which draw most visitors to the area, many traditional, mystical ways can still be experienced.

Save time to sit inside the Santo Tomas Church and witness the Christian-pagan rituals, and on the steps of the church prayer men burn incense and hold ceremonies for the guardian spirits of the church. Market day brings Indians from surrounding villages into town with their wares - not only textiles and handicrafts for visitors, but everything imaginable for, of and by the Indians. Stay the night before the market - the Indians begin to set up the night before and many bargains abound.