Chichicastenango Street Market
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
  • Haggle with the people selling goods, it's expected, but don't haggle too hard- remember that you are basically arguing with someone who lives in a third world country over about $1 american, for something that would cost you hundreds of dollars back home
  • I bought a turtle shell, a stuffed iguana, a huge dead starfish, some earrings, a funny hat, two tapestries, some pillowcases, some worry dolls and a pound of coffee for about $100 US


    • by Elizabeth Schulte
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      This should really be in both the ’shopping’ and ‘travel’ catagories. Chichicastenango street market is the largest market in central america. People come from all over central america every week to go to this market.

      It happens twice a week, on Thursdays and on Sundays, too. If you have the choice, go on Sunday because there is an enormous church in the center of the market which has beautiful religious ceremonies and processions all day on Sunday.

      Thursday is


      just as great, though, don’t feel like you’re missing out if you ‘only’ get to go on a Thursday. Chichi is just too much fun.

      You can buy anything at this market. There is no way to keep from becoming lost.

      You will become lost. It is a winding labyrinth of stalls selling tapestries, blankets, pillows, dresses, skirts, hats, backpacks, jewelry, candles, puppets, toys, dolls, statues, flowerpots, pirated cds and dvds, belt buckles, carved wooden maskes, small stone pipes,


      • antique coins, swords, daggers, and anything else you could possibly think of.

        Haggle with the people selling goods, it’s expected, but don’t haggle too hard- remember that you are basically arguing with someone who lives in a third world country over about $1 american, for something that would cost you hundreds of dollars back home. They are probably going to use that money to feed their family and you will probably use that money to buy more bottled water

        or beer at the hostel later.

        The food in the marketplace is bizarre. It did not make me sick like I expected but it did make me confused and uneasy.

        Something to do with radishes. I bought a turtle shell, a stuffed iguana, a huge dead starfish, some earrings, a funny hat, two tapestries, some pillowcases, some worry dolls and a pound of coffee for about $100 US.

        Expect to stay all day at Chichi and bring sunscreen and comfy shoes.


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