Departamento de Totonicapán Travel Guide

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San Francisco El Alto




San Andrés Xecul


San Francisco El Alto

  • The Future Depends on a Good Bargain

    San Francisco El Alto Shopping

    On market day in San Francisco El Alto the livestock fair continues into the afternoon- long after trading has come to a halt elsewhere. Large crowds congregate and it is very interesting to watch how deals are negotiated. Pigs are a major wealth multiplier in the villages. The return on investment far exceeds most other economic activities for...

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    San Francisco El Alto Off The Beaten Path

    San Francisco El Alto has it's own website (in Spanish). It mentions a canyon on the River Samala. QUOTE: San Francisco el Alto, conocido como “Las altura de la Patria”, ofrece un panorama sin igual con el cañón del río Samalá, llamado BELEJEPTZI, que en etimología quiché significa “Nueve Sillas”. Este lugar es visitado por turistas nacionales y...

  • Great Market

    San Francisco El Alto Things to Do

    This is a fantastic alternative to the market at Chichicastenango. Chichi's market is getting a bit over-touristed and the market at San Francisco is much less frequented by tourists. Plus, you can go to the top of the church and look down upon the bustling marketplace, or into the distance to see the amazing volcanic peaks of Guatemala. This...


San Andrés Xecul

  • Tuc tuc, taxi or bus to San Andres...

    San Andrés Xecul Transportation

    The best way to get to the town is by tuc tuc or taxi, also there are some buses leaving Quetzaltenango. The town is very close to Xela (Quetzaltenango) a 20 minutes drive. Here´s a picture of me and my Argentinian friend Gero (during our 2010 visit) in front of the church.

  • Colorful reliefs.

    San Andrés Xecul Things to Do

    The facade of the church is full of color and details. This picture was taken in 2006, before the actual restoration of it. Personally i prefer the less loud colors of the original paint.

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