We arrived late on Tuesday afternoon, so one of our first outings was to the Wednesday market. It’s a busy outdoor market that sells all kinds of merchandise to tourists and local residents alike.

Wednesday market

When I was in Mexico many years ago, tourists were expected to haggle with market sellers over the price. Now haggling is not really done, at least not in Lake Chapala. In fact, the few times I tried a bit of haggling the sellers seemed to get offended so I gave that up quickly.

I just had to buy a small rug from the sellers below even without a discount. The family members raise their own sheep, dye and spin the wool, then hand weave it into colorful, high quality rugs. The rugs were too beautiful to pass up.

Wednesday market rug sellers

Beauty products made with … is that snail slime listed on their sign?!

Sign with snail slime

We headed out to explore, but first we had to make one more stop.

Hat seller

That $30 price for a hat is 30 pesos, not 30 dollars. A hat cost about $1.80 US. Of course we each had to get one. The hats were great for blocking the sun and we wore them most days.

Us in hats 1

Now that we had released some of our cash into the Mexican economy, our hosts / tour guides Earl and John were ready to take us to look at the local neighborhoods – coming up next.