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Top Choice Vegetarian in San Cristóbal El Alto

Restaurant Cerro San Cristóbal

Contender for the slow-food star of the Antigua area, this restaurant puts its own organically grown produce on the table. Giant salads are loaded with avocados, nasturtiums, greens and herbs from the surrounding ga…
Museum in Jocotenango

Centro Cultural La Azotea

A sprawling coffee plantation outside Jocotenango, La Azotea features a complex of three museums. The Museo del Café covers the history and process of coffee cultivation; the Casa K'ojom holds a superb collection of…
Museum in Ciudad Vieja & Around

Casa del Tejido Antiguo

This space is like a museum, market and workshop all rolled into one, with exhibits on regional outfits and daily demonstrations of backstrap weaving techniques. Founder Alicia Pérez, an indigenous Kaqchiquel woman,…
Gardens in San Cristóbal El Alto

Cerro San Cristóbal

Perched on a hillside overlooking the Panchoy valley, this is a well-managed organic farm that's packed with small pleasures. Tours are given of a medicinal plant garden, neatly arrayed plots of organic veggies and …
Museum in San Juan Comalapa

Museo de Arte Maya

The museum is mostly a showcase for the work of painter Julián Gabriel, whose canvasses go beyond the usual scenes of daily life to portray an apocalyptic vision of the future. There's also a gallery of historic pho…
Gallery in San Juan Comalapa

Galería de Arte Gabriel

Two blocks south of the main plaza, this attractive old house contains the studio and gallery of a prominent Comalapa painter, Iván Gabriel. The artist's son, Wilder, is well-versed in Comalapa's history and legends…
Guatemalan in San Juan Comalapa

Rinkoncito Chapin

The best choice for food is this friendly establishment south along the main street with polished log tables and a brilliant panorama of the surrounding hills from the rear window. Grilled steaks and seafood are its…
Church in San Juan Comalapa

Iglesia San Juan Bautista

In 1976 a major earthquake caused widespread devastation in Comalapa and took the lives of 3500 inhabitants. The Iglesia San Juan Bautista, the town's oldest church and a survivor of four previous quakes, was mostly…
Church in Jocotenango

Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Aloof from the traffic of Jocotenango's main thoroughfare stands the church, as it has for centuries, its peach facade graced by baroque columns and elaborate stucco behind elaborate gardens and a majestic ceiba tre…