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Shopping Overview - Shopping Antigua - Guatemala

If you like to shop and prefer to do it all in one place, Antigua is the perfect town. Seemingly designed with shoppers in mind, you can find everything here for which Guatemala is famous. Jade, traditional textiles, pottery, furniture, Mayan masks, coffee, chocolate and that´s just the tip of the iceberg. Catering to all types of traveler, most shops and markets are located with five blocks of Parque Central, usually open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., every day. Credit cards, Quetzals and US dollars are generally accepted everywhere.

To avoid unfavorable exchange rates, pay with the currency that the price is quoted in. Bartering is normal procedure for anything other than day to day items e.g. toothpaste, fruit. The trick is to discover rough prices from other sellers before you start on your chosen item. Maintain a look of complete disinterest and even walk away, prices can drop by as much as half! Keep it fun and remember that in the end, both of you should feel like you got a good deal. Even in fixed priced shops its worth asking for a discount.

Antigua, Guatemala


Museo/Casa del Tejido and El Reino del Jade .

By Kathryn
Independent and optimistic, I believe in following your dreams and have been doing just that, traveling the world for the last 9 years. British by...
01 Sep 2009

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