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Quetzaltenango
Travel Guide

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
The price is NT$2,177 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

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! (142 reviews)

"Bien ubicado, buen servicio, muy amable el personal, la comida del desayuno muy bien también. Recomendable."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/5

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$1,941 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (62 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$661 per night from Mar 6 to Mar 7

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! (63 reviews)

"Incredibly beautiful history rich hotel! Staff was always happy and happy to help! Juan saved my trip with a tour when no one else in town could accommodate! Very clean, comfortable, good wifi throughout and nice hot showers! Highly recommend!!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/17

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.
Arcadia Cabañas Vacacionales
Arcadia Cabañas Vacacionales
3 out of 5
A 3 min de Irtra, San Martín Zapotitlán, Retalhuleu

Situated in San Martín Zapotitlán, this cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Xetulul Park, Parque de Aventura Xejuyup, and Dino Park. San Antonio de Padua Church and ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"Muy bonito lugar, bastante accesible y a 5min del IRTRA. Mi única recomendación es que coloquen espejo jeje."…"

Reviewed on 2019/7/8

Arcadia Cabañas Vacacionales
Casa Paxanax
Casa Paxanax
3.5 out of 5
Santa Cruz La laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá
The price is NT$2,422 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"Beautiful house right on the lake. Enjoyed every second of our time there. It was equipped with just about everything you need for a comfortable stay."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/13

Casa Paxanax
El Suspiro
El Suspiro
4 out of 5
Santa Cruz la Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna

Situated in Santa Cruz La Laguna, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Multiple Use Area Lake Atitlan Basin and within 12 mi (20 km) of San Jorge Lookout ...

El Suspiro
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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