The Highlands

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  • 1. Artesanías Innova

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    Artesanías Innova exhibits and sells beautiful textiles and ceramics created by nine highlands artisan cooperatives....

    Artesanías Innova exhibits and sells beautiful textiles and ceramics created by nine highlands artisan cooperatives.

    5 CAlle 14–03, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7763–2189
  • 2. Bazar de Café

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    Bazar de Café sells fine roasted coffee from here in the highlands (fair-trade, of course)....

    Bazar de Café sells fine roasted coffee from here in the highlands (fair-trade, of course).

    13 Av. 5–38, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7761–4980
  • 3. Bus Stop Bookshop

    Named for its location, the Bus Stop Bookshop has many used books in English....

    Named for its location, the Bus Stop Bookshop has many used books in English.

    Calle Principal at Calle Santander, Panajachel, Sololá, 07010, Guatemala
    No phone
  • 4. Café Conciencia

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    Purchase coffee from area cooperatives at Café Conciencia, as well as peanut butter and macadamia nuts....

    Purchase coffee from area cooperatives at Café Conciencia, as well as peanut butter and macadamia nuts.

    12 Av. 3–35, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7765–8761
  • 5. Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás

    You'll find the best selection of traditional handmade masks at Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás just down the street from the Santo Tomás church. These...

    You'll find the best selection of traditional handmade masks at Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás just down the street from the Santo Tomás church. These folks stay open every day of the week.

    9 Calle 4–54, Chichicastenango, Quiché, 14006, Guatemala
    7756–1882
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  • 6. Casa Maya

    Casa Maya has a distinctive array of quality T-shirts....

    Casa Maya has a distinctive array of quality T-shirts.

    Chichicastenango, Quiché, 14006, Guatemala
    7756–1349
  • 7. Centro Comercial Municipal

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    Near Parque Centro América, the Centro Comercial Municipal has a more limited selection of souvenirs....

    Near Parque Centro América, the Centro Comercial Municipal has a more limited selection of souvenirs.

    7 Calle and 11 Av., Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
  • 8. COPAVIC

    The best-known buy-at-the-source purveyor of hand-blown glass is the artisans' cooperative COPAVIC. Come to watch works being created from recycled glass weekday mornings at its...

    The best-known buy-at-the-source purveyor of hand-blown glass is the artisans' cooperative COPAVIC. Come to watch works being created from recycled glass weekday mornings at its showroom/factory 10 km (6 mi) south of town.

    Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7763–8028
  • 9. Creaciones Utzil

    Creaciones Utzil manufactures small dolls that wear more than 100 varieties of typical Guatemalan dress. (Barbie never had a such a wardrobe.)...

    Creaciones Utzil manufactures small dolls that wear more than 100 varieties of typical Guatemalan dress. (Barbie never had a such a wardrobe.)

    7 Calle 29–25, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7763–5412
  • 10. De Colores

    Bucking the trend and staying open every day of the week, De Colores deals in woven and embroidered textiles, sweaters, and blouses. Check out the...

    Bucking the trend and staying open every day of the week, De Colores deals in woven and embroidered textiles, sweaters, and blouses. Check out the selection of cute oven mitts and pot holders.

    6 Calle 6–21, Chichicastenango, Quiché, 14006, Guatemala
    7756–1027
  • 11. El Guipil

    El Guipil is a large boutique with a varied selection of handmade items from highland villages....

    El Guipil is a large boutique with a varied selection of handmade items from highland villages.

    Panajachel, Sololá, 07010, Guatemala
  • 12. El Libro Abierto

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    Literary- and politically-minded Quetzaltenango has several fine bookstores, three with good selections in English. El Libro Abierto deals in used books, as well as postcards...

    Literary- and politically-minded Quetzaltenango has several fine bookstores, three with good selections in English. El Libro Abierto deals in used books, as well as postcards and organic coffee.

    15 Av. A 1–56, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7761–5195
  • 13. Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango

    Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango exhibits primitivist paintings created by a cooperative of 12 local artists....

    Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango exhibits primitivist paintings created by a cooperative of 12 local artists.

    Chichicastenango, Quiché, 14006, Guatemala
    5443–0074
  • 14. Gallo Store

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    The Gallo Store sells T-shirts, caps, and mugs with the logo of Guatemala's best-known beer, as well as the complete line of beer itself....

    The Gallo Store sells T-shirts, caps, and mugs with the logo of Guatemala's best-known beer, as well as the complete line of beer itself.

    12 Av. 3–35, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
  • 15. Mercado Central

    A few blocks to the east is the Mercado Central, where you can purchase local handicrafts....

    A few blocks to the east is the Mercado Central, where you can purchase local handicrafts.

    Huehuetenango, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
  • 16. Mercado La Democracia

    Artesanía from most of the villages in the region can be found in the Mercado La Democracia. Since there are relatively few shoppers, prices tend...

    Artesanía from most of the villages in the region can be found in the Mercado La Democracia. Since there are relatively few shoppers, prices tend to be lower than elsewhere in the city.

    1 Calle and 15 Av., Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
  • 17. Mercado Minerva

    The bustling Mercado Minerva, next to the main bus terminal, is the best of the city's markets. There are plenty of interesting handicrafts to be...

    The bustling Mercado Minerva, next to the main bus terminal, is the best of the city's markets. There are plenty of interesting handicrafts to be found here. But watch your pockets—groups of skillful thieves prey on tourists coming to and from the buses.

    Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
  • 18. North & South Bookstore

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    North & South Bookstore is strong in works dealing with history and politics....

    North & South Bookstore is strong in works dealing with history and politics.

    8 Calle 13–77, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, 09001, Guatemala
    7761–0589
  • 19. Ojalá Antiques

    Ojalá Antiques has a small but excellent selection of antiques....

    Ojalá Antiques has a small but excellent selection of antiques.

    Panajachel, Sololá, 07010, Guatemala
  • 20. Tashe Artesanía

    We especially like the hand-painted Nativity scenes at Tashe Artesanía among all the other ceramics for sale....

    We especially like the hand-painted Nativity scenes at Tashe Artesanía among all the other ceramics for sale.

    6 Calle 6–13, Chichicastenango, Quiché, 14006, Guatemala
    7756–1622

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