The Highlands Travel Guide
Plan Your The Highlands Vacation
The region that locals call the Occidente (west) or the Altiplano (high plain) is the Guatemala that everyone comes to see. The highlands begin near the colonial capital of Antigua and run all the way to the border of Mexico, in a spectacular stretch of territory where grumbling volcanoes rise above broad alpine lakes, narrow river ravines, subtropical valleys, misty cloud forests, and pastoral plains.
International hotel chains are nowhere to be found in this region, and aside from a couple of resort-type accommodations on... read more
You'll find a few international restaurants in Quetzaltenango (by virtue of its being a large city) and in Panajachel... read more
Things To Do in The Highlands
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Blending the old and the new: The highlands mix the best of Mayan and European cultures. Although Christianity has been practiced... Read more
It is said that the Mayan goddess Ixchel gave the art of weaving to her people. Today's Maya descendents still make fervent use of that... Read more
In 1992 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Guatemalan writer Rigoberta Menchú, raised in the tiny highland village of San Miguel... Read more
In this American Idol–ized world, a visit to Santiago Atitlán puts renown and heroism into true perspective. Oklahoma native... Read more
Arguably Guatemala's most curious object of veneration is the cigar-smoking, rum-swilling deity Maximón. He is still actively idolized a... Read more
Believe it or not, highland markets mean more than Thursday and Sunday in Chichicastenango. Most towns hold a market one or two days a... Read more
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