Momostenango delivers a one-two punch with its Sunday Market & Los Ricos – see why it makes a fantastic day trip from Xela, Guatemala.

Momostenango Sunday Market

To us here at DIY Travel HQ Momostenango’s Sunday market seemed very tame.

It was also a lot more village oriented than larger San Francisco de Alto Friday market.

The streets were less jammed, a live band performed in the gazebo, and people were able to chat.

Even the young shoe shiners got the chance to converse with each other.

Momostenango Market Shoe Shiner Convention

It’s a shame these boys need to work, but at least they have some time to just be kids.

Villagers from all around still arrived in droves, but at a less frantic pace than other weekly markets.

Momostenango Market Local Villagers

Markets take over whole villages making traffic a nightmare. Take public transportation instead.

Apparently the action was so slow for these spice traders that both of them decided to take a nap.

Momostenango Market Spice Vendors Sleeping on the Job

Apparently yawning isn’t the only thing contagious.

Even the young boy selling his landline minutes thought the market was rather drab.

Momostenango Market Landline Salesman

I guess this little boy didn’t hear. There is this new invention called a cell phone.

The most excited vendors were selling wool blankets.

They would literally stop whatever they were doing, and run up to any foreigners passing by.

I’m not sure how many tourists have blanket shopping on their Guatemala itinerary but it probably only takes one for them to have a good day.

Momostenango Market Blankets and Baskets

The wool blanket vendors were the only ones showing life at Momostenango Sunday Market.

Compared to Guatemalan outfits, the blanket designs seemed very bland though.

Momostenango Market Wool Blankets

Who’s up for a wool blanket?

One vendor must be kicking themselves after putting all their eggs in one basket.

They only had one customer when we walked by!

Momostenango Market Egg Vendor

Is there such a thing as a crazy chicken lady? I can’t imagine how many chickens it takes to lay this many eggs.

Other shoppers seemed happy just giving their pets a walk.

Perhaps when no one is watching, they steal some food on the floor. Such pigs!

Momostenango Market Walking Pigs

One little piggy…two little piggy…three little piggy went to the market.

Tucked away near the end of a market’s spoke were a collection of dolls that have seen better days.

Momostenango Market Dolls

These could be props for the next horror movie!

Hopefully, whoever purchases one takes it to church to see a priest to remove the evil spirits.

Momostenango Church Interior

The red drapes add a nice touch to this church’s interior.

Los Riscos in Momostenango

If you plan on coming to Momostenango for the Sunday market anyhow, then Los Riscos are an added bonus.

A short 5 minute walk uphill, and you are there.

These pillars were created by wind and water, as rain helped erode away the lose sediment surrounding the sandstone.

Momostenango Los Riscos and Sign

Los Riscos are a bonus on a visit to Momostenango.

Los Riscos are not as big as the Putangirua Pinnacles in New Zealand where part of Lord of the Rings was filmed, but pleasant nonetheless.

Momostenango Los Riscos Spikes

An excellent example of erosion from wind and water.

You have two distinct sides to admire.

The left side is more polished, and provides an excellent opportunity for photos.

Momostenango Los Riscos and Sheena

Paint these pillars red and it could be Mars.

Meanwhile, the right side is more rugged and red in color.

You can even see the angled strata layers that have emerged over time.

Momostenango Los Riscos and Tree

Can you see the different beds of rock in the pillars?

Momostenango Food

It is possible to get the normal Guatemalan street food while walking around the market.

This includes fried chicken with fries (Q10 / $1.35), tacos (3 for Q10 / $1.35), and set meals (Q15 / $2.05).

Outside the market, we also found ceviche for Q10-20 / $1.35-$2.70 depending on size.

We found the small size was ample, and delicious.

Momostenango Market Ceviche

Mmm…ceviche!

For dessert, you can try a frozen chocolate banana dipped in peanuts (Q1 / $0.15).

Momostenango Market Chocolate Coated Frozen Banana Dipped in Peanuts

It’s a bit weird eating a frozen banana, but still a healthy all natural snack.

Those with a sweet tooth may find the candy stalls to their liking.

Momostenango Market Candy Land

Take me to the candy shop.

The really adventurous can try the candy oranges in the mystery sauce.

We weren’t brave enough to try these so early in the morning.

Momostenango Market Candy Oranges

Candy oranges…the best thing I haven’t tried? I’ll never know.

How to Get to Momostenango

Transportation to Momostenango (Q7 / $0.95) is straightforward.

Catch a chicken bus from Minerva Terminal in Quetzaltenango (Xela) in the 2nd line from the left. Walk back from the front so you catch the earliest one departing.

Los Riscos are currently not listed on Maps.me so I have included a pinned map (15:02:36.63N, 91:24:11.11W) to help you find them on your own.

Momostenago Los Riscos Map Location

Compare the pin to your map to figure out where Los Riscos are.

Otherwise, you can take a tuk-tuk for Q5 / $0.70 and walk back.

They are about 5 minutes from town on foot.

Momostenango Market Tuk Tuk

It’s amazing how many countries have adopted the tuk tuk.

 

***The Final Word – Momostenango still ranks after San Francisco de Alto for markets around Quetzaltenango (Xela), but are nice to combine with a visit to Los Riscos ***

Would you buy a wool blanket at the Momostenango market?!

4 Shovels

Easy DIY travel outside city centres using public transport

Visited in August 2016