Post by kerouac2 on May 27, 2018 18:48:30 GMT
On Thursday and Sunday, Chichicastenango reputedly holds the largest market in Central America in the heart of Mayan country. It is about 140km from Guatemala City, nestled among the mountains at an altitude of about 2000m.
I had seen some impressive markets in Mexico, but I have to say "Wow" about this one.
We had to stop on the road for breakfast. Apparently, only the poorest people eat breakfast at home.
This is what I actually ordered -- the most typical Guatemalan breakfast: scrambled eggs with capiscum, frijoles refritos with taco chips and fried plantain bananas. Okay, but it has not become a favourite.
I always find the road to anywhere interesting.
The name for tuktuk in Guatemala is tuktuk.
After a few hours on the (not very good) road, we finally arrived in town. The roads have a lot of cracks from earthquakes with resultant potholes. Car weave right and left as needed to avoid the bad spots. This gets complicated when there is a lot of traffic. I was very happy to not be driving, especially when we finally arrived in Chichicastenango which was steep and chaotic, with apparently no driving rules except on the (ignored) signs but also some traffic police to direct people to places in contradiction of the signs. Luckily, my friends had been there before several times and pretty much knew where to go, including a friendly parqueo where we could leave the car for a small fee.
Finally on foot, it was time to discover the market.