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Tecpán

Tecpán itself should not take up too much space on your intinery. Its value for tourists lies in the nearby ruins of Iximché. The town itself is quite non-descript. There are plenty of shops on the busy high street, an unkempt square with some stalls and a large white church. It has a friendly-enough feel and if you do need to stay over there are a few options for a meal and a bed.

Services

The town has all the services you would usually need. There is an Internet café next to the Hotel Iximché, open 8a.m. – 9.30p.m. (Closed 1.30p.m. – 2.30p.m. for lunch) and charging Q6/hour. On the opposite side of the square to the church there is a BAM with an ATM and a Banrural which will exchange money. Close by is a shopping center, of sorts, with Cine Plaza Tecpán, Café Deli, Pasteleria Fina, Sarita Helados and medical and dentist clinics.

Accommodation in Tecpán

There are two hotels just off the main plaza. Posada de Don Martín, by the side of the big white church, has rooms with a private bathroom at Q75 ($9)?and is open 24 hours, with cable T.V. and parking. Hotel Iximché has enough space to cater for a coach-load of tourists with two buildings with 48 rooms either side of 1a Avenida, just by the square. Rooms with shared bathroom cost Q35 ($3.60)?and Q60 ($7.25)?with private bathroom and T.V., all have hot water. Parking included.

Eating in Tecpán

On the square, near the Hotel Iximché, is El Restaurante El Churraquito, serving up churassco, burgers, sandwiches and cakes for breakfast and lunch. Under Posada de Don Martín is the Lucky Comedor and Café Sandra. On 1a Avenida, going away from the square, you’ll find the chains Que Dely for fast food and which also does home delivery, Tel: 502-7879-9192, and Holandesa for a sweet fix. Nearby, Pizzaria Napoli makes a good option for dinner, open 8a.m. – 11p.m.

Getting To and Away from Tecpán

To get to Tecpán, take any bus going west on the Carretera Interamericana, towards Panajachel or Chichicastenango, and get off at the turn off for Tecpán on the left. The town is about 500 meters (0.31m) south of the main highway. You can walk or catch a mini bus.

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Other places nearby Tecpán: San Juan La Laguna, Panajachel, Departamento Del Quiché, San Juan Acul, Nebaj, Santa Cruz Del Quiche, Chichicastenango, Santiago Atitlan, San Pedro La Laguna and San Antonio Papoló.







By Joanne Sykes

Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Jo is currently working as a freelance travel writer in Latin America. With degrees in...

03 May 2010

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Iximché

136191The word Iximché comes from the Mayan words Ixim, meaning maize and Ché, meaning tree and was once the Kaqchikel capital. Founded around 1470, in the shadow of the Ratzamut mountain and protected ...
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