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Chichicastenango Helicopter Tour

Chichicastenango Helicopter TourScenic & Market Guided Tour

Tour Description

Fantastic scenic helicopter Adventure will take you over the highlands of Guatemala, providing excellent views over the dramatic relief and the imponent volcanoes.

Landing in Chichicastenango and meeting with the tour guide who will transport you to the famous market to live an immersion in the living culture and its customs.

After the tour, you will visit a local Mayan family for lunch and learn about traditional dances.

Please note that this heli-tour could start from Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala.

A brief description of Chichicastenango

The “holy city” of Chichicastenango was settled by indigenous nobility fleeing the Spanish in Utatlan or Q’umarkaj the Quiches capital in the late 1520s.

However, the Indians were not able to avoid the conquest, for decades they continued worshipping their Maya deities as well as the ones from the Catholic faith, creating their famous cathedral of Santo Tomas in the exact location of a pre-existing Maya Altar.

Currently, the atmosphere of incense spews forth as fervent worshippers, and influential spiritual elders throughout Guatemala gather to perform a mixture of Maya and Catholic rituals within and on the entry steps (which cover the original Maya temple steps).

Market days (Thursday and Sundays) offer by far the most extraordinary scenery to visitors.

A formidable collage of merchants, as well as their crafts, crowd the church plaza while ornately attired men of the Cofradia (spiritual leaders) execute rituals in front of the entrance. Multi-colored groups of women line the steps nearly buried under vibrantly striped weavings and a bunch of flowers.

 

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    Includes:

    • PExceptional sights of the Guatemalan highlands
    • P Lunch & Purified water
    • PRound trip helicopter transportation
    • PInland Bilingual Tour Guide
    • PPick-up and drop-off from main Guatemala City or Antigua Guatemala hotels.

    Not Included:

    • POther destinations not specified in the itinerary

    What to bring:

    • PPassport
    • PFresh Long pants and long sleeves shirt
    • PCameras or phones for memories
    • PComfortable shoes or hiking boots
    • PHat or cap
    • PSunblock

    Rates & Departures:

    • PAll year round
    • PMaximum passengers: 5 people

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