Quetzaltenango

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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 Boutique Casa las Flores
Hotel Boutique Casa las Flores
2.5 out of 5
Barrio Las Flores, Diagnol 12, 10-25, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
The price is AU$60 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Located in the heart of Quetzaltenango, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Quetzaltenango Cathedral, Los Altos Railroad Museum and Monumento a la Marimba. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (12 reviews)
Nice
"Excellent breakfast included. Short walk to city center"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2021

Hotel Boutique Casa las Flores
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 AU$154 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Los Altos Railroad Museum, La Democracia Market and Municipal Theater. Trama Textiles and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"The staff was nice, and the roof pool has an incredible view"

Reviewed on 9 Oct. 2021

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
3.5 out of 5
4ta. Calle 10-50 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$183 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps away from Quetzaltenango Central Park and Quetzaltenango Cathedral. La Democracia Market and Monumento a la Marimba ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (87 reviews)
"Great location!"

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2021

Hotel Pensión Bonifaz
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Bohemia Tiny Private Apt in Urban Neighborhood
Bohemia Tiny Private Apt in Urban Neighborhood
Diagonal 2, 1-39 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department
The price is AU$60 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in the heart of Quetzaltenango, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Quetzaltenango Central Park, Quetzaltenango Cathedral and Museum ...
Bohemia Tiny Private Apt in Urban Neighborhood
"The House of Xela". ONE OF A KIND AT QUETZALTENANGO. Ideal for families and groups
"The House of Xela". ONE OF A KIND AT QUETZALTENANGO. Ideal for families and groups
0 Avenida 0-187 zona 8, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango Department
This family-friendly holiday home is located in the city centre, within 2 mi (3 km) of Los Altos Railroad Museum, La Democracia Market and Municipal Theater. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Ross family
"Your home was perfect for our time in Xela. The beds were comfortable. We enjoyed the kitchen and large sitting areas. The garage fit 2 cars securely. Thank you for everything."

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

"The House of Xela". ONE OF A KIND AT QUETZALTENANGO. Ideal for families and groups
Casa Amate
Casa Amate
3 out of 5
Casa Amate, Panajachel Solola, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Sololá Department
The price is AU$206 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
This Santa Cruz La Laguna holiday 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 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"The service and hospitality was amazing! We felt comfortable and welcomed the entire time. We had a person meet us at the boat dock and a grounds keeper at Casa Amate. He brought us to the home and gave us a tour of the breathtaking house. Yes it also took my breath hiking up there, not in the best ..."

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2021

Casa Amate
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