Places in Western Highlands
Often used as a stopoff on the journey to or from Mexico, or as a staging area for forays deeper into the Cuchumatanes mountain range, Huehuetenango offers few charms of its own, though some may appreciate its welcoming if scruffy character. Fortunately, 'Huehue' (way-way) packs in plenty of eating and sleeping options along with some striking mountain scenery.
The beautiful volcanic country around Xela offers up numerous exciting day trips. For many, the volcanoes themselves pose irresistible challenges. You can feast your eyes and soul on the wild church at San Andrés Xecul, hike to the ceremonial shores of Laguna Chicabal, or soak in the idyllic hot springs at Fuentes Georginas.
Tours and activities
Quetzaltenango and Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs from Panajachel
Visit Quetzaltenango and the Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs. High in the Western Highlands and a spectacular drive. Tour the historic downtown and visit the cathedral, central park, government buildings, and theater...
Tips and articles
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