The “Plaza de Mercado de Paloquemao” is one of the biggest markets in Bogotá. The idea was 43 years ago to combine all markets in one place. Today it is not the only one, but really typical and offers a great diversity of different products. Fish, meat, flowers, handicrafts, all kind of fruits are just some of the products. (Later this week i will write about what I bought). The fish is prepared fresh in front of your eyes. All different kinds of meat are available and are presented in the small corridors. The smell and the noise are from part to part very different on the market. Sometimes it is really loud and sticky, few steps further it is calm and smells like fresh flowers and spicery.
The market is opened every day from 3 am in the morning till midday. It is recommended to go in the morning about 7 am to experience the living market. Enjoy the negotiations between costumers and retailers and the screaming of the dealers leading attention to their products.
It is disadvised to visit the market on mondays, because there are the least retailers and products. So there are also not many people to enjoy the spectacle.