Welcome to San Francisco el Alto


The whole town is Guatemala's garment district: every inch is jammed with vendors selling sweaters, socks, blankets, jeans, scarves and more. Bolts of cloth spill from storefronts packed to the ceiling with miles of material.

Around mid-morning when the clouds roll away, panoramic views can be had from the roof of the church. The caretaker will let you go up for a small tip. On the way through, have a look at the six elaborate gilded altarpieces and remains of what must once have been very colorful frescoes.

San Francisco's big party is the Fiesta de San Francisco de Asís, celebrated around October 4 with traditional dances.


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