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Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City

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Explore the colorful towns of Panajachel and Chichicastenago on this exciting day trip from Guatemala City, complete with round-trip hotel service. You’ll wander through open-air markets and comb through the unique handmade goods Guatemala is famous for on this popular day trip. Visit the Church of Santo Tomas and Calvary Church in Chichiscastenango’s central plaza with your expert local guide, and make your way to the lakeside town of Panajachel, where you’ll navigate the Santander Street towards incredible views of Lake Atitlan and check out handcrafted leather goods, pottery and fabrics along the way.
  • Day trip to Chichicastenango and Panajachel from Guatemala City
  • Shop for beautiful local goods at the open-air market in Chichicastenango
  • Walk along Santander Street in Panajachel and learn about the town’s history from your local guide
  • Enjoy marvelous views of Lago de Atitlán
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and all entrance fees included
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Pick up time will be within 15 minutes of the established departure time in your confirmation.
This Chichicastenago and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City highlights the best of Guatemala. Meet your friendly guide at your Guatemala City hotel and travel northwest to the town of Chichicastenango. Follow your expert guide through the ancient cobblestone streets to the central plaza, where you’ll have time to wander the open-air market jam-packed with local goods. Brows the stalls, interact with the locals and walk away with some of the most beautiful souvenirs around!

While at the plaza, make a stop at the Church of Santo Tomas on the square’s east side. Built in 1540, this church is the site of many modern Mayan rituals and blends indigenous religion with European traditions. Nearby Calvary Church is a smaller, but equally stunning, version of Church of Santo Tomas. 

Once you’ve toured the city head off for Panajachel. This picturesque town is located on the northeast shore of Lake Atitlan. You’ll enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant (own expense) before making your way to Santander Street for a look at local life, handicraft shops and of course, incredible views of stunning Lake Atitlan.

Once you’ve had your fill of these colorful towns make your way back to Guatemala City in air-conditioned comfort.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mercado de Chichicastenango
Visit the towns of Chichicastenango and Panajachel on this full-day tour from Guatemala City. After pickup from your Guatemala City hotel, your tour begins as you head northwest to Chichicastenango. Feel as if you’ve gone back in time as you walk along the town’s narrow, cobblestone streets and past its red-tiled roofs. In the central plaza, discover Chichicastenango’s most prominent attraction, the open-air market, filled with local goods like ceramic pots, wood carvings and other handmade wares, as well as fruits and vegetables. Browse the locally made goods and pick up a souvenir or two to take home!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Santo Tomas Church
While you’re in the plaza, visit the Iglesia de Santo Tomas (Church of Santo Tomas), located on the east side of the plaza. Dating back to 1540, the church is often home to Mayan rituals. On the west side of the plaza, visit Calvary Church, a smaller version of Iglesia Santo Tomas.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Panajachel
After exploring Chichicastenango for a few hours, continue your day trip to Panajachel, a small town located on the northeast shore of Lago de Atitlán (Lake Atitlan). Panajachel is a quaint, charming town where you'll stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before heading over to visit the town’s main thoroughfare, Santander Street. Walk along the street with your guide and observe town life going on at the locally made handicraft stalls, other shops and restaurants.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Atitlan
Admire beautiful views of Lago de Atitlán from the shores of Panajachel before heading back to Guatemala City.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guatemalan Adventure
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Chichicastenango and Panajachel Day Trip from Guatemala City.

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Tour guide was rude and had no...
Helen B
, May 2016
Tour guide was rude and had no interest in giving you time to have a proper look around - it was almost a march around the town. Then left us at the most expensive restaurant in Panachal - when asking the staff it turned out that the guide got free lunch if he brings customers in. Poor organisation and wouldn't recommend to people
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It was a great trip. The guide was...
Bonnie L
, Nov 2013
It was a great trip. The guide was amazing and he was very knowledgeable. We were pleasantly surprised when we found out we had a private tour. Thank you Bonnie Lawrance
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Very interessting to see the local...
Klaus P
, Jun 2013
Very interessting to see the local mayan people and their way of live. Same guide as in Copan.

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