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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…
Top Choice Asian in Quetzaltenango

Esquina Asiatica

This charming upstairs restaurant refreshes palates with generous plates from around Asia – Chinese dumplings, Indonesia satay, pad thai, Vietnamese spring rolls and more, against a backdrop of vintage travel poster…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Huehuetenango

La Tinaja

As much a cultural center as a cafe, the home of historian/gourmand Rolando Gutiérrez has an interesting library and a collection of old clocks, radios and namesake tinajas (urns), all displayed in a series of invit…
Top Choice Pub in Quetzaltenango

Salón Tecún

On the plaza end of the elegant Pasaje Enríquez, alive day and night with a healthy mix of Guatemalans and foreigners quaffing Cabro by the liter, the Tecún claims to be the country's longest-running bar (since 1935…
Top Choice Guatemalan in Quetzaltenango

Aj de Lunas

This simple but cheerful dining hall is a good place to savor Quetzalteco home cooking, with daily specials like jocón (stew with tomatillo and cilantro) and caldo de patas (cow foot soup) served with a pile of tort…
Top Choice Indian in Quetzaltenango

Sabor de la India

Authentic south Indian fare is whipped up here by a fellow from Kerala. Servings are huge; the thalis – platters of curried veggies, chicken or beef – are highly recommended, and the paneer (cheese) almost as good a…
Top Choice Cafe in Quetzaltenango

Café La Luna

For chocolate aficionados, this is a shrine. Made from scratch on the premises, the chocolate is velvety smooth and served in a variety of beverages: the chocolate cappuccino is especially good. Groups of friends ga…
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…