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Chichicastenango mercado


Chichicastenango is known to what is said to be the most colorful native market in North and Central America, perhaps in all the Americas. Market days are Sundays and Thursdays, and draw not only the Mayas of the surrounding region, but vendors from all over Guatemala, representing many of Guatemala’s linguistic groups such as Mam, Ixil, Kaqchikel and others, each hawking his or her products in a riotous cacophony of color, dialects and costumes, smoke, and smells.

After reaching San Pedro La  Laguna the night before – good that we spent nearly 5 hours in the bus as it was raining! – we had a nice breakfast  in front of Lake Altitlan before  leaving for the market. First we made it with an agency collectivo up to Las Encuentros & then in a local one. More fun ;) People keeping on jumping in or going out of it, always trying to fit as much as people as possible :) Lucky us, for the 1st way, we were in front - as sometimes it was really tricky… On the way back we were 23  people inside instead of normally 15! We changed for a comioneta at Las Encuentros & went back down to San Pedro in the old US School bus on tiny bendy road, driver honking at nearly each bends & even sometimes having to drive a bit backward in order to be able to turn…  Another way of travelling! :)

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t’avais pas plus compliqué comme nom de bled????

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