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Chichicastenango

Guatemala In Pictures

Chichicastenango is one of the major Mayan markets towns in El Quiche.  It is about a three hour drive from Guatemala City.  The market days are Thursday and Sunday.  On these days the town is inundated with all sorts of goods, agricultural, artisan, livestock, handicrafts, etc.  The place becomes a beehive of commercial activities.  In a nutshell these pictures try to capture the essence of the trading activities on an early Thursday morning.  If you travel to Chichicastenango I recommend that you do it on a market day.  Be ready to bargain and above all enjoy this unique experience!




Early Thursday morning....Market Day!

Getting the tents up!

The temporary stores.

Brining merchandise into town.

Bringing in Merchandise to Town....and you thought you had it hard!

Walking for miles into town with family

Waiting for the customers to show up

What do I need today?

Preparing a street store for the day

Fresh vegetables for the market

Preparing food for the hungry travelers arriving in town

Preparing food for the hungry travelers arriving in town

Preparing food for the hungry travelers arriving in town

Buyers arriving at the market.

More merchandise coming in!

Family reunion in the market.

The deal is made!

The street shop is opened for business and a little flirting!

Selling flowers at the Church steps

More merchandise arriving...try to carry this!

Handicraft stand

Preparing handicraft stand

Mayan woman bringing firewood to the market

Selling on the steps of the church

Selling on the steps of the church

Buying in the market

Shopping in the market

Vegetable section of the market

Vegetable section of the market

Buying potatoes

Buying handicraft

 

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Last Updated: Sunday July 07, 2002