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colorful dead as alive

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Colourful cemetery

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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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Chichicastenango, Guatemala

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Reviewed 1 week ago

graveyards in Guatemala in general are a very colorful thing, as colorful as the dresses for the living. the one in Chichi is definitely worth the visit. look at it from far, from the city, but also stroll around the colorful and sometimes really picturesque...More

Thank r0landbrunner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked through this very colourful cemetery and learned a little about this history of Chichicastenango with our Guatemalan host as a guide. The place is respectful and observant of the beliefs of the townspeople. The only downside is the amount of litter on the...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I have never seen this kind of cemetary before, with all those colors. the manager from our hotel told us that it was just voted to be the most colorful cemetary in the world, by NatGeo. On our tour through Guatemala, we saw some more,...More

Thank difelidi
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

I have never seen such a brightly coloured cemetery. Full of graves in greens, blues, yellows, pinks, basically every colour you can imagine. It's a wonderful place to visit and wonder around. We were also fortunate to witness a couple of shamim ceremonies, which were...More

Thank Travellover6128
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The colorful Mayam cemeteries where every color has a meaning. The people is buried and their tomb are colored based on the person’s family status. It a local tradition that is kept alive...

1  Thank vmimartins
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Near the Chichi Mercado, this cemetery is striking from a distance, but take the time to walk to it. It is very Mayan, in fact the first thing you will see is a Mayan-Catholic Church. Mayan rituals are conducted through-out the cemetery, but these are...More

Thank DudesAdrift
Reviewed 3 July 2017

After visiting the churches, take a stroll down the road and stop by to see the cemetery. It is a very colorful ,well cared for spot in the town. It clearly has a lot of history.

Thank Laurie D
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

If you get a chance to go by the cemetery take a few moments to go inside. Due to the lack of upkeep at times, photos are better from the downtown streets to get an overall view of the variety of colors.

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

We did not visit the actual cemetery but viewed it from our lunch spot. The manager offered us an explanation of what the various grace colors meant and a bit about the burial traditions. It was well worth seeing.

Thank Okopie
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This cemetery is just gorgeous. All the graves are painted vivid colors which is such a beautiful way to celebrate the life of a loved one. Super close to the market, all you have to do is walk down a hill to the cemetery. Definitely...More

Thank Andrea C
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