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"The Gritty Side of Smooth Antigua" Markets Tip by calcaf38

Markets, Antigua Guatemala: 8 reviews and 14 photos

When you've had enough of the elegance of Antigua, it's time to check out the market. The market is situated at the Western end of town, near a particularly raucous bus terminal. The market is particularly colorful on Saturdays in the morning. The area behind the market, where the best looking buses are parked, seems a bit iffy safety-wise. This is where I got the only odd looks I received in my whole trip. I would not advise a female traveler to explore the area behind the market alone.

There is nothing to buy there for travelers (the souvenir laden Mercado de Artesanias is next door). And you have to "steal" your photos a bit, if you see what I mean. Do buy one CD by Fidel Funes, king of the marimba, to play back home on a cold commute. The CDs look bootlegged, but they work.

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  • Updated Dec 30, 2006
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