Newcomers to Guatemala may be unfamiliar with the term paca. It literally translates to “bale” in English. Bales of items are shipped to Guatemala and sold in paca stores throughout the country: most items come from the USA and Canada. A paca can be as small as an individual selling clothing in a heap on a table or as big as the chain paca stores where items are sorted and priced.

While most pacas sell clothing and footwear, you’ll find plenty of household items, baby stuff, toys, and even sporting goods.

Many pacas put out signs to let customers know when they’ll be opening a new bale for a new selection of items.

Pacas typically don’t have names, and their locations are described based on what they’re near.

Paca next to Batres
4.00 (2 reviews)
Calle Principal, Panajachel, Guatemala

Probably Panajachel’s largest paca. Downstairs are shoes and a large selection of dishes, glassware, cookware, and other household items. Upstairs are clothing and baby items such as strollers. You will also find toys, bicycles, and other sporting goods.

Paca across from playground
Calle Principal, Panajachel, Guatemala

This three-room paca has clothing, footwear, household items, and toys.

Located on the Calle Principal, across the street from the Centro de Salud and the playground.

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