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Address: Chichicastenango, Guatemala

This ancient and sacred shrine is lavished with offerings of food, candles...

This ancient and sacred shrine is lavished with offerings of food, candles and the occasional live chicken. It is hoped that these gifts, accompanied by prayer, will bring prosperity and good luck.

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Nice climbing, interesting Mayan ceremonies

You take a long and healthy walk to get to the top of this hill and you'll probably witness a Mayan ceremony there.

Reviewed 29 July 2015
Julio Areck C
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

This was our second visit to the Pascual Abaj. Through the Pascual Abaj Museum we arranged for a spiritual leader to conduct a traditional Mayan ceremony for us. Through the explanation of each step of the ceremony we were better able to understand the beliefs of the Maya's that have been handed down generation to generation for hundreds and hundreds... More 

Thank The B
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Pascual Abaj is an important local shrine. The hike up there is a bit steep, but short. If you go early enough (6am-ish), you can witness ceremonies.

Thank Maxime L
Greenbrier, Arkansas
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

Both the overlook as well as the ritual site are worth every step up the slight incline. The walk from the center of the town is a nice one. A local came out and told us about the stone we found there and the sort of rituals done. It is worth paying a guide for this information. And make sure... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

The walk up the hill is nice. Also the ceremonies you can see at the top are nice and serene. When you are walking up the hill you have a nice view over the village and the cemetry. It just takes you 30min, so it's ideal to combine it with the market. We didn't do de mask museum.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 8 December 2015

it was quite difficult finding the route to this. However, I finally followed a tour guide. It is a steep climb up a hill that overlooks Chichicastenengo. There are good views of the cemetery. Pascual Abaj was a small group of people burning incense and dancing. There was a sweet trio playing acoustic instruments. I didn't really understand the ceremony.... More 

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Davidson, North Carolina
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

After an arduous walk up the mountain, the view was lovely, but the altar was definitely not like the postcards..

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Reviewed 29 July 2015

You take a long and healthy walk to get to the top of this hill and you'll probably witness a Mayan ceremony there.

1 Thank Julio Areck C
Panajachel, Guatemala
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Reviewed 27 May 2015

It's a bit of a climb to this shrine, but well worth it. It's in almost constant use. Just be respectful and don't intrude on the ceremony. You'll get a real sense of this ancient religion, still alive and well.

Thank Dorothy K
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Reviewed 25 January 2015

Our guide led us up a dirt trail with many switchbacks. The climb was strenuous but we all made it to the top. We were very fortunate because a shaman was performing a ritual blessing on a young man who was leaving home. (Our guide revealed the context of the ritual) By the end of the ceremony we were all... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I chose to go with a local authorised guide, who charged Q150. Her name was Tomasa and she was very good at explaining the significance of the site and all to do with local Mayan traditions and their life in general. It is a 20 minute walk from the Tomas church and you need to be prepared for quite a... More 

Thank Shaun C

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