Set on a natural balcony overlooking Lake Atitlan, Solola’s Tuesday and Friday market is one of Central America’s finest, drawing crowds of traditionally dressed Mayans from all over the highlands.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:45 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

The distinctive colours and patterns of the Mayan clothing show where the different groups of people have come from, and this is an extremely authentic experience.

You won't find any stalls selling the usual tourist masks and crafts though, rather goods needed by local inhabitants such as food, shoes, tools and traditional clothing.

If you can't make it on a market day, it is still worth a visit to this town as the views across Lake Atitlan to the surrounding volcanoes are spectacular. If you can be there on a Sunday, try to catch the local church dignitaries parading ceremoniously through the streets to the Cathedral.


Original Highlight

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With fewer tourists than many of the more famous markets in the country, a visit to Solala should be a more raw and authentic insight into Mayan life.

Saskia, Original Traveller

Where to stay

Hotel Atitlan

Hotel Atitlan

The welcoming rooms in this converted family coffee farm are individually decorated with traditional Guatemalan textiles and furniture.

Casa Palopó

Casa Palopó

90 miles from Guatemala City, Casa Palopó is a beautiful villa built on the hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village, on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

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