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Chichicastenango, photo by Gabrideica
Chichicastenango (photo by Gabrideica)

Chichicastenango is a town in the Western Highlands region, located on the crests of mountaintops about 87 miles (140 km) northwest of Guatemala City.

Located at an altitude of about 6,660 feet (2000 m), it has a much milder climate than Guatamala’s lowland areas. The surrounding mountains and valleys add to its natural appeal.

Chichicastenango is best known for its colorful markets (held on Thursdays and Sundays) where indigenous people come from all over the surrounding region, as well as its own traditional Mayan culture. Travelers consider it one of the best places to find traditional Mayan textiles.

Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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3.5 acre lakefront on Lake Atitlan

Located in Cerro de Oro, this holiday home features a patio. The property is 47 km from Antigua Guatemala and features views of the mountain. Free WiFi is featured . The unit is fitted with a kitchen. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.



Posada Los Encuentros

Offering a solar-heated hot soak tub, sauna and a garden, Posada Los Encuentros is located in Lake Atitlan, 700 metres from Panajachel town centre and 2 km from Lacustre de Atitlán Museum. Free WiFi is available throughout. Average score from 62 guest reviews: 8.2/10.



Hotel Kakchiquel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Kakchiquel offers accommodation in Panajachel. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a TV with cable channels. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 7.3/10.



Hotel Helen

Offering a terrace and views of the sea, Hotel Helen is set in San Pedro La Laguna in the Solola Region, 14 km from Panajachel. Certain rooms include views of the mountain or lake. Each room has a private bathroom equipped with a shower. Average score from 32 guest reviews: 7.7/10.



Bungalows Dos Americas

Featuring free WiFi, Bungalows Dos Americas offers accommodation in Panajachel. Antigua Guatemala is 49 km from the property. The accommodation comes with a TV. All units feature a kitchenette equipped with a fridge and stovetop. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 7.6/10.


See all hotels in Chichicastenango.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Artist's Loft

Artist's Loft

Artist's Loft is a holiday home with a barbecue, set in San Marcos La Laguna. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. The holiday home is composed of 1 bedroom and 1. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 10.0/10.


White Room

White Room

Offering a barbecue and views of the mountains, Volcanoes and lake, White Room is situated 2 km from San Marcos La Laguna, 10 km from Panajachel. Free WiFi is offered. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 9.5/10.


Armonia Homes

Armonia Homes

Featuring free WiFi, Armonia Homes offers accommodation in San Marcos La Laguna. Private parking is available on site. Certain rooms include views of the mountain or lake. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 9.4/10.


Atitlan Villas

Atitlan Villas

Atitlan Villas feature rustic-style architecture, a swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the Atitlan lake. Built into the mountainside, it provides panoramic lake views. It also offers free Wi-Fi in public areas. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.3/10.


Hotel Villas Balam Ya

Hotel Villas Balam Ya

Set on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Villas B'alam Ya offers a private dock area, free kayaks, a hot tub, and a complimentary light American breakfast. Each villa has a balcony with views of the lake. Average score from 110 guest reviews: 9.3/10.


Villas Jucanya

Villas Jucanya

Offering a garden, Villas Jucanya offers accommodation in Panajachel. Antigua Guatemala is 49 km away. Featuring a terrace with lagoon views and country-style décor, the villa features a dining area and seating area. Average score from 41 guest reviews: 9.2/10.


Villa Santa Catarina

Villa Santa Catarina

This charming hotel is set in pretty gardens in Santa Catarina Palopo, on the edge of beautiful Lake Atitlan. It offers elegant rooms with furnished balcony and an outdoor pool, 5 minutes’ drive from Panajachel. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 9.0/10.

$103 - $132

Lomas de Tzununa

Lomas de Tzununa

Lomas de Tzununa is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan and boasts an infinity-edge swimming pool with views of the surrounding mountains. Continental breakfast is included in the room rate. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 8.9/10.


Lake Villa Guatemala

Lake Villa Guatemala

Lake Villa Guatemala is a detached villa with a garden, set in Santiago Atitlán in the Solola Region. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a dining area and a kitchen complete with a microwave and a fridge. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.9/10.


Tzampoc Resort

Tzampoc Resort

Offering an outdoor pool and a hydro-massage hot tub, Tzampoc Resort is located in Santa Catarina Palopó. It features gardens and terraces with views of Atitlan Lake and also includes free daily breakfast, plus free Wi-Fi and parking. Average score from 91 guest reviews: 8.8/10.


Raqui Lodge

Raqui Lodge

Offering a barbecue and sun terrace, Raqui Lodge is set in Xenimajuyú, 49 km from Guatemala. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room includes a TV. Average score from 126 guest reviews: 8.7/10.


Centro Paz Mundo

Centro Paz Mundo

Offering a sun terrace and views of the fabulous lake Atitlán, Centro Paz Mundo is located in the Solola Region, 12 km from the touristic village of Panajachel. Guests can enjoy the small on-site restaurant. Rooms include a seating area and a... Average score from 281 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


El Castillo on Lake Atitlan

El Castillo on Lake Atitlan

Situated in San Marcos La Laguna, this holiday home features a terrace and a garden with a sun terrace. Guests benefit from balcony. Free WiFi is featured . The kitchen has an oven. Average score from 56 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan is a rustic-style property offering extensive gardens and panoramic views of Atitlan Lake. It has an outdoor pool, hot tub, and a botanical garden. Average score from 111 guest reviews: 8.3/10.


Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve

Located just outside Santa Cruz La Laguna, this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, views of Lake Atitlan and the 3 volcanoes beyond. Its Hummingbird spa has a gym and hot tub. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$308 - $312

Cabañas de Tzununa

Cabañas de Tzununa

Cabañas de Tzununa is set in Tzununá, 10 km from Panajachel. Each room has a flat-screen TV. You will find a coffee machine in the room. The rooms have a private bathroom. Cabañas de Tzununa features free WiFi . Average score from 11 guest reviews: 8.2/10.


Hotel Rancho Grande Inn

Hotel Rancho Grande Inn

Offering an outdoor pool, plus a spa and wellness centre, Hotel Rancho Grande Inn is located in the town of Panajachel, just 12 minutes’ walk from the Atitlán Lake shore. Free Wi-Fi access and breakfast are offered. Average score from 26 guest reviews: 7.7/10.



Highlighted Interests:

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Unusual Local Feature

K'iche' Mayan Culture

The K'iche' language is a Mesoamerican language in the Mayan language family. The highland K'iche' states in the pre-Columbian era are associated with the ancient Maya civilization, and reached the peak of their power and influence during the Postclassic period. The K'iche' people constitute about 11% of the Guatemalan population.
Scenic Local Market
Chichicastenango is best known for its famous market days on Thursdays and Sundays where vendors sell textiles, handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, wooden boxes, condiments, medicinal plants, candles, pom and copal (traditional incense), cal (lime stonesfor preparing tortillas), grindstones, pigs and chickens, machetes, and other tools. In the central part of the market plaza are small eateries (comedores).
Other Interests:
Lowland Mountains

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