Three Stone Steps made its first trip to Guatemala (actually to Central America, if you don’t count Mexico) last month. It was both a vacation and shopping trip. While we’re still working on photos of some of our great finds: lovely shoulder bags made from the beautiful blouses worn by the Mayan women, recycled journals, and fun and funky beaded jewelry, we just thought that we’d show off some of the lovely county and its people in the meantime.
We’re veterans of markets in SE Asia. We’ve been to loads, but besides the Russian Market in Phnom Penh, most of the other markets we’ve ended up in are about food. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!) Despite markets taking up more than a small amount of guidebook text, the markets we visited in Guatemala featured local produce and meats, along with the invariable plastic crap like stools and colanders made in China, but overall there seemed to be a greater amount of handmade items that locals were selling to each other.
And, while it’s hard to find a non-colorful market, the markets in Guatemala were positively bursting at the scene with color. The photos below were taken at the famous Chichicastenango Market, on the steps of the Santo Tomas Church on a Sunday:
Of course, local people buy other goods, too.