It would be a colorful shopping extravaganza.
Chichi Market in Chichicastenango
The first section was apparently the poultry department; dozens of vendors had there chickens, turkeys and ducks in baskets trying to convince folks that their product was a better buy.
A couple ladies were even selling tiny kittens for pets.
Either way, you are bound to find a souvenir.
We carried on through the central place to the steps of the 400 year old Iglesia de Santo Tomás church, which on this Sunday was covered in flower vendors. They shared these steps with the stray dogs who made themselves comfortable amongst the bouquets. Many of the flowers bought here today would be taken to the nearby cemetery to pay respects to the deceased.
We entered the church through the side door, as the front doors are reserved for locals and church officials. Inside we caught a baptism in progress, a dozen little ones all dressed in white waiting to get blessed.
Photogenic and mouth watering.
While hiking the Pacaya volcano just the day before, I fell in love with a local delicacy sold by a trail vendor. The orange con pepita (oranges with crushed pumpkin seed) was delicious and I knew that my souvenir from Chichi market was going to be some crushed pepitas because the taste of them could not possibly be duplicated in America. With the help of our guide and the two security guards who followed us around the market, I found a vendor who sold what I was looking for.
I bought 1/4 pound for 10 Quetzal ($1.30 USD). An edible souvenir.
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My trip to Guatemala was hosted by Visit Guatemala, but all opinions are my own.