If you're hoping for a glimpse into Guatemala's soul, schedule your trip around a market day. These are fantastic venues for interacting with locals and gaining cultural insight. At local markets, visitors can talk with small-scale farmers and purchase directly from skilled artisans.
For many local farmers, village markets are the principal outlets for their harvests. Crops such as papayas, mangos, melons and cashews can be found fresh-picked and bursting with flavor. Other stands offer everything from lilies to candles to farm implements. The more elaborate markets feature large sections of handcrafts, such as embroidery, woodcarvings and ceramics.
Traditional markets are held throughout the week; most highland towns have one or two fixed market days. Some of our favorite markets are scheduled as follows:
Sunday – Chichicastenango, Comalapa, Tecpan
Monday – Zunil, Antigua
Tuesday – Sololá, Comalapa, Totonicapán
Thursday – Chichicastenango, San Andres Xecul, Antigua
Friday – Sololá, San Francisco el Alto
Saturday – Antigua, Totonicapán, Todos Santos
Many of the smaller markets begin at dawn, winding down by or before noon. Larger markets, such as those in Antigua and Chichicastenango are all-day affairs.
Mosaico Travel Services arranges personalized travel in the highlands and throughout Guatemala. We organize luxury accommodation, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a Mosaico travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.
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