Guatemala’s Highland Markets

If you’re seeking to glimpse Guatemala’s heart and 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 beautifully crafted handicrafts directly from the producers and artisans.

Rainbow of colors at the Chichicastenango market in Guatemala, a large group of people selling fresh fruit, vegetables and handicrafts in a plaza

Fresh Produce, Handcrafts and More

For many local farmers, village markets represent the principal outlet for their harvests.

Fresh crops–papayas, mangos, melons, and cashews–are found in abundance,  just picked and bursting with flavor.

Other stands offer everything from lilies to candles to farm implements.

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Woodcarvings, Ceramics, and Embroidery

The more elaborate markets feature large sections of handcrafts, including embroidery, woodcarvings, and ceramics.

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.

Intricate colorful handwoven blankets on display at a traditional Guatemalan market near Tikal

Traditional markets are held throughout the week, with most highland towns offering 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

A rainbow of fruits availible for sale at a local market in the Guatemaln Western Highlands

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