Attractions

Museum in Quetzaltenango

Museo de Arte

An interesting if chaotic collection of some 400 paintings by Guatemala's leading modernists is exhibited here, including works by Efraín Recinos, Jorge Mazariegos and the landscape artist José Luis Álvarez. Most pr…
Museum in Quetzaltenango

Museo Ixkik'

This museum is devoted to Maya weaving, with traditional outfits arranged by region. Director Raquel García is an expert on the symbols and meanings of indigenous clothing and provides interesting commentary.
Zoo in Quetzaltenango

Parque Zoológico Minerva

About 2km northwest of Parque Centro América is this zoo/city park with spider monkeys, coyotes, turtles, gray foxes and numerous tropical birds, plus a few rides for children. The entrance is around the corner from…
Museum in Quetzaltenango

Museo de Historia Natural

The natural history museum holds a hodgepodge of Maya artifacts, vintage photos, dried leaves, old coins, marimbas, sports trophies, stuffed mammals and birds, all displayed in cases reminiscent of elementary school…
Museum in Quetzaltenango

Museo del Ferrocarril de los Altos

This museum covers the ambitious rail project that connected Quetzaltenango to the Pacific coast but operated for just three years, from 1930 to 1933. Though the exhibit is woefully neglected, there's still plenty t…
Cultural Center in Quetzaltenango

Centro Intercultural de Quetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango's railroad station, 1km east of the Templo de Minerva along 4a Calle, lay dormant for years until the city converted it into this center, which now houses schools of art and dance, plus three interest…
Plaza in Quetzaltenango

Parque Centro América

Most of Xela's sights crowd in and around the broad central plaza. The original version, designed by Italian architect Alberto Porta in the 1800s, comprised two separate parks; these were combined in a 1930s update …
Monument in Quetzaltenango

Templo de Minerva

Rising incongruously from an island in the middle of traffic-choked 4a Calle, the temple was erected by dictator Estrada Cabrera to honor the Roman goddess of education and to inspire Guatemalans to new heights of l…
Church in Quetzaltenango

Iglesia El Calvario

The church that lends its name to the neighborhood west of the center was built four centuries ago on a rise to avoid periodic flooding. Check out the grand interior with its unusually broad single-nave design. Calv…
Cathedral in Quetzaltenango

Cathedral

The ornately carved facade of the Iglesia del Espíritu Santo marks the site of the original 1532 construction, which was pulverized by the quakes of 1853 and 1902. The modern Metropolitan Cathedral behind it was fi…