Hotel Mayan Inn Chihicastenango
The Mayan Inn is located in the heart of Chichicastenango, within a block of
one end of the famed market. It has been welcoming guests since 1932 when the late Alfred S. Clark first opened the Inn. Mr. Clark searched the country for colonial chests, figures, mirrors, chairs and benches creating a museum of Spanish art for its guests to enjoy.
There are a total of 30 rooms, each its own museum. When you arrive you will be greeted by one of the QUICHE-MAYA attendants who will lead you to your room. Enter through a covered Spanish doorway where a warm fire greets you, along with many pieces of Spanish colonial art.
One of Guatemala's top four tourism centers, Chichicastenango is renowned for its crafts market, which draws buyers and sellers from far and wide. Chichicastenango, or "Chichi," was named by Mexican interpreters who accompanied Spaniards in their conquest of Guatemala and refers to a thorny plant that grows in the area. On Thursdays and Sundays each week, the plaza of this Maya-Quiché town is converted into a bustling market packed with vendors selling traditional handicrafts, including hand-woven textiles, hand-carved masks, ceramics, jewelry and much more.
Visitors to Chichicastenango may visit two religious shrines, important sites of worship for area residents. The first, the Santo Tomás cathedral, bounds one side of the central plaza and was built in 1540. Worshippers burn native copal incense and say prayers on the church steps before entering the building to kneel on the flagstone floor strewn with pine needles, where they light candles and say more prayers. Within this same church, the manuscript of the Popol Vuh, Guatemala's greatest literary work, was discovered by Father Francisco Ximénez when he served in Chichicastenango from 1701-3. The manuscript, which was written by an anonymous Maya author shortly after the Spanish conquest, contains the legends and history of the Maya-Quiché people.
Another important religious monument, known as Pascual Abaj, stands on a small, pine-covered hill just a few minutes’ walk from the cathedral. Pascual Abaj is a stone carved with human features, standing about two feet high and probably dating to before the conquest. Worshippers burn candles and incense near the stone deity, while praying for good crops and health.
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- 30 Rooms / 2 Floors
- Built in 1932
- Fax (For Guests)
- Babysitting or Child Care
- Laundry/ Dry Cleaning Service
- Common/Public Areas Accessible to Wheelchairs
- Currency Exchange
- Photocopy Service
- Gift Shop
- Room Service
- Multi-lingual Staff