Galería Maya Pop Wuj – Chichicastenango, Guatemala - Atlas Obscura

Galería Maya Pop Wuj

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

An art gallery that celebrates Indigenous Maya practices and traditions. 


Right around the corner of the hustle and bustle of the Chichi market that is every Thursday and Sunday, lies another hidden gem. This gallery is a must-see in Chichicastenango. It is an art gallery based on the Mayan cosmovision, owned and operated by two Daykeepers that are Indigenous Maya K’iche.

The murals surrounding the streets around the gallery represent the Mayan Calendar, textile designs, and sacred sites. They hold workshops regularly on painting, Mayan hieroglyphs, sculpture, and courses on Mayan Cosmovision. Inside the gallery, you can find paintings of local K’iche people, Mayan deities, and a shoemaker’s workshop. 

A 15-minute walk from the cemetery, this street offers a great view of the colorful and vibrant mausoleums. The gallery is also home to the twin brothers, who hold consultations on the Mayan calendar, fire ceremonies, and divination readings at their altar above the studio.

Know Before You Go

It is around a 7-minute walk from the Church of Santo Tomas. You can follow the page Galeria Maya Pop Wuj on Facebook to see updates for workshops and events. 

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