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Mar 20, 2014 - Chichicastenango

Today we started by travelling by local bus to famous market in Chichicastenango (approx. 2.5 hours). The town of Chichicastenango lies about 2,200 metres above sea level and features the best of handicrafts from all over Guatemala. This market is a big magnet for national and international travellers. As well as all the handicraft there is a local fruit and vegetable market. Spent a couple of hours here.

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Jul 16, 2012 - Chichicastenango market

Well Saturday started like most others, delicious fresh fruit for breakfast and pleasant company. However, it turned a bit sad as everyone started to leave the house, the family had packed up getting ready to move to their own apartment, Vicky moved out to a new homestay and Anna was getting packed up and ready to go to Monterico for the day. The way the homestay payment system works, is that you pay the school and you are guaranteed six days at the house with 3 meals. The seventh day you are on your own to find food. You can stay there...

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"Guat-ever!!!"

Sep 15, 2011 - 3 Chickenbuses and a 1000 year-old Marketplace

This morning we left Antigua aboard "Gonzales," one of Guatemala's fabled Chickenbuses. To our equal delight and dismay, these are not the junker old American schoolbuses people seem to think they are. No, they are in fact very suped-up old junkers, with a serious semi engine under the hood and all kinds of badass add-ons, grab bars, decalsd and the like. All the different buses have specific names like boats, and are decorated in distinctive colours and patterns. They're known as the 'publico' in Guatemala (public bus) but people call them...

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Jun 30, 2011 - Chichicastenango - Markets

Today was mostly filled with travel . On the way to Lake Atitlán, our group stopped by the famous street markets of Chichicastenango and it is absolutely massive. Personally I'm not a very big shopper so I didn't buy all that much but it was still an interesting experience nontheless. In the markets it's not unusual to start prices four or five times higher when dealing with tourists, so it really helps to be a shrewd negotiator. I didn't take all that many pictures here but you can certainly have a look at what I took here.

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Sep 12, 2010 - Playa Grande - Guatemala

September 10, 2010 The day started off fucking great! You know where this is going. I left San Mateo around 7am and planned on reaching Playa Grande. Its six hours to the east and in the Peten basin. It was so cold when I left I could see my breath. This road was advised by many to be impassable, well apparently only about five km’s of it. The sky was clear and the sky deep blue and the air crisp. About one hour away is a town called Barillas. I thought that this would be a great place to stop for fuel and for some breakfast. Driving...

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Sep 12, 2010 - Chichicastenango - Guatemala

September 6, 2005 I left Antigua at little late (1:00) yesterday but the weather was sill good. I had to take care of some shit before I could leave. I made some calls/emails and I also went to a private hospital to see if they could hook me up with a MRI machine in Guatemala. I have the address and will go there when I go to the city to get the suspension rebuild (front and rear). The ride out of Antigua lasted two hours then it started to pour. I really wanted to make it to Totos Santos today but that is NOT going to happen. I rode in...

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Aug 16, 2010 - Nebaj - Guatemala

August 14, 2010 On August 12th we left Pana. Our destination is Coban. It’s about three days drive from Pana using the route I have chosen. On August 12th we drove to Huehuetenango to spend the night. Huehue is the first town I hit when I entered Guatemala so I knew the town and the hotel we would be staying at. The young fellers at he front desk sure where happy to see me again and even happier to see me with a Chiquita! It was an uneventful trip that took about four or five hours. When we arrived we went to the market. My petzel needed...

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May 16, 2010 - Wilde Reise durch das Hinterland

Heute gabs in der Frueh wieder ein leckeres Fruestueck beim Buffet vom Kaffee Fernando. Dann trafen wir uns puenktlich mit der Gruppe und los gings mit dem Abenteuer CHICKEN BUSES! Das sind die bereits erwaehnten hoechst bunt und schoen gestalteten US Schulbusse, vor denen die Regierung warnt (unsere, nicht ihre) Fuer die Fahrt zum Markt mussten wir 3 x umsteigen. Im ersten Bus waren wir ca. eine halbe Stunde. Der Bus war beim Einsteigen noch ziemlich leer, was sich allerdings sehr schnell aenderte!!! Binnen eines Busstops war er zum...

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Mar 7, 2010 - Chichicastenango

Update 11/10/12: Earthquake Nearby Chichicastenango News Report of Earthquake Up and out early so by 8am we´re at the colectivo stop, in a van headed for Uspantan. Up, down,, around curves in mtns...a huge landslide from 4 Jan 2009 wiped out the road for a long distance (just a gravel road most of the way anyway), so down and around this slide and on. We see evidence/scars of rock slide areas all along the way. Spectacular views, slow going, especially picking up and dropping off folks. Arr in Uspantan and immed into (we are the last...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

After we left Lake Atitlan we took a bus through the windy roads up the mountains to a village called Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is a village where Guatemalans from all around the country come to trade and sell their goods every Thursday and Sunday. It is the largest market in Guatemala and the most popular for tourists as well. It was so crowded in the market that we couldn't see a foot in front of us. They were selling lots of handicrafts, and food, and just about anything you want to find. After we finished looking through the...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

From Panajachal we took a bus to the small town of Chichicastenango to experience "market day" in Guatemala. Chichicastenango is the largest local market in Guatemala, and people come from miles around to trade and purchase goods. The drive was through mountainous roads with hairpin turns and amazing scenery. The market was very busy with tourists and locals. We shopped for several hours, taking breaks in the restaurants with balconies over the market, where we could watch the action below. At the end of the day our bus took us back to...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Chichicastenango

When we left Lake Atitlan we went in a bus through windy roads through the mountains and I felt sick. Finally we got to Chichicastenango. Chichicastenango is a big market where Guatemalans come to sell their goods and lots of tourists come too because it's the largest market in Guatemala. They were selling a lot of stuff like masks, blankets, jewelery, toys, food, and even more. It was very crowded and we had to be careful not to get lost from each other. After that we went to see a fancy hotel with parrots. It was cool. At the end of the...

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