29.10.2011 - 31.10.2011 20 °C
After spending a week in Panajachel learning the basics of the Spanish language, we headed to the small city of Chichicastenango for the big Sunday market
To get there we had to back track from Pana, and after several boat and bus rides we crashed at the first and best hostel. The second we layed down on the bed for a little power nap, a band started playing on the street just outside the hostel. Anyone who has ever been to Central America knows that when it comes to volume, there are only two options; max or off. With napping out of the question we sat on the roof top balcony and watched the show
Locals getting their dance on
Chichi cemetery seen from the roof top
Despite the spectacle on the street we crashed pretty early as we had to get up early the next morning wanting to hit the market before the tour buses rolled in.
Having been to a few smaller markets in Guatemala we (Anne) already had an extensive shopping list. After trailing the market for hours, with almost all the items on the list ticked off, we watched the stall owners pack up their stuff and head back home. A couple of hours after the market was over the city returned to its sleepiness, and as the cold set in we decided to call it an early night and head to Antigua the following morning.