Santo Tomas Church, Chichicastenango

4.5
#2 of 7 in Things to do in Chichicastenango
Built around 1545 on top of a pre-Columbian temple, Santo Tomas Church exudes a mystical and spiritual vibe. Climb up the massive Mayan stairs to discover the power of ancient tradition, enduring hand in hand here with modern Christianity. Enter the dim interior and see old pictures of saints covered with black soot, the result of centuries of incense and candle burning. Observe Mayan rituals and prayers and learn about some of the oldest religious traditions in the world--all this in the middle of a vibrant, bustling market. For Santo Tomas Church and beyond, use our Chichicastenango sightseeing planning tool to get the most from your Chichicastenango vacation.
Create an itinerary including Santo Tomas Church
map
Santo Tomas Church Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
251 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • This church is the center of el mercado de Chichicastenango. From here all the narrow streets with holes the size of a basketball, spread as fingers creating the maze of the busiest market in Central ...  more »
  • This is a small and noisy church, It's located in the center of the market, It's very dirty. I great to see locals there and have a peak of their traditions.  more »
  • This is a 400 year old church right next to the Chichicastenango market. You have to climb 18 steps to enter the church that indicate each month of the Mayan calendar. This is located in a very busy s...  more »
Google
  • Visited and lived in this town for a mission trip. Fascinating culture, food and people of the mountains. Highly recommended - worth the extra travel time.
  • visited in 2010. chichicastenango market is an interesting place to see.
  • An interesting and historical church in the heart of the town and middle of the market, where Mayan and Christian cultures and traditions mix.
  • An amazing feeling, magical place, flowers, scrap, Indian !!!
  • Very authentic place where Mayan traditions meet Christian ceremonies
Places to stay near Santo Tomas Church

Plan your trip to Chichicastenango

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Santo Tomas Church by other users

16 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM GERMANY February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 32 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Guatemala & Belize BY A USER FROM EGYPT September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Quetzaltenango BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 36 days in Guatemala & Mexico BY A USER FROM SLOVENIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 31 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM ISRAEL December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 44 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA July, culture, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM GUATEMALA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Guatemala BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans