Shrine of Virgen del Rosario

Western Highlands

This statue of the Virgin Mary (also known as Virgen de Candelaria) clad entirely in locally-mined silver, is a big draw for local Catholics. She 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.

Her powder blue shrine is at the rear of the Catholic church on the main square. Note the murals of the Virgin's miracles, along with a conquistador overseeing the Maya working in the silver mine. Donations are welcome to help with restoration from recent earthquake damage.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Western Highlands attractions

1. Parque Central

2.46 MILES

Huehuetenango's main square is shaded by cylindrical ficus trees and surrounded by the town's imposing buildings: the municipalidad (with a band shell on…

2. Catedral de Huehuetenango

2.46 MILES

Also known as the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Huehue's neoclassical cathedral was built of adobe and stone in the mid-19th century, possibly atop…

3. Municipalidad

2.47 MILES

The town hall serves as both seat of government and entertainment center: a striking band shell is built into the balcony.

4. Zaculeu

2.72 MILES

A remnant of the Mam capital, the Zaculeu archaeological zone was 'restored' by the United Fruit Company in the 1940s, leaving its pyramids, ball courts…

5. El Mirador


This viewpoint is 4km uphill from Chiantla. It's worth the steep climb on switchback roads for the absolutely stupendous views. On a clear day you can…

6. Museo Balam

14.14 MILES

Todos Santos' museum is on a hilly rise on the eastern edge of town. The small but fascinating collection of outfits and masks, traditional kitchen…

7. Iglesia Todos Santos

14.45 MILES

Todos Santos' Catholic church is a modest whitewashed affair, but it's worth popping in to see the beautiful painted wooden ceiling, with its brightly…

8. Iglesia San Pedro

20.78 MILES

This immense new church with two basilicas dominates the centre of Soloma – its immense gaudy statues on the exterior of the Virgin, St Peter and recent…