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Chichicastenango
Guatemala Highlands,
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Shrine of Pascual Abaj, Honors The Mayan Earth God A Short Walk Up The Hill Outside Of Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
Shrine of Pascual Abaj, Honors The Mayan Earth God.
A Short Walk Up The Hill Outside Of Chichicastenango.
NOTE: Honey & Burned Incense Resin Offerings. Bees Eating The Honey.

Guatemalan Highlands:

The Guatemalan Highlands is an upland region in southern Guatemala, lying between the Sierra Madre de Chiapas to the south and the Petén lowlands to the north.

The highland are made up of a series of high valleys enclosed by mountains. The native name for the region is Altos, meaning highlands, which includes the northern declivity of the Sierra Madre. The mean elevation is greatest in the west (Altos of Quezaltenango) and least in the east (Altos of Guatemala).

Chichicastenango:

Chichicastenango, which is also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, is a town in the El Quiché department of Guatemala. Chichicastenango, sort of means, ”surrounded by ravines.” It is pronounced as (chē"chēkästānäng'gō). We never could pronounce it correctly so we just called the towns name as everyone else did; “Chichi”.

Chichi is located near the crests of several mountaintops at an altitude of about 6,448 feet according to our GPS. Chichi is less than an hour drive from Lake Atitlán

The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name from the Nahuatl name used by their soldiers from Tlaxcala, Mexico: Tzitzicaztenanco, or City of Nettles. Its original name was Chaviar.

Chichicastenango is now best known today for its display of the traditional K'iche' Mayan culture. After visiting Chichicastenango and seeing how strong the people still cling to the ancient ways, we have to agree.

Probably the best time to visit if you have only a short time to see the area is during Chichicastenango’s Market Days on Thursdays and Sundays.

During Market Days local people from the surrounding small communities come to Chichicastenango where they and the local vendors sell handicrafts, food, flowers, pottery, wooden boxes, condiments, medicinal plants, candles, pom and copal (traditional incense), cal (lime stones for preparing tortillas), grindstones, pigs and chickens, machetes, and other tools. Located in the central part of the market plaza are comedores (small eateries).

Since Chichicastenango has so many tourists, the local people have learned their many foreign languages such as English, French, German, and others.

The people of Chichicastenango are very warm, friendly, and well-accustomed to the many foreigners who visit their weekly markets.

Their deep religious spirit is reflected not only in their own behavior, but in their treatment of others.

They follow “The Golden Rule”. There is virtually no crime; you can sleep with your doors and windows open to enjoy the cool, crisp evening breeze.

Their religion today seems to be a combination of Mayan and Christian elements. There is the parish church of Santo Tomás on one end of the Plaza and the El Calvario church, at opposite end of the Plaza. Next to the parish church is the old Dominican Monastery which dates back to 1542; in it the Popol Vuh or more correctly spelled, Popol Wuj; a well-known Mayan manuscript, was copied by the Friar Francisco Ximénez in about 1,701 – 1,703 A.D.

Roman Catholic Church Of Santo Tomás:

The 400-year old church of Santo Tomás is actually built over a Pre-Columbian platform, and the steps originally leading to a temple of the pre-Hispanic Mayans remain venerated to this day. The Mayans still use the church for their rituals, including the burning incense and candles. In special cases, they even burn a chicken for the gods. Each of the 18 steps of the original temple that leads up to the church door, stands for one month of the Maya calendar year.

The 400-year old church of Santo Tomás is built atop a Pre-Columbian platform, and the steps originally leading to a temple of the pre-Hispanic Maya civilization remain venerated. Shamans still use the church for their rituals, burning incense and candles. In special cases, they burn a chicken for the gods. Each of the 18 stairs that lead up to the church stands for one month of the Maya calendar year.

Shrine of Pascual Abaj, The Mayan Earth God:

Just a short walk from the church of Santo Tomás from the center of Chichicastenango, there is a wooded hill. At the top of the hill there is a shrine with a carved head and face, known as Pascual Abaj. Abaj means ancient rock. On almost a daily basis, the Mayan Aj'kun (shaman, prayer maker, native priest) not to be confused with Aj'itz (witch, sorcerer, evil magician); perform various rites there. These Mayan priests and priestesses performing ceremonies for all kinds of help: to bless a marriage, to pray for a good harvest, to give thanks for a good harvest, to remedy a problem; such as preventing thieves from stealing your crops.

