Departamento de Quetzaltenango Travel Guide

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  • Xela Cemetery

    Quetzaltenango Things to Do

    This cemetery was one of our favorite things we did in Xela. And it was free! Only a few blocks off the main plaza is a beautiful cemetery. The front is filled with impressive marble tombs and if you walk to the back, you'll reach the predominantly Mayan section where the gravestones are painted bright colors. On Sundays, flower vendors sit outside...

  • Fair Trade Handicraft Shopping in Xela

    Quetzaltenango Things to Do

    Support fair trade in Guatemala! Many of the typical artisan shops and markets actually sell mass-produced products and the handmade artisan products they sell often give very little of that money to the artisans who actually make their products. For that reason, its important to support cooperatives and stores that are fair trade, like Y'abal...

  • Ciudad Tecan Uman border crossing

    Quetzaltenango Warnings and Dangers

    We had to go to this crossing to get into Xela as opposed to Guatemala City. I have heard all the crossings are like this..This is how my experience went..We got a pedicab across the bridge as we had tons of stuff and as we pulled up a guy came and grabbed our passports and took them into the office. We went inside and was told to sit and wait. I...


San Martín Sacatepéquez

  • A long ride, better with the Torito.

    San Martín Sacatepéquez Transportation

    If you are not visiting the lagoon in an organized tour, the best way to reach is this: From Quetzaltenango, take a bus ($0.75) two blocks north of Benito Juarez, at the intersection of 15 Avenida and 6 Calle Zona 3. Look for the bus to Chile Verde (30 minutes drive). Buses start running at 7 a.m. Tell the driver you want to go to Chicabal lagoon....

  • Shrines and altars.

    San Martín Sacatepéquez Things to Do

    The shrines are visited throughout the year, following the sacred Mayan calendar, so everyday there are mayan Mam ceremonies around the lake.

  • Mayan ceremonies.

    San Martín Sacatepéquez Things to Do

    A unique feature, which has favored the conservation of the lagoon and the cloud forest located in the crater, is that it is considered sacred by local people, who perform daily ceremonies and prayers in it . A special mysticism surrounds the lagoon Chicabal: the history of Mayan altars, ceremonies officiated by priests requesting the rain, the...


Concepción Chiquirichapa

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    by euzkadi Updated May 6, 2012

    There are few things to do in this small town, but are on the way to Chicabal lagoon, so you have to stop here, the beautiful colonial church deserves a visit.

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