Chichicastenango, or Chi-chi in short, is a colourful Mayan city which offers interesting daily scenes...
Located about 140 km northwest of Guatemala City, at an altitude of 1,965 meters, Chichi is an indigenous town, home to what is surely one of the most colorful native markets in North and Central America.
The Spanish conquistadors gave the town its name Tzitzicaztenanco, or "City of Nettles".
The famous handicraft market of Chichicastenango draws not only the K'iche' Maya of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala. They represent many of Guatemala's linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others, each hawking his or her products in a riotous cacophony of color, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells.
This town in the mountains of Quiche has been, since pre-Hispanic times, one of the largest trading centers in the Maya area.
I took this shot in the main square of the town. Scanned from slide, cropped, increased sharpness & saturation.
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wolf38 (30276) 2011-01-15 8:02
Hi Erdem. A wonderful market scene. Vegetables, fruit, bananas and more. You can get anything for your daily needs. Everything looks very quaint here. I like these markets because they show the true and natural way of life. Your photo is very nice. Rgds, Wolfgang.
leo61 (0) 2011-01-15 8:40
A good colorful markrtshot.Good timing and framing.
yquem46 (38380) 2011-01-15 8:46
Une belle image colorée et bien composée de ce marché guatémaltèque, pas très fréquent sur TE
Bonne année 2011 à toi (j'étais en Afrique au moment des traditionnels voeux)
SnapRJW (29282) 2011-01-15 9:39
Hello Erdem - Lovely colourful market scene - the produce looks so good. I wish we had stalls like this in Namibia but alas all our fruit and veg comes from the supermarket! Best regards Rosemary
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3885)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1993-01-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon AE-1P, Soligor AF 28-210mm f : 4,5 - 5,6, Kodachrome 64
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-15 3:05