Just before the climb into the Cuchumatanes, you'll come across the village of Chiantla, the former seat of the municipality, now practically a suburb of Huehuetenango. Its church holds the Virgen del Rosario, a silver statue donated by the owner of a local mine. The virgin is believed to have mystical healing powers and people come from all over the country to seek her assistance. The main date for the pilgrimage is February 2, when the town packs out with supplicants and the infirm.
Also in the church are some interesting murals painted in the 1950s, showing local Maya having miraculous experiences while working in the silver mines.
Another 4km on from Chiantla, El Mirador Juan Diéguez Olaverri overlooks Huehuetenango from a point up in the Cuchumatanes. On a clear day it offers a great view of the entire region and many volcanoes. Mounted on plaques here is the poem, A Los Cuchumatanes, penned by the lookout point's namesake. Local kids will recite it to you for a tip.