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 Theatre

It has an important façade, Neoclassical building, architectural jewel and proud of the native people of that place. It has a capacity of 1,050 seats and from 1916 is the scenario in which the winners of the Floral Games of Central America are awarded, which is carrying out during September.

Central America Park

It is located in the center of the city, and also is the social activity center of that same place. The first Sundays of months during the dry epoch is carrying out an excellent market of handicrafts. The park is surrounded by an impressionist monumental complex, outstanding the baroque façade of the Church.

Enríquez Passage

It is located in front of the Centro America Park that communicates the 12 with the 13 Avenue of the center of the city. In the arch in the west side outstanding figures in “grafito”, stained-glass wondows and a huge grating that equal to the other extreme are the biggest in the city.

Holy Spirit Cathedral

It is settled in the west of the Centro America Park. The complex is integrated by two structures: the ruins of the façade of the Holy Spirit Church (1535-1898) at the bottom, the Cathedral of the Diócesis de Los Altos, which construction is dated from 1899.

Cultural House

In this building of Neoclassic in style function: the Cultural House of Quetzaltenango, a librarian, an Archaeological Museum, Nature and History and the delegation of Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo –INGUAT-.

Other Attractiveness

In the occidental extreme of the city is the unfinished Minerva Temple which construction began in 1917. In the interior of the Municipal Palace, outstanding its six shields of the Central America Federate

States (1830-1840), engraving in stucco in the ceiling of the Honor Hall. To the sides are found the Outstanding Men Gallery, is an attractive more of the “Altense City”.

Another attractive is the General Cemetery for its architecture and the Regional Park Hill El Baúl.

Chicabal Lake

It is located in the volcano summit with the same name. It constitutes a nice walk and easy to fulfill. Occasionally, you can observe there cultural manifestations of local type.


It is located 9kms from the Departmental Head of Quetzaltenango, here is found the San Jacinto Church, first built by the Kingdom of Goathemala. Also is produce the “rompopo”, liquor elaborated with eggs and milk. Salcajá is the main cloth fabric producer, used by the women in its clothing.


Olintepeque, 7kms from Quetzaltenango is a site where according to the legend died the quiche prince Tecún Umán, during the battle against Pedro de Alvarado. In this population, is conservation the cult to San Pascual Bailón, saint of popular devotion.

Zunil y Almolonga

Zunil and Almolonga are 9 kms from Departmental Head, beautiful towns where lived quiche natives. The first is recognized by its regional textile used for indigenous women of Guatemala in its clothes. The second, because is the greatest orchard of the country. The two towns are closely; separate just for the Samalá River.

Natural Heritage Volcanoes

In the Quetzaltenango department and close to its head there are six volcanoes that offer multiple opportunities of climbing. The landscapes that are admired from it summits are an impressively beautiful.

Those are: Santa María, Santiaguito, Cerro Quemado, Siete Orejas, Chicabal and Lacandón.

Steam Bathes

Due to the volcanic manifestations in the area, are located numerously steam springs in which there have habilitated natural warm and sulfured bathes. The most accessible are the Almolonga, Cantel and Aguas Amargas baths, with special services for visitants.

Santa Maria Volcano

This is the favorite of the climbers, experts and amateurs, because it represents a magnificent challenge. The city of Quetzaltenango is surrounded by hills. Their names are: El Baúl, La pedrera; El Galápago and Zunilito.

El Baúl Hill

El Baúl Hill or Tecún Umán is located in the Orient of the city; its pine-studded valley, that lodge a big range of birds, squirrels and other animals. There is a viewpoint in the summit of the paths and a lot of facilitates of access.


In Quetzaltenango is elaborated textiles, basket work, ceramic, images ork in wood, palm and metal, musical instruments, products in wax, leather, pyrotechnics, as well as jicara and guacawl.


Max 22.4 C

Min 6.8 C


2,333.03 Mts. Snm