Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. While an enormous new market building is under construction in front of the cathedral, the sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market), 10 blocks north (up…
Displays the innovative clothing and jewelry of Guatemalan designer Ana Kayax, produced by indigenous weavers and craftspeople from around Guatemala. There's a story behind every item sold here.
Excellent stock of books in English and other tongues on Guatemala, the Maya and Mesoamerica, plus maps and Latin American literature in English.
Be sure to browse the many stalls of this extensive handicrafts market, which has an impressive variety of bags, clothing, blankets, belts and hammocks. More booths line up along the beach end of Calle Santander.
This is a Tz'utujil women's collective that sells fair-trade woven goods and offers weaving classes for Q30 per hour (not including materials). It's about 150m uphill from the Pana dock toward the center of town.
Supporting an NGO for the empowerment of indigenous women, this fair-trade shop features naturally dyed rugs, handbags, hand-woven goods and beaded jewelry.
Eclectic selection of fiction and nonfiction run by a well-read gringo; also features a lending library.
This small shop in the center of town is run by a cooperative of women seeking to reclaim the tradition of using natural dyes. Using ancestral techniques, they extract dyes from tree bark, vegetables, coconut shells…
On the upper level of the town hall is this small but excellent market, displaying beautiful huipiles, beadwork, bags and other crafts produced by a cooperative of 30 indigenous groups from around Sololá department.
Aside from having the town's most reliable ATM, this little shopping center along the main drag is also headquarters for Pana's top paragliding outfit.