Shopping

Market in Sololá

Sololá Market

Sololá's market is one of the most vivid in the highlands. The sprawling Mercado Mayoreo (wholesale market) uphill of the Parque Centroamérica serves the function. On Tuesday and Friday mornings the building is abla…
Arts & Crafts in Panajachel

Oxlajuj B'atz'

Supporting an NGO for the empowerment of indigenous women, this fair-trade shop features beautiful naturally dyed rugs, handbags, hand-woven goods and beaded jewelry. Pick up a bar of locally-made chocolate while yo…
Books in Panajachel

Libros del Lago

Refreshingly good stock of books in English and Spanish on Guatemala, the Maya and Mesoamerica, plus maps and Latin American literature in English.
Arts & Crafts in San Juan La Laguna

Lema

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…
Arts & Crafts in Sololá

Mercado de Artesanías

This small but excellent market on the upper level of the town hall displays beautiful huipiles, beadwork, bags and other crafts produced by a cooperative of 30 indigenous groups from around Sololá department.
Clothing in San Pedro La Laguna

Grupo Ecológico Teixchel

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.
Arts & Crafts in Panajachel

Comerciales de Artesanías Típicas Tinamit Maya

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.
Shopping Center in Panajachel

Centro Comercial El Dorado

This small shopping center by the main junction contains cafes and a nightclub, as well as a variety of everyday stores.