Hotel Mayan Inn:

We spent the night at the Hotel Mayan Inn in Chichicastenango. It was very nice. Sort of like a bed and breakfast. It is not 5 star, but they try to give you a great experience. We can say that they welcome you into the old world of Spanish Colonial Times in a modern day inn. It is located in the center of Chichicastenango.

Chichicastenango has its own web site, so we have incluced a link to their very informative website at the bottom of this page.

Also, Ohio State University, who has a copy of the Popol Wuj (Popol Vuh), in their possession; has provided an on line copy of the Popol Wuj for your reading. We also have a link at the bottom of this page to their online copy of the Popol Wuj.

We suggest getting a hotel in Guatemala and then letting them arrange either a car or a tour of Guatemala. We prefer Clark Tours, who have been in business for over 80 years. If you call the hotels Concierge Services ahead of your arrival, all of this can be pre-arranged for you.

We do this all the time, when traveling in Guatemala. It is safe and it works!!! We have never experienced a problem doing it this way!

La Aurora International Airport (IATA: GUA, ICAO: MGGT) serves Guatemala City, Guatemala. It is located 6 km south of Guatemala City's center and 25 km from Antigua. It is administered by the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil.

You can take a taxi from the airport to Antigua but we highly recommend that you contact the hotel/villa where you are staying and have them arrange for a shuttle to pick you up from the airport and take you to Antigua. The cost is about $30 including tip. You can do the same on your way back to the airport.

Therefore, we have placed a link to Priceline.Com on this page so you can arrange your flights into and out of Guatemala; as well as your hotel, when visiting this area.

This Link Is To Clark Tours In Guatemala.
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Terrace Farming. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Chichicastenango Farms. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
Terrace Farming Methods.Near Chichicastenango.
Santo Tomás Church. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayan Offerings. Inside The Catholic Church Of Santo Tomás. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
Church Of Santo Tomás.
Chichicastenango.
Catholic Church
Of Santo Tomás.
Mayan Offerings
To Mayan Gods!
Chichicastenango Market Day. On The Steps Of The Church Of Santo Tomás. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Chichicastenango Marketplace. On The Steps Of The Church Of Santo Tomás. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
The Market Is Set Up
In Front Of
The Church Of Santo Tomás.
Chichicastenango
The Market Is Taken Down
At Evening.
The Church Of Santo Tomás.
Chichicastenango.
Mayan Inn. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayan Inn. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
The Mayan Inn,
Where We Stayed.
Court Yard
Of The Hotel.
View From Our Room.
At The Mayan Inn.
Mayan Inn. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayan Inn. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.
The Mayan Inn
Court Yard.
The Mayan Inn
Garden.
Audrey DeLange At The Shrine Of Pascual Abaj. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.George & Audrey DeLange At The Shrine Of Pascual Abaj The Mayan Earth God. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
Audrey DeLange
Climbs A High Hill
To Visit A Mayan Shrine.
George & Audrey DeLange
At The Shrine Said
To Be Thousands
Of Years Old!
Maya Shrine Of Pascual Abaj. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayan Shrine Pascual Abaj. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
Shrine of Pascual Abaj,
Honors The Mayan
Earth God.
On Hill Outside Of
Chichicastenango.
Shrine of Pascual Abaj,
Said To Be Thousands
Of Years Old.
Is Often Worshiped
Today By Mayans.
Mask Factory. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information, Images, & Reviews.Mayan Costumes. Chichicastenango, Guatemala Highlands, Guatemala. Travel & Tour Pictures, Photos, Information.
Purchase Your Masks
Directly From
Luis Ricardo Ignacio V.
The Owner Of
The Mask Factory.
Below The Hill
That leads
To The Shrine
Of Pascual Abaj.
He Creates Mayan
Dress According
To Ancient Designs
Passed Down.
He Uses High
Quality Materials.
Much Better Than
Sold On The Streets.
Telephones
756-1945, 756-2175.

Chichicastenango Town, Guatemala Web Site
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