If you travel eighty-five miles from Guatemala City, you'll find Sololá, a mountain highland city with a large urban center where most residents continue to don traditional Mayan clothing. The popular Lake Atitlan covers much of Sololá's area, while the surrounding mountains house various village and rural communities.
This Thursday, August 15, marks Nim-Akij
Sololá, a celebration of folklore and tradition in Sololá. It translates
to "Grand Day of Sololá" and is a large festival in the region. It is known as a larger version of the large regional markets held throughout the week in the city.
A well-known market is held in the city's center every Tuesday and Friday, while smaller ones take place every other day. The stands are filled with simple personal items, such as shoes and household basics like toothpaste, as well as with produce, meat, traditional Mayan clothing, and flowers. While the markets are geared more directly toward locals rather than tourists, the traditional colorful dress seen throughout the aisles sets an authentic scene.
Do you have a favorite foreign market place? What is your most treasured foreign find?