Family Travel – Central America’s Largest Handcrafts Market in Quiche, Guatemala

My dad came to visit after my second boy was born and we wanted to show him some of the beauties of Guatemala. I had also been thinking about visiting Chichicastenango’s Handcrafts Market. So I took the opportunity and it turned into a great family day trip.


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The Chichi’s Handcrafts Market is located in the Chichicastenango town that is part of the Quiche Department in Guatemala. It is a beautiful and large indigenous town lying in the top of a mountain, so the climate is a bit cold at night.

chichi with dad

The drive isn’t too long from Antigua Guatemala, it only takes a couple of hours but it is pretty scenic. The highway goes along cabbage, strawberry and other plantations. I really enjoyed it.

chichi with 2 dads

Once we were there we noticed how big this market really is, no wonder it’s known as Central America’s Largest Handcrafts Market. It’s incredibly colorful and filled with things made out of wood, fabric, ceramics, jade and other stones. It’s just amazing!


But it’s not all handcrafts there is also a wide variety of local produce, flowers and even animals for sale.

keanu bottle

I’m not a catholic but I had to see the church. It is a 400 year old church that was built over a Mayan temple. In fact the steps in front of it belong to that old temple. It’s beautiful, I loved. The whole place is great. I would highly recommend visiting Chichi if you are in Guatemala.

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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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