It is located 145kms from the Guatemala City. Its name means “Lugar de las ortigas” (“Place of the ortigas”), founded by k’iche’s that escaped from the Utatlán destruction. They established near to Chaviar, a kind of cackchiquel mall.
It is the center of the town and the commercial life for “maxeños” (name given to the natives of Chichicastenango, derivative from Max that means Tomás in Quiché language). The merchants go down every Thursdays and Sundays to the central plaza, in order to sale their articles, in a impressionist indigenous market that has barely change in through centuries
Santo Tomás Church was built in 1540 over the base of a archaeological pre-Hispanic temple, it is a splendid sample of colonial architecture. In its outsides as well as inside the Mayan and ladino rites are mixed. On its 18-step stairway is of importance for the indigenous ritual practices, by Maya chuchkajau priest, who pray and born corncobs full of copal inside. Inside, entire families are kneel and pray before the altars, full of candles, flower offerings, alcohol and some cases food.
Calvary of “Señor Sepultado” (“Buried Lord”), its architecture has similar characteristics to the rest of churches in the highlands. It steps, also are a gathering point of priest (fortuneteller) to soothe to the “maxeños”. The Salinas de Sacapulas, also in El Quiché, are mines of black salt known locally as Xupej, and it is said that it possesses medicinal properties. It is located by the Río Negro, in the surroundings there are several sources of curatives thermal water, therefore and for being of easy access and being located in a beautiful environment.
The Cerro Pascual Ab’aj, known as Cerro T’urkaj, it is the most known for the religions expressions of the K’ich’e people, that is why it is consider a sacred place. Besides, the hill concentrate the attractive particular of a natural environment; paths, forest, landscaper, you can see the Silvestre fauna, a range of birds and infinity of recreational reasons.