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.


The Highlands Hotels

International hotel chains are nowhere to be found in this region, and aside from a couple of resort-type accommodations on... read more


The Highlands Restaurants

You'll find a few international restaurants in Quetzaltenango (by virtue of its being a large city) and in Panajachel... read more

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