If you are traveling through Guatemala, Chichicastenango (nicknamed: Chichi) should be on your list of places to visit, especially on Thursdays and Sundays when the indigenous town holds its famous market.
Chichicastenago is known for its K’iche’ Maya culture, whose colorful clothing lights up the city, and on market days the whole town is alive with vendors selling everything from handicrafts to handmade textiles. We were fortunate it enough to visit Chichi on a market day during our volunteer trip with Cooperative for Education.
One of my favorite sights in Chichi is Santo Tomas, a 400-year old church built atop a Pre-Columbian temple platform. It’s whitewashed walls provide the perfect backdrop for the vibrant market which sprawls out in front of it. K’iche’ Maya priests still perform rituals on the church’s stairs where incense, sage and candles are burned. The 18 stone stairs leading to the church, each represent one month of the Maya calendar.
Look up Chichi on the internet and you are bound to find lots of wonderful colorful photos of the town. We, however, chose to go a different way. We wanted to showcase life uninterrupted by cameras. I wanted to shoot street style, which is not only my favorite style but a perfect choice for the crazy market. Going BW and zapping the color out of Chichicastenago was a natural choice so that your eye would be drawn to the people and not distracted by the radiating colors of the market.
These are some of my favorite photos from Guatemala.
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