Guatemala is a relatively small Central American country; however, it provides the visitor with sweeping vistas, major historical Mayan runins and a colorful, indigenous culture. The Mayan influence is still seen in the arts, religion and the traditions of the various ethnic groups. Handicrafts are in abundance, as seen in the brilliant, multicolored textiles worn as everyday attire. Because of the unique design of the women’s huipils (blouses), one is able to identify the village or area of the wearer.
The open marketplace in Chichicastenango, known as “Chichi,” provides the visitor with one of the most colorful native markets in the Americas. Handcrafted blankets, wall hangings, native attire and ceramics, along with the fruits and vegetables for sale, create a brilliant, colorful event as well as a memorable experience.