Top things to do

Archaeological Site in Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

This 6.5-sq-km archaeological site spreads over nine natural terraces. The rainforest-like grounds boast temple mounds, ball courts and flights of steps paved with rounded river stones, along with an impressive numb…
International in Retalhuleu

Hotel Astor

While the shady courtyard/pool area is by far the best thing about this place (drop in for a drink, even if you aren't planning on eating), the menu is solid, offering a decent range of meat, chicken and fish, and s…
Guatemalan in Retalhuleu

Cafetería La Luna

In a new location a block off the plaza, this remains a town favorite for simple but filling meals in a low-key environment.
Ruins in Retalhuleu

Abandoned Train Station

In the early 20th century, Retalhuleu was an important way station for cotton, coffee and sugar exports to the port at Champerico. The trains have long since stopped running, but this abandoned station, with its rus…
Museum in Retalhuleu

Museo de Arqueología y Etnología

Retalhuleu has a small museum of archaeological relics from local Mayan sites, as well as an interesting collection of historic photos showing the town in its heyday. The mural of the 33 archaeological sites in Reta…
Church in Retalhuleu


Retalhuleu's church occupies pride of place in the middle of the plaza, and is a useful landmark to orient yourself by.
Latin American in Retalhuleu

La Trinidad Mall

The huge modern La Trinidad mall has all the national and international food franchises so beloved in Guatemala.