Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
July 9, 2002
This street market opens early, around 8:00AM, and closes at 2:00PM. In those few hours, the locals stock up on everything from laundry soap and cereal to squash blossoms and fresh figs, while they socialize and gossip. Seasonal ripe fruits and veggies are piled high for you to choose, and everything is ripe and ready for the table: REAL tomatoes, pineapples like you never tasted before, mangos in red-gold heaps.
If you're letting the local restaurants do your vacation cooking, come to the tianguis for the artisans: pure wool rugs from Oaxaca, hand-embroidered blouses, bags, and belts from Chiapas, heavy sterling silver from Taxco, Michoacán clay pots for show or kitchen use, Huichol beadwork jewelry and MORE.
Wear your sturdy walking shoes; the cobblestones can be tricky. And prepare to see what you came to Mexico to enjoy: real life at its best, here in the marketplace.
From journal AJIJIC: Fiesta and Siesta