Guatemala’s highlands abound with thriving marketplaces. However, here I present a group of photos solely of Xela´s market, La Democracia. It is a busy market every day of the week. Likewise, I know those who sell there. They come from the Boca Costa of Quetzaltenango with their bananas, plantains, pacaya, and papaya. Others bring fruits from towns within the Southern Coast.
Women from Zunil and Almolonga (the mecca of the vegetable) travel the short distance to Xela to sell vegetables of amazing proportion. Others from small communities within Xela bring vegetables of smaller size but of fresher quality. Flower women from Las Majadas are in attendance. Fish mongers travel early from Champerico. Almost all present speak k’iche’, but it is still a diverse group.