Timeless place, Chichicastenango
Chichicastenango (Quiché) is the trading hub for the Guatemalan Highlands, therefore visiting their Thursday or Sunday markets is a must if you find yourself in Guatemala. The best local produce, a pair of rubber flip-flops, the latest Hollywood production in DVD, a hand-woven Mayan outfit; they have it.
Due to this role Chichi has, many consider it the center of contemporary Mayan culture. You can’t avoid feeling slightly surreal in place where within the same glimpse you can spot a Blackberry and a parishioner burning copal (ceremonial incense) on the Santo Tomás Church’s doorstep. K’iche’ and Catholic hybrid traditions, the young and the old, the new technology and the millenial traditions, it all converges in this one timeless place.
Photo and Text by guest contributor: Alejando Echeverria