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Western Highlands Things to See and Do

Below you'll find the top Activities in Western Highlands as rated by VIVA's travel writing staff, local experts and travelers.




 
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Santa Maria

Climbing Santa Maria (3772 m) can be easily done from Xela. You can start walking at the village Llanos del Pinal, 5 km south of Xela. The trip to...

Hiking
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
Parque Centroamérica

Parque Centroamérica

Like most Guatemalan cities, Xela is built around a Central Park. The Parque Centroamérica gives a European feel with the presence of Greek columns....

City Plaza
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
Casa de la Cultura

Casa de la Cultura

When the Espiritu Santo Church and Franciscan convent were built, a cemetery was built at the location of the present Casa de la Cultura. In 1872,...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Museo de Historia Natural

This museum has an interesting collection covering the Maya, the liberal revolution in Central American politics and the Estado de Los Altos of which...

Museum
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Teatro Municipal

At the northeast of Parque Central, the theater was built in 1894 by the architect Enrique Jones. On 19 July 1895, General Justo Rufino Barrios...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Parque Zoológico

Inaugurated on 26 December 1956, this small zoo is a favorite place for Guatemalan families during the weekend. There are a few monkeys, coyotes,...

Other Activity
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Temple Minerva

Outside the Zoo and in the middle of 4 Calle stands the Temple Minerva. It was built in 1900 by the dictator Estrada Cabrera, to honor the Roman...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Cycling

Cycling is a great way to discover the surroundings of Xela if you’re not afraid of dusty, bumpy roads. You can go to Zunil and Fuentes Georginas,...

Bicycling
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Volcano Climbing

There are many volcanoes to climb from Xela and the variety will please hikers at all levels. Volcano Tajumulco (4220m) is the highest point in...

Hiking
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Horseback Riding

Saddle up for a horseback adventure in the Quetzaltenango valley. Feel the magic of freedom and infinite space, the intense blue of the sky, the...

Horseback Riding
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
Museo Balam

Museo Balam

This family-run museum’s raison d’être is to show-case its collection of typical local dresses, holiday and ceremonial outfits, shoes and...

Museum
Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala
Mayan Sauna

Mayan Sauna

You can try a traditional Mayan sauna, or temazcal, at the Academia de Español y Mam Hispanomaya or the Casa Familiar. These are small...

Other Activity
Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala

Cumanchúm / Tojcunenchén

Taking the track which climbs up behind the church will lead you to the ceremonial site of Tojcunenchén. There are only a few grassy mounds here...

Other Activity
Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala
Hiking In And Around Todos Santos

Hiking In And Around Todos Santos

When you find yourself in Todos Santos. The Internet café by the Hotelito Todos Santos Inn is an informal tourist information point and from...

Trekking
Todos Santos Cuchumatan, Guatemala

Museo Del Ferrocarril

The Museo del Ferrocarril is a must see for train enthusiasts or simply those interested in learning a bit more about Guatemala’s history. This...

Museum
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
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