Discover a colorful ethnic market
Short description about
The “holy city” of Chichicastenango was settled by indigenous nobility running the Spanish in Utatlan or Q’umarkaj the Quiches capital from the late 1520s.
Nevertheless, the Indians were unable to prevent the conquest, for many years they ongoing worshipping their Maya deities along with the ones from the Catholic religion, building their famous church of Santo Tomas inside the exact place of a pre-existing Maya Altar.
At present, the ambiance of incense spew forth as fervent worshippers, and influential spiritual elders through Guatemala gather to execute a combination of Maya and Catholic rituals inside as well as on the entrance steps (that go over the initial Maya temple steps).
Market days (Thursday and Sundays) provide probably the most remarkable scenery to visitors.
A formidable collage of vendors, in addition to their products, masses the cathedral plaza while ornately dressed men from the Cofradia (religious leaders) perform rituals in front of the entry. Multi-colored groups of women of all ages line the steps nearly buried below vibrantly striped weavings and many flowers.
Chichicastenango Helicopter Tour Itinerary
Excellent panoramic helicopter Journey will get you above the highlands of Guatemala delivering beautiful sights within the remarkable relieve and the villages of San Martin Jilotepeque, the Motagua Valley, Zaragoza, Comalapa until the arrival in Chichicastenango.
Landing and transfer to the ethnic market of Chichicastenango, here you will enjoy during our guided tour the traditions of the Quiche people, that every Thursday and Sunday set the ancient market, an exciting and unique indigenous commercial process.
After the visit you will have a lunch, here you will have the opportunity to taste the local cuisine which is the product of the mixture of Mayan ancestral roots and Spanish influence; also, this local family
Produces masks and costumes for dances and ceremonies of which you can learn.
After our tour in Chichicastenango, we will return to the heliport for takeoff and fight back to Guatemala City or La Antigua Guatemala.
Take notice that Heli-tour that may begin from Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala.
Rates & Departures:
- Ask for a quotation
- Departures: Thursdays and Sundays
- Departures: are confirmed to run having a minimum of 1 people.
- Outstanding views of the Guatemalan highlands
- Pure drinking water
- Round-trip helicopter transport
- Bilingual Tour Guide
- Guided Tour
- Pick-up and drop-off from main Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala hotels
- Other locations and services not specified by the itinerary