Attractions

Top Choice Religious Site in Zunil

Cofradia San Simón

While you're in Zunil, visit the image of San Simón, the name given here to the much-venerated Mayan deity known elsewhere as Maximón. His effigy, propped up in a chair, is moved each year to a different house durin…
Viewpoint in Chiantla

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 easily make out the volcanoes that loom over Antigua and Lake At…
Archaeological Site in Huehuetenango

Zaculeu

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 and ceremonial platforms covered by a thick coat of graying plas…
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 many years until the city converted it into this center, which now houses schools of art and dance, plus three int…
Church in Chiantla

Shrine of Virgen del Rosario

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 …
Plaza in Quetzaltenango

Parque Centro América

Most of Xela's sights crowd in and around the broad central plaza. It's a great place for a stroll or to sit and people watch. It was originally two separate parks, designed by Italian architect Alberto Porta in the…
Church in San Andrés Xecul

Iglesia San Andrés Xecul

San Andrés Xecul boasts one of the most exuberantly decorated churches in the country, a fiesta almost in itself. Technicolored saints, angels, flowers and climbing vines fight for space with angels frolicking on th…
Cemetery in Quetzaltenango

Cemetery

Quetzaltenango's enormous cemetery is a pleasant and fascinating green space for a walk. To the left of the main entrance, visit the grave of the gypsy Vanushka, spurned and shamed by her wealthy lover until she die…
Church in San Francisco el Alto

Iglesia San Francisco El Alto

San Francisco El Alto's 18th century church is a somewhat fortress-like affair, with solid arches holding up its domes. It's worth noting for it's collection of fine icons and gilded altar as well as the remains of …
Viewpoint in Quetzaltenango

Cerro el Baúl

This wooded hill is a popular weekend destination for city dwellers, for its wonderful views across Xela's broad plain and to the volcanos that fringe it. There's a small cafe, some surprisingly fast and scary kids'…