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Chichi Cemetery

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Address: Chichicastenango, Guatemala
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All the tombs are above ground at this cemetery which marks graves in a...

All the tombs are above ground at this cemetery which marks graves in a variety of ways, some with brightly colored miniature churches and others as mounds with name-bearing crosses or piles of fire-blackened rocks.

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Colorful cemetery

Walk distance from the market. Full of colorful tombs and unique. Not too big so doesn't take much time to explore the site.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walk distance from the market. Full of colorful tombs and unique. Not too big so doesn't take much time to explore the site.

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Auray, France
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Chichicastenango is a beautiful place to visit on a Sunday morning. First go the church and wait till the end of mass. Then when the priest has left some men take possession of specific places in it to do some sort of spiritual work over the head of local Indians. Then walk out to the cemetary or the neighboring hill... More 

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Thank meliau56
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Dying is not a sad experience, for the spiritually minded and obviously the Mayan descendants agree because this cemetery is light and happy showcasing bright colors typical of Guatemalan houses. There are large gravesites painted in pastels and poised on a verdant hill making it quite a lovely picture to capture.

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1 Thank Tl D
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

This cemetery is worth visiting when your in Chichi. It is easy to find because it is quite big and with very bright colours. We spend about 30 minutes at this place, more than enough I think.

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Thank Ricardo1989
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We were lucky as there were Shamen there involved in rituals at the request of local people. They were happy for us to watch and to take photographs, but do ask, out of respect. The colours in the cemetery make it a particularly interesting place to wander round, looking at the names, dates and ways of keeping family members close.... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

Walk in this cemetery and you feel warm and joyful. It's not just the colors. There's an energy of fun and celebration here. Many families will be doing Mayan ritual. We came upon one burying a 100 year old woman. Friends engaged us warmly. Little kids played. Some seemed a little sad, but whether there was grief or warm remembrance,... More 

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Thank jaz79h
Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Really pretty to walk around, so many colours! Don't need more than about 10 minutes though. Something a bit different.

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Thank Stephanie W
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We visited just after the day of the dead celebrations and all the graves had been spruced up and carried flowers and foodstuffs. It was nice to see and quite touching after a slightly scary visit to the church in Chichicastenango.

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Thank Alan H
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

About a 3 minute walk from Chichi market. You walk down a steep street. Lots of colorful grave sites with some shamans performing ceremonies. Not many people and not crowded at all. If you came to see the market you might as well see this too. Very safe.

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Santa Rosa, California
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

I have never seen such a colorful cemetery in my life. I can not say that it is well kept but, we did see two Shaman's performing ceremonies.

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