There are several handicrafts stores lining Calle Centroamérica, on the south side of the island. For more modern needs, there are two shopping malls nearby.
Mundo Maya International Mall, just across the way in Santa Elena and immediately east of the causeway, was still being built at time of publication. Construction suffered setbacks due to a controversy unleashed when a swampy segment of the lakeshore was filled in to make room for construction. The project has a hefty price tag of $40 million, making it the largest single investment in Petén to date.
It may be finished by publication time, and should include a grocery store and movie theaters. The first phase of the project, an adjacent Burger King and Pollo Campero outlet, are already up and running.
Metroplaza (9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily) lies across the road from Mundo Maya International Airport and has a Pizza Hut, electronics stores, a travel agency, and a pharmacy among its stores.
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