Pastores’ central park, and touring the rolling and hilly streets, framed buy the region’s green highlands, we set out to find a pair of cowboy boots.

Back down to the boot strip we went. Here we found boot makers at their sewing machines surrounded by the wares they produce and which give the town its well-deserved reputation as the boot capital of this part of Guatemala.

We were delighted that we were the only gringo tourists visiting that afternoon. The rest of the visitors were Guatemalans trying on boots and shoes (the ladies) and bartering for footwear bargains.

Prices for most of the cowboy boots started at 450 Quetzales, most can be negotiated down by about 50 to 100 Q. So a great pair of boots could be had for the equivalent of about $40 to $45 USD.

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