One of my favourite things about travelling is experiencing the different cultures around the world. Upon entering Guatemala it was immediately clear that this was a country rich in culture.
From Tikal to Lanquin, Antigua to Lake Atitlan, and Chichicastenango to el Paredon every town although different from the last was similar in terms of their commitment to cultural values and strong appreciation for their Mayan history.
Exploring local markets has been the best way we have been able to experience a new town's culture. Every place we visit, no matter how big or small, has a local market, and the largest market in all of Central America is in Chichicastenango, Guatemala. Every Thursday and Sunday people flock from all over the country to sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and handmade goods. The men and women are dressed in intricate hand-embroidered clothing, all with the distinct colours and designs unique to their region/town - it’s truly an experience to see.
After four hours of exploring we left with a few Christmas gifts, full stomaches, great conversations and best of all seven beautiful pieces of Jade. The powerful green colour will forever remind me of the natural beauty of this country.