Basswood at San Francisco El Alto Market

This last week Basswood went to San Francisco El Alto market in Guatemala. He said it is the biggest market in Central America. Last night he sent me several pictures that I thought you might enjoy.

Animal Market San Francisco El Alto
Animal Market San Francisco El Alto

 

San Francisco El Alto Sheep market
San Francisco El Alto Sheep market

 

Cows at San Francisco El Alto
Cows at San Francisco El Alto

 

 

 

Market
Market
Market
Market

 

Wikipedia says the following about San Francisco El Alto Guatemala: "Today the local economy thrives on the hundreds of small family-owned and operated clothing fabricators, with the result that clothing exports now exceeds the traditional 'Big Three' of coffee, sugar and bananas. One result of the Civil War was the mass-emigration of Indigenous Maya to the United States and a massive influx of 'remesas' (electronic remittances) to their families, with the result that for several years, over 50% of the country's economy was cash remittances to the Indigenous Maya.

"Since people of purer Spanish descent were less likely to emigrate and receive refugee status, the balance of economical and political power has sharply shifted from Spanish domination to increased opportunities for the industrious Maya. This can be seen from the bustling textile market days that fill the entire urban area of San Francisco El Alto, making it a favorite tourist destination." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_El_Alto