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Quetzaltenango Central Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Relax by tree-shaded gardens, shop at artisan markets and see striking colonial-era landmarks at this lively park set in Quetzaltenango’s historic center.

Visit Parque a Centro América (Quetzaltenango Central Park) to discover Quetzaltenango’s major attractions. Find centuries-old architectural masterpieces, visit a museum of natural history and browse market stalls for traditional Guatemalan handicrafts. Quetzaltenango Central Park marks the heart of Quetzaltenango’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center). Originally two gardens designed by Italian architect Alberto Porta, the park was redesigned by Guatemalan architect Rafael Pérez in 1938.

By day a vibrant ambiance spreads throughout the park’s well-groomed gardens, flowerbeds and tree-lined pathways. Sit on a bench and watch as locals meet to chat and read newspapers in the sunshine. Gaze over the city’s rooftops to the nearby forested hills. Check out the Ionic pillars and The Kiosk, a stone rotunda that celebrates the national composer Rafael Álvarez Ovalle.

Visit the park on the first Sunday of the month, when artisans from the surrounding villages set up a handicraft market. Shop for everything from brightly colored hammocks, embroidered bags and woolen hats to ceramic and leather goods. Most vendors are willing to bargain for goods.

Spend some time marveling at the resplendent buildings that frame the park. Admire the 16th-century façade and revered image of Our Lady of the Rosary at the Catedral del Espíritu Santo de Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango Cathedral). Check out the grand neoclassical Municipalidad de Quetzaltenango (Town Hall) and the elegant Edificio Rivera. These three landmarks stand on the park’s east side.

Go to Pasaje Enríquez, a Renaissance-style arcade on the western side of the park. It is home to a handful of bars, cafés and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Museo de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum), situated in the Casa de la Cultura at the park’s southern edge. See displays of pre-Colombian ceramics and pottery in addition to historical exhibits about the Maya cultures.

Quetzaltenango Central Park is about a 15-minute drive from Quetzaltenango’s main bus terminal, Terminal Minerva. The park is also less than 10 minutes on foot from the neoclassical-style Teatro Municipal. After sunset the landmarks that encompass the square are spectacularly lit up by bright lights.

Top Hotels Close to Quetzaltenango Central Park

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
4 out of 5
Avenida Las Américas 7-04, Zona 3, Plaza Pradera Xela, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$2,239 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Los Altos Railroad Museum and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Quetzaltenango Central Park. La Democracia Market ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (137 reviews)

"Great service, everything very clean. Good food! All the staff was very nice"…"

Reviewed on 2020/12/31

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
3 out of 5
4ta. Calle 10-50 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,614 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Quetzaltenango Central Park and Quetzaltenango Cathedral. La Democracia Market and Monumento a la Marimba ...

4.2/5Very Good! (60 reviews)

"Son calentadores son eléctricos, y no se pudo utilizar la tina. Habia que bañarse en la tina y estaba muy baja la altura del calentador; habia que agacharse para meterse al agua. Tenia bañera aparte, pero igual estaba des habilitada."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/7

Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Modelo
Hotel Modelo
3.5 out of 5
14 Avenida A 2-31 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$599 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Located in the heart of Quetzaltenango, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Theater and Quetzaltenango Central Park. Trama Textiles and Quetzaltenango ...

4.3/5Excellent! (61 reviews)

"If it wasn’t so overpriced it would feel so disappointing. Bathroom leaked, stiff bed with uncomfortable pillows."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/25

Hotel Modelo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
4 out of 5
Avenida Las Américas 7-04, Zona 3, Plaza Pradera Xela, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$2,239 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
3 out of 5
4ta. Calle 10-50 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$1,614 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Modelo
Hotel Modelo
3.5 out of 5
14 Avenida A 2-31 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$599 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Hotel Modelo
Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan
Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan
2.5 out of 5
12 Avenida 8-21, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$1,569 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan
Casa Las Flores
Casa Las Flores
2.5 out of 5
Barrio Las Flores, Diagnol 12, 10-25, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$1,079 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Hotel Kasa Kamelot
Hotel Kasa Kamelot
2.5 out of 5
9A Avenida #6-22, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$597 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Hotel Kasa Kamelot
Lar Antiqua Hotel
Lar Antiqua Hotel
2 out of 5
4TA CALLE 9-42 ZONA 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$392 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Lar Antiqua Hotel
La Luna Hostal
La Luna Hostal
2 out of 5
2a calle 14-09 zona, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$308 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
La Luna Hostal
Hotel Villa Real Plaza
Hotel Villa Real Plaza
2.5 out of 5
4ta. Calle 12-22, Zona 1, Parque Central, Quetzaltenango
Hotel Villa Real Plaza
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.