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Address: Town Centre, Solola, Guatemala
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Authentic Market

Our guide Carlos took us to this local market on our way to Lake Atitilan. We were able to mingle with the local people doing their daily shopping. It was very colourful and... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Our guide Carlos took us to this local market on our way to Lake Atitilan. We were able to mingle with the local people doing their daily shopping. It was very colourful and interesting. A good insight into daily life.

1 Thank joni101
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

On Tuesdays and Fridays Solola is a busy market place. A lot of people in beautiful cloth come from outlying villages to the market. From Pana its 15 minutes by chickenbus ( Q3) to Solola. Its an covered market and they sell everything you name. Its also nice to have a little walk in the city centre. Chicken buses leave... More 

Thank berendino
Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

If you want to see dead Mayans, go to Tikal; but for the real Mayan experience you should visit one of Atitlan villages. Solola is one of the best, with authentic people, traditions and culture. The market is very attractive, with lots of traditional things, food and so on. It's much more convenient than Chichicastenango market and rather cheaper. The... More 

3 Thank Anton F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

You pass through Sololá on the way to or from Panajachel. Not many visitors stop off here but it is worth a visit. This daily market is brimming with gorgeous mayan textiles for mayans (not tourists). In fact you could find yourself the only foreigner there. Great place to observe local mayan men, women and children in traditional clothing going... More 

Thank norahlang
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

This is a market for the locals but is great to see. Lots of fruits and vegetables, breads, and lots of things you just don't need! Worth the visit!

2 Thank 1scottie1
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Sololá is about 15 minutes from Panajachel, on Lake Atitlán. It’s bustling and crowded, mostly with locals going about their shopping in a no-nonsense fashion. This is an authentic market in the middle of a predominantly Mayan-descent town. The odors of food can be overwhelming, and walking on rough surfaces amidst throngs of people zipping about can be daunting. I... More 

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Port St Lucie, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

Larger than most markets, there's a bit of everything here: produce, meats, live animals, take-out food, clothing. You can buy colorful strips of fabric, and have them woven for you to any design of your choosing. I wanted to buy a set of barettes, but had left my money on the tour bus - the vendor offered to trade for... More 

1 Thank Quasimama
Panajachel, Guatemala
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

If you want to see a huge, authentic, indigenous Mayan market, this is the one. You can wander around for a long time and see just about anything for sale. Fairly light and clean, as markets go. Easy to get great photos, not scared of foreigners. My pro local tip: The market is open everyday, but Tuesday and Friday are... More 

2 Thank GregPJensen
Blythewood, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015

This is the BEST Maya market in all of the Maya world. This market doesn't setup for tourist. (That's one of the main reasons I LOVE it.....It's REAL.) I go to this market every time I return to Guate. The most tipico dress and warm, wonderful people. Try to visit on the town's saint day, normally in the middle of... More 

3 Thank DarkWaterCalls
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Solola is one of the largest Mayan cities in Guatemala. This market is called one of the best in Central America. There are many colorfully dressed locals selling meat, vegetables, fruit, housewares, and clothing.

1 Thank Judi L

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