Photographer's Note

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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