Quetzaltenango Tourist Attractions
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala's second-largest city at 90,000 is the commercial center of southwestern Guatemala. More commonly called Xela (SHAY-lah), the town's major sights are the Parque Centroamerica and the neoclassical buildings which surround it. These buildings, such as the Municipal Theater and administrative buildings stem from the era in the 19th c when Xela was a major trading and artistic community.Many eco-tourism organizations offer hiking and camping in the mountains. Quetzaltenango's altitude of 2,333m /8,000 ft ensures warm days, cool nights and no mosquitoes.It is a base for excursions to the many nearby villages, noted for their hot springs and handicrafts.Quetzaltenango is well-known for its Spanish-language schools.
The village of Momostenango is famous for its artistic woolen blankets and other woolen products. Due to the low temperatures in the region, work in wool is very popular. Momostenango adheres to the Mayan Calendar and observes traditional rites.North of the village there are the hot springs of Pala Chiquito.
San Andres Xecul, Guatemala
A little indigenous village has the most colorful church in Guatemala. The canary-yellow church has paintings and carved figures of jaguars, angels and icons that are a mix of Mayan and Catholic beliefs.Its baroque façade seems to recreate the colors and designs of the local weaving.
San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala
San Francisco El Alto sits on a small plateau 2,568m/8,560 ft high, with a view Quetzaltenango valley.On Fridays, this town of 3,500 hosts the biggest market in Guatemala which sells everything that highland Guatemalans need including livestock and woolen blankets.
Chicabal Volcano and Lake
Mountain Train Museum
Quetzaltenango Central America Park
Neo-classical architecture surrounds the rectangular plaza known as El Parque Centroamerica, where many festivals, concerts, fairs, and markets are held throughout the year.