Chichicastenango

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.

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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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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.

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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 13 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

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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.

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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.

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Atitlan Sunset Lodge

Atitlan Sunset Lodge

Atitlan Grand Apartment is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Santa Cruz La Laguna and boast excellent volcano views. Free Wi-Fi and kayak use are provided at this property. Average score from 53 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$54

 
$549.2
San Ricardo Farm & Lodge

San Ricardo Farm & Lodge

Amid beautiful gardens, this facility offers private parking on site. The terraces and on-site restaurant are featured attractions of San Ricardo Farm & Lodge. The breakfast is included with the rate. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$50

 
$509.1
Blue Mayan Hotel

Blue Mayan Hotel

Situated in Panajachel, 40 km from Quetzaltenango, Blue Mayan Hotel boasts a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. A TV is available. Average score from 43 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$55

 
$558.8
Posada de Don Jose

Posada de Don Jose

Posada de Don Jose is located in Panajachel, just a 15-minute walk from the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan. The property offers free Wi-Fi and on-site parking. Average score from 29 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$27

 
$278.7
Hotel Los Cofrades

Hotel Los Cofrades

Offering a restaurant and free WiFi, Hotel Los Cofrades is located in Sololá, Guatemala. Sololá Municipal Park is just 2 minutes' drive away from the hotel. Each room includes a flat-screen cable TV and a patio with a garden view. Average score from 21 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$33

 
$338.7
Reserva Natural Atitlan

Reserva Natural Atitlan

Offering a restaurant and a private lake-side area, Reserva Natural Atitlan is located in Panajachel. Free WiFi, free parking and extreme outdoor sports are available. Each room here will provide you with a balcony, a terrace and a seating area. Average score from 123 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$65

 
$658.6
Hotel Museo Mayan Inn

Hotel Museo Mayan Inn

Set around a charming interior courtyard, Hotel Museo Mayan Inn is located next to Chichicastenango’s Calvario Chapel. It features individually decorated rooms and a restaurant. Average score from 203 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$72 - $159

 
$728.6
Posada De Los Volcanes

Posada De Los Volcanes

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Posada De Los Volcanes offers accommodation in Panajachel, 40 km from Quetzaltenango. The rooms have a TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 139 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$54

 
$548.5
Hotel Nuestro Sueño

Hotel Nuestro Sueño

Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán in San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala, Hotel Nuestro Sueño offers an indoor pool, a gym and a popular restaurant. Rooms have spectacular views of the lake and nearby volcanoes. Average score from 76 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$36

 
$368.3
Hotel & Restaurante Arca de Noé

Hotel & Restaurante Arca de Noé

Offering a garden and Atitlán Lake views, Arca de Noé is located in Santa Cruz La Laguna, 15 minutes’ by boat from Panajachel town centre. Free Wi-Fi access in public areas is available. The rooms offer basic décor and wooden furniture. Average score from 88 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$49

 
$498.3
Posada Los Encuentros

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.

$37

 
$378.2
Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan

Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlan

Set on Guatemala’s Atitlán Lake, Eco Hotel Uxlabil Atitlán has a private jetty and offers free kayak use. There is a sauna and hot tub and all rooms have a balcony with lake views. Average score from 169 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$36 - $116

 
$368.1
Hotel Paradise Inn

Hotel Paradise Inn

Hotel Paradise Inn is located in Panajachel, just 200 metres from Lake Atitlan. It features free WiFi and on-site parking. Each room here features functional décor and comes equipped with a cable TV and a private bathroom with a shower and toilet. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$68

 
$688.1
Hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel

Hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel

Hotel Dos Mundos Panajachel offers accommodation in Panajachel. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms include a flat-screen TV and come with a private bathroom. Average score from 100 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$54

 
$548.0
Casa Colonial

Casa Colonial

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Casa Colonial offers a affordable boutique-style accommodation in Panajachel. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 109 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$40

 
$407.9
Hotel & Restaurant Jinava Bay

Hotel & Restaurant Jinava Bay

Hotel & Restaurant Jinava Bay is located in San Marcos La Laguna and offers a view of Lake Atitlan and an on-site restaurant specializing in International, Asian and Mexican cuisine. Average score from 50 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$46

 
$467.9
Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan

Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan

Surrounded by coffee plantations, Hotel San Buenaventura de Atitlan offers a private beach area, an outdoor pool and tropical gardens. It is located just outside Panajachel, on the shore of Lake Atitlan. Average score from 65 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$65

 
$657.9

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
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.
Combination
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:
Cultural
Churches
Natural
Lowland Mountains

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