Galería Pop-Wuj


On the way down the hill to the shrine at Pascual Abaj, you might stop into this interesting gallery. Developed as an art institute for local children with the backing of Project Guggenheim, it holds a small but important collection of oil paintings by the artist brothers Juan and Miguel Cortéz and their pupils. K'iche' classes are sometimes offered, along with the chance to experience traditional Maya ceremonies (contact the gallery in advance).

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2. Museo Arqueológico Regional

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3. Iglesia de Santo Tomás

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4. Mural

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5. Market

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6. Centro Comercial Santo Tomás

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7. Pascual Abaj

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