Every Thursday and Sunday the streets of Chichicastenango burst into vibrancy. These are the market days in ChiChi, and artisans, crafts people, and vendors of all sorts come to sell their wares. For whatever reason, unbeknown to me, this has also become a popular travel destination, and after reading more and more about it I decided to go and have a look on my way inland.
Thursday morning, we ate "Tipicos" in the market, and proceeded to walk around checking out what was to be found. Fabrics and clothes, masks and carvings, jewelry and pots adorned the streets as vendors called out their bargains. It wasn't as busy as I had expected but as the morning wore on little by little the narrow streets turned into rivers of bodies. Once 11am rolled around throngs of tourists arrived bus load after bus load and walked around in neat single file progressions - time for us to leave.
The ChiChi market is quite famous, but how it got to be so I haven't a clue. The goods were quite expensive, touristy and typically found anywhere. It didn't seem like the place I had read about as one article described it as, "the biggest market in Central America," which it certainly isn't. Another called it a "must visit Guatemalan destination." This is what I have to offer: It was fun to pass through and overall it's quite a little picturesque town to visit. My recommendation remains as such: don't go out of your way, but if you happen to be passing through drop by and have a gander.