The Highlands 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…
Clothing in Quetzaltenango


Outlet shop for the women's empowerment association AMA (highland women's association), Pixan sells beautiful high quality textiles and clothing produced by Maya weavers, often in collaboration with international de…
Shopping Center in Quetzaltenango

Pasaje Enríquez

On the west side of the park, Pasaje Enríquez is an imposing but gorgeous arcade built in 1896 after a structure in Florence, Italy, housing an assortment of travel agencies, language institutes, cafes and bars.
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.
Clothing in Zunil

Cooperativa Santa Ana

Half a block downhill from the church plaza, this handicrafts cooperative is made up of more than 600 local women. Finely woven vests, jackets and traditional huipiles (from Q400) are displayed and sold here. You ca…
Arts & Crafts in San Juan La Laguna


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…
Market in Quetzaltenango

Mercado La Democracia

For one of Xela's more intense everyday marketing experiences, hit the Mercado La Democracia, about 10 blocks north of Parque Centro América in Zona 3, with food, clothing, CDs and other necessities for city dweller…
Arts & Crafts in Nebaj

Mercado de Artesanías

The numerous vendor stalls here offer well-made rebozos (scarves), cintas (the pom-pommed braid woven into Ixil women's hair) and huipiles, which can cost anywhere from Q300 to Q3000, depending on quality.
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.