Solola Market in Guatemala
When I was travelling through Guatemala, my travel buddies and I made it a point to go and visit. We took a local bus from Panajachel where we were staying. The bus ride in itself was already quite the cultural experience as I was sitting to a Mayan woman holding a couple of caged chickens in her lap and a baby strapped to her back and my friends were sandwiched between a goat and a ferocious looking Mayan Cowboy.
The market town is centred around a the main square which is watched over by the Torre Centro Americano. It overlooks Lake Atitlan and boasts views of the San Pedro volcano. On Tuesdays and Fridays it's market day and people from all over the area, travel to Solola to buy food, shop around for new clothes and get up to speed with the latest gossip. And the great thing is: Hardly any gringos around.
We walked around for hours, tasting a piece of fruit here and there, sampling hot local dishes and chatting to the vendors. Still reeling from all the sensory impressions, we hopped back on the bus back to Panjachel. We all agreed that our little Solola Market excursions was a success and one that would probably overshadow many a market visit in the future.