Highlands, Living Mayan Culture

It is a region that offers the perfect combination of natural beauties, spectacular mountain landscapes, and traditions of a living Mayan culture.

The most rooted indigenous culture can be found in the highlands. The pine forests and active volcanoes allow visitors to practice hiking, canopying and, ecotourism. The Western region provides a folkloric display that unifies the pre-Columbian cosmogony and the customs of the conquerors. Such region is a perfect combination of the natural beauties, like Lago de Atitlán and the traditions, like the market of Chichicastenango, famous for its colorfulness and extension.

A representation of the millenary traditions and the experiences of the Mayans are reflected in every ambit of the historical, ancestral diversity of the region where the sacred book of Mayans, The Popol Vuh, was born. This region also offers numerous options of personal encounters with its communities. It is the ideal space to enjoy the cultural diversity, to learn languages, and to live the traditions. This region promises visitors a unique experience.

Highlands, Living Mayan Culture

Destinations in Highlands, Living Mayan Culture

Atitlán Lake, Sololá

It is considered one of the most beautiful in the world by the famous novelist Aldous Huxley. The Lake is 144kms from Guatemala City and without a doubt the most important landmark in Sololá and one of the most known in Guatemala. Three spectacular volcanoes, Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro form the natural frame of the Lake itself. It has a surface of 125 square kilometers and is settled on 1,560 meters above sea level. The Lake complements its beauty with roads, beaches, riverside towns, mountains and volcanoes panoramic. It...

The Bath Los Aposentos, Chimaltenango

The Bath “Los Aposentos” is birth water located in a water source in a ravine that separate the municipalities of Parramos and Chimaltenango; it has been accommodated to be a recreational park. ...

Juan Diéguez Olaverri Point View, Huehuetenango

It is located in a side of the main highway of the department, from the point view you are able to see an impressionist panoramic spectacle. Where you can find the spot where is the poem “A los Cuchumatanes”, written by this character, since his exile in México, at the beginnings of XX century. ...

Chiantla, Huehuetenango

It is located 7kms from the Huehuetenango City. It is a pilgrimage center, which temple posses a silver statue of the Candelaria Virgin dressed in fine filigree, elaborated between 1560 and 1580. The church itself dates back to the beginning of the XVII century. You can find several handicraft shops where copper objects are made. ...

Zaculeu Archaeological Site, Huehuetenango

It is an archaeological site of Mam origin, located 4kms from state capital. As almost all the postclassical cities (1250-1524) is fortified. This archaeological site is formed by a series of plazas, stepped pyramids, temples and ballgame court. It kept close commercial contact with Nebaj and Kaminal Juyú. Its artisans used to carve small Jade figurines. There is a small museum where pottery pieces and skeletal remains are shown. ...

Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango

It is located 266kms from Guatemala City. The center of activities is the central plaza, surrounded by the City Hall, the colonial church and several neo-classical buildings. In the central park there is a relief map which measures almost 30 sq. meters. It is a place of landscapes and high mountains of impressionist beautiful. The territory that currently occupies this department has been inhabited from immemorial time by a range of indigenous group of people. San Miguel AcatánIt is found in the village of Chimbán; place of the Alcaldes Rezadores, where...

Gumarcaaj Archaeological Site, Quiché

Archaeological Gumarcaaj site, known also as Utatlán, located 4kms from Santa Cruz de El Quiché, head of the Department and three hours (164kms) from  Guatemala City. It was the capital of the dominion of Quiché and its remains reflect some of its opulence. Currently, it counts with a center of visitants, a museum and specialized personal in order to give the necessary information to the tourist. It was the capital of the Quiché Kingdom. ...

Iximché Archaeological Site, Chimaltenango

The Tecpán Municipality, 36km from the Departmental Head, is located the archaeological site Iximché. It is City of the antique domination of Maya-Kakchiquel, where was founded the first city of the Goathemala Kingdom. ...

Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango

This department has a territorial extension of 1,951kms squared, with a cold climate in the highlands and warm on the coastal area.The languages that are spoken are Spanish, Quiché and Mam. Quetzaltenango is a beautiful city of the highlands; settle in an extensive valley surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. It conserves the antique traditions of the Mayan-Quiche, mixed up with a colonial past and dynamic modern life. It is currently considered, as the second most important city of Guatemala, due to its size, industrial, cultural and commercial activity.Municipal TheatreIt has...

Chichicastenango, Quiché

It is located 145kms from the Guatemala City. Its name means “Lugar de las ortigas” (“Place of the ortigas”), founded by k’iche’s that escaped from the Utatlán destruction. They established near to Chaviar, a kind of cackchiquel mall. It is the center of the town and the commercial life for “maxeños” (name given to the natives of Chichicastenango, derivative from Max that means Tomás in Quiché language). The merchants go down every Thursdays and Sundays to the central plaza, in order to sale their articles, in a impressionist indigenous market that...

Panajachel, Sololá

Its whole name is San Francisco Panajachel, is a pre-Columbian town of Kakchiquel origin, settled next to the river with the same name and on the lakeside of Atitlán, its witnessed the final battle between Spaniards and their Kakchiquel allies against the Tzujiles and it also was a settlement point for the Franciscan missionaries who founded a convent. Currently, this town is located between a large coffee plantations, gardens and vegetable orchards. It is the most important center of the area, reason why it concentrates most of the hotels,restaurants, disco...

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