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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.

Hotel Modelo
Hotel Modelo
3.5 out of 5
14 Avenida A 2-31 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is NT$656 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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! (76 reviews)
"Spacious room, nice staff, old school feel"

Reviewed on 2021/5/2

Hotel Modelo
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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,347 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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! (157 reviews)
"Close to shopping mall, near restaurants, very clean, great customer service just one problem my granddaughter got hurt with the glass door, if you have 2 year old be careful with the glass door."

Reviewed on 2021/6/3

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
3 out of 5
4ta. Calle 10-50 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$2,931 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
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! (74 reviews)
"Nice, quaint, comfortable hotel right in Quetzaltenango center."

Reviewed on 2021/3/24

Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
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Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is NT$2,425 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"It was even better than what I imagine. excellent service, very accommodating."

Reviewed on 2021/6/27

Casa Amate
Villas Jucanya
Villas Jucanya
3.5 out of 5
Barrio Jucanya, Calle del Lago, Frente al Lago (juegos infantiles), Panajachel, Solola
The price is NT$4,418 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Situated in Panajachel, this beach vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and La Galeria. Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Great place!
"Excellent stay and great support from local staff."

Reviewed on 2021/2/8

Villas Jucanya
Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
3.5 out of 5
Atitlan de zona 0,numero 4, Santiago Atitlan, Sololá Department
The price is NT$9,817 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
Situated in Santiago Atitlan, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin, Central Park, and St. James the Apostle ...
Panoramic Villa Lago Atitlan
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