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Quetzaltenango
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Quetzaltenango featuring a city

With a strong Mayan heritage, colonial architecture and huge volcanoes rising in the distance, this archetypal Guatemalan town enthralls and educates.

Quetzaltenango (or Xela) is a charming town in the heart of the Sierra Madres mountains in Guatemala’s Western Highlands. First inhabited by Mayan people, the city fell under both Spanish and German influence before becoming an important coffee-trading center. Today, Quetzaltenango’s attractive center presents an interesting insight into its colorful past. Use the town as a starting point for hiking adventures to active volcanoes.

Xela’s focal point is its pretty main square, Parque Centro América (aka Quetzaltenango Central Park). Admire the collection of colonial buildings, including the Iglesia Catedral del Espíritu Santo (Quetzaltenango Cathedral), originally built in 1534. See items from Mayan artifacts to a taxidermy display at the Museum of Natural History. Take a break at one of the cafés lining the elegant Pasaje Enríquez.

Get an in-depth insight into the weaving industry of the Western Highlands at Trama Textiles. Shop for fresh produce, clothing and textiles at La Democracia Market. Watch a concert or play at the Municipal Theater. Enjoy sweeping city views and have fun on a 4-lane slide at Cerro El Baúl park atop a lava dome.

Find museums, dance studios and art galleries at the Centro Intercultural de Quetzaltenango. Learn about Mayan weaving traditions and see examples of regional costumes at the Ixkik Museum. Browse work by leading national artists at the Museo de Arte. Los Altos Railroad Museum documents the short-lived train service that ran between the city and Guatemala’s Pacific coast.

Experience the spectacular landscapes of the Western Highlands on hiking trips to Santa María Volcano and Tajumulco Volcano, which is Central America’s tallest point. Marvel at the tranquility of Chicabal Lake, a site considered sacred by the Mayas, and embark on a 3-day trek to Lake Atitlán. Revitalize your body at Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs.

Reach Quetzaltenango by flying to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City and catching a bus from there. Buses stop at Terminal Minerva, near Quetzaltenango’s city center. Find accommodations at the hotels and guesthouses located a short walk from the main square.

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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,910 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
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! (148 reviews)
"I didn´t like the surroundings. The hotel is very nice"

Reviewed on 2021/3/27

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
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$1,587 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in the heart of Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Quetzaltenango Cathedral and Quetzaltenango Central Park. Museum of Natural History and Trama ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
"Beautiful! The pictures don’t do it Justice. Food and service were excellent."

Reviewed on 2020/12/7

Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan
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$1,813 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Quetzaltenango Central Park and Quetzaltenango Cathedral. La Democracia Market and Monumento a la Marimba ...
4.1/5Very Good! (70 reviews)
"Nice, quaint, comfortable hotel right in Quetzaltenango center."

Reviewed on 2021/3/24

Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
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.
Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is NT$2,843 per night from May 6 to May 7
This Santa Cruz La Laguna vacation home is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout ...
Casa Amate
Eagle's Nest
Eagle's Nest
3 out of 5
Top of Barrio II, San Marcos La Laguna, Lake Atitlán
Situated in the mountains, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and Cerro Tzankujil. CHIYA Art Gallery and Church of ...
3.3/5 (6 reviews)
"Awesome views - very pleasing attendant. Very hard to get to, very dangerous path full of mud - not for the physically impaired - I wished they would have mentioned that anywhere on the website"

Reviewed on 2019/8/25

Eagle's Nest
Casa Paxanax
Casa Paxanax
3.5 out of 5
Santa Cruz La laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá
The price is NT$2,833 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this beach vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 3 mi (5 km) of Azul Maya Archaeological ...
Casa Paxanax
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2/5 - Disappointing

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Mar 4, 2020

We were there on a Sunday so everything for “sightseeing” was closed. Unlike Antigua, it feels like a real place, but there’s not much to do other than sit in the zocalo and watch locals at leisure.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 17, 2019

People around very friendly

5/5 - Excellent

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Sep 4, 2019

More places to visit

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Aug 19, 2019

The scenery is spectacular. Worth a visit for that alone.

5/5 - Excellent

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May 14, 2019

Muy lindo lugar

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 19, 2019

Gritty and authentic. Good base for visiting outlying villages such as Almolonga, Zunil and San Andres Xecul. People extremely kind and friendly to tourists but the city itself is not very nice. The big market by the bus terminal is wonderful.