QUICHE
ALSO SPELLEDK’ICHE’
QUICHE EMPIRE ORIGINATED4,000 YEARS AGO
# OF MAYAN LANGUAGES SPOKENMORE THAN 20
With a heavy Mayan influence, Quiche is a populous city that offers an extraordinary amount of authentic culture and flavor. Santa Cruz, the capital of the Quiche department, is really the main hub of activity and tourism here.

Among the big attractions: The giant market in the town of Chichicastenango; on Thursdays and Sundays hundreds flock here to get just about anything and everything particularly locally made handicraft items that bespeak the true spirit of the region.
  • CHICHI CEMETERY

    While a cemetery may not seem like the ideal destination to visit, this one is something to behold. There’s nothing quite like it when it comes to honoring those who passed. The graves are marked by brightly colored miniature churches, crosses and other such structures. From afar it looks like a tiny city of blue, yellow, red and pink.

  • FIESTAS ELENAS

    The indigenous cultures and Quiche people celebrate their heritage and their past in this week of parades, song and dance. It ends with the Convite Femenino where the town’s women dress in elaborate masks and costumes and dance to traditional marimba.

  • K’UMARCAAJ

    Just north of Quiche you will find K’umarcaaj which was at one time the capital of the Quiche empire. There are ruins and remains of some 80 structures here; with a partially restored temple once thought to have been used for human sacrifices.

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