In Mexico, a market is more than just a market. It is an explosion of colour, a social hub, a place to while away the hours. Countless stalls accommodate for every need, from fruit and vegetables to clothes, curtains, children’s toys, and stereo systems. The narrow alleyways are abuzz with activity as men, women and children rush around, trading goods and greetings. The sound of haggling duels fills the air.
Mexico is by no means undiscovered. The country welcomes millions of visitors each year, many returning to a country they love. People are drawn by the excellent food, a rich history and, at present, a struggling peso. Sandwiched between the US and Central America, Mexico tends to attract retired Americans from the north and beach-hungry backpackers from the south. These two groups rarely collide. To make a sweeping generalisation, the older generation seeks history and relics of Mexico’s indigenous and colonial past, whereas the backpacker stays near the cluster of countries beyond the southern border, enticed by the varied and colourful passport stamps. Time and budget constraints often hinder exploration.