Morales Shopping Trip
20 November 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Susan / mostly cloudy, showers, 80 degrees F
One of the new things here this season is a semi-organized group shopping trip to the nearby larger town of Morales. One is gotten together approx every other week. We’ve never been to Morales so we signed up to go on this mornings trip. Cost: Q.35 per person round trip. (As a comparison the local mini-buses that run between Fronteras & Morales depart every 8 minutes for a cost of Q.12 however they are jam-packed, sorry looking vehicles; we’ve never taken one.)
A mid-sized bus departs at 9am from one of the other marinas carrying 25 of us cruisers. The bus is clean, the seats are reasonably comfortable and they’ll be room for our purchases without having them crammed under our seats, between our feet, on our laps and so on. A good start. It takes a little less than an hour to travel to Morales. First stop: funky bits-of-everything small shop. Second stop: hardware store. Third stop: farmacia. 4th stop: Mega Dispensa (grocery store) Final stop: Morales’ open-air market area. At 1:30pm, we’ve all purchased what there is to get on our lists, and we head back.
What did we find in Morales that couldn’t be found in Fronteras? Not much. The only place Jerry & I make purchases is the Mega Dispensa. The selection & cost of dairy products is better than Fronteras’ selection of various sized shops. I snatch the last 2 bags of fresh spinach and a container of mushrooms, two items not found in Fronteras. Perhaps the biggest find aside from the previous two items is Bounty-brand paper towels (local brand ones are worthless). Other than that, meh. The shopping excursion was a good thing to do once.