Holy cow, it's huge. The market takes place only on Sundays, starting early in the morning, and ending around two in the afternoon. It is located at the western end of Lopez Portillo Avenue in Cancun near one of the many Chedraui Grocery Stores, and across the street from the bright orange building of a company called Arcelor Mittal. We wandered up and down a mere handful of the dozens of streets encompassing the marketplace.
We were quickly engulfed in dense crowds of shoppers shuffling past countless tiny impromptu stores, with merchants shouting out inducements to buy their wares. It reminded me of market day in a French village!
|Dog kibble and eggs for sale|
|One of many stalls selling fresh fish|
Other market stalls offered a variety of fresh fish, likely caught the previous night by the large boats that we see in the evenings, fishing just east of our island. A number of stalls sold small plastic sacks of dry dog food, scooped from the fifty-pound bags, enough to feed the family dog for a day or two. Keeping open pet food around longer than that is like putting out the welcome mat for cockroaches and their extended families to set up housekeeping.
In between the numerous stalls are tiny restaurants of three or four tables, cooking wonderfully aromatic meals. The big challenge is there are no public washrooms anywhere in this vast area of private homes and impromptu stores - but for about 30 cents, a number of the home owners will let you use their bathrooms. Just keep an eye out for the signage.
|Flowers and furniture!|
We'll return on another Sunday.
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