The Best Things to do in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

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22 Things to Do in Quetzaltenango

Hot Springs and Indigenous Villages, Guatemala
Hot Springs and Indigenous VillagesQuetzaltenango

This tour includes a visit to indigenous villages and a soak in hot springs. As such, it's a nice mixture of cultural exploration and leisure activities.

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Hot Springs
Naturalist