Museum in Chichicastenango

Museo Arqueológico Regional

Chichi's archaeology museum holds the collection of Hugo Rossbach, a German who served as the town's Catholic priest until his death in 1944. It includes some beautiful jade necklaces and figurines, along with cerem…
Market in Chichicastenango


Some villagers still walk for hours carrying their wares to reach Chichi's market, one of Guatemala's largest. At dawn on Thursday and Sunday they spread out their vegetables, chunks of chalk (ground to a powder, mi…
Church in Chichicastenango

Capilla del Calvario

On the west side of the plaza, this whitewashed church is similar in form and function to Santo Tomás, but smaller. Ceremonies go on continually in front of the church, as worshippers ring a bonfire of fragrant copa…
Church in Chichicastenango

Iglesia de Santo Tomás

This church on the plaza's east side dates from 1540 and is often the scene of rituals that are more distinctly Maya than Catholic. Inside, the floor of the church may be dotted with offerings of maize, flowers and …
Shrine in Chichicastenango

Pascual Abaj

On a hilltop south of town, Pascual Abaj (Sacrifice Stone) is a shrine to the Maya earth god Huyup Tak'ah (Mountain Plain). A stone-faced idol stands amid a circle of squat stone crosses in a clearing. Said to be hu…
Gallery in Chichicastenango

Galería Pop-Wuj

On the way down the hill to the shrine at Pascual Abaj, you might stop into this interesting gallery. Developed as an art institute for local children with the backing of Project Guggenheim, it holds a small but uni…
Landmark in Chichicastenango

Centro Comercial Santo Tomás

Even on non-market days, the covered market on the north side of the square buzzes with activity. The upper deck offers irresistible photo opportunities of the business conducted below, mostly produce vending.
Public Art in Chichicastenango


Be sure to admire the mural that runs alongside the wall of the town hall on the east side of the plaza – it’s dedicated to the victims of the civil war and tells the story of the war using symbology from the Popol …