Guatemala is a land of colour. The painted colonial houses boast pastel hues, the traditional dress of the Maya is a vibrant array of bold tones from deep purple, emerald green to ruby red, but the colours are no more alive than when you are wandering the incredible markets.
Chichi, as it is commonly known, is probably one of the most famous markets in Guatemala. Within close proximity to Atitlan, many people stop to en route from Antigua or visit as a day trip from the lake. While undoubtedly touristy, Chichicastenango’s market is a spectacle. An open-air market, stall holders offer everything from fruit, vegetables and spices to meat, clothes and handicrafts.
Sololá is a lovely market, close to Lake Atitlan giving visitors some respite from the rows upon rows of native handicrafts found at more touristy markets. Sololá is an authentic weekly market selling all the goods locals might need to go about daily life. Traditional dress is worn by the villagers and the views to Lake Atitlan are beautiful.
Comalapa is more than just a market. The town is famous for its naïf paintings, in particular, a mural painted by the local children depicting the main events in Guatemala’s shocking history until the peace treaty was signed in 1996. Flowers, household goods and fresh produce are sold here each week.