The Highlands

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  • 1. Iglesia de Santo Tomás

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Standing watch over the square is this gleaming white Dominican church, Guatemala's most intriguing, busy with worshippers all day and late...Read More

  • 2. Adrenalina Tours


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  • 3. Artesanos de San Juan


    Artesanos de San Juan is a cooperative of 58 artisans who weave textiles and sell from their showroom just north of the dock. ...Read More

  • 4. Atitrans


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  • 5. Capilla de Calvario

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across from the Iglesia de Santo Tomás is this squat little chapel. It doesn't attract the attention that its much larger neighbor does, but...Read More

  • 6. Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The butter-yellow Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción stands guard over the main square, and dates from 1874. ...Read More

  • 7. Catedral del Espíritu Santo/Catedral de los Altos

    Zona 1 | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the southeastern corner of Parque Centro América, this cathedral dates from 1535. All that remains of the original building (Espíritu Santo...Read More

  • 8. Cementerio


    Filled with brightly painted mausoleums, the town's cemetery is one of the most colorful in the highlands. You'll be treated to wonderful views...Read More

  • 9. Iglesia de San Antonio Palopó

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The beautiful adobe Iglesia de San Antonio Palopó stands in a stone plaza that marks the center of town. The interior is particularly peaceful...Read More

  • 10. Iglesia de San Jacinto

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The town's Iglesia de San Jacinto dates from 1524 and is said to be the oldest surviving church in Central America. It suffered severe structural...Read More

  • 11. Iglesia de San Nicolás

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This bluish church on the east side of Parque Benito Juárez is known for its unusual baroque design. Although lovely, it looks a bit out of...Read More

  • 12. Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The main road leads to the squat white 1547 Iglesia de Santiago Apóstol, the church dedicated to town patron, St. James the Apostle, but where...Read More

  • 13. Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Totonicapán's main church, the Iglesia San Miguel Arcángel, dedicated to its patron, the archangel Michael, dates from 1545, although much of...Read More

  • 14. K'umarcaaj

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    North of town is K'umarcaaj, the ancient capital of the Quiché kingdom. This once-magnificent site was destroyed by Spanish conquistadors in...Read More

  • 15. La Voz que Clama en el Desierto


    Atitlán is known for its fair-trade coffee, and a local 140-member cooperative, La Voz que Clama en el Desierto —that translates as "The voice...Read More

  • 16. Lema


    Lema is an association of local weavers who use environmentally friendly dyes in their work. ...Read More

  • 17. Museo de Historia Natural

    Zona 1 | Museum/Gallery

    In the Casa de la Cultura on the south side of Parque Centro América, the Museum of Natural History is interesting mainly for its neoclassical...Read More

  • 18. Museo Lacustre de Atitlán


    For a brief history of the lake and its people, head to the Museo Lacustre de Atitlán. Here you'll find a handful of informative displays tracing...Read More

  • 19. Museo Regional Colección Rossbach


    If you want to learn more about the history of Chichicastenango, check out this little colonial-era building, which displays pre-Columbian artifacts...Read More

  • 20. Parque Benito Juárez


    About 10 blocks north of Parque Centro América is this palm-lined park where many families spend their Sunday afternoons. Ice-cream stands are...Read More

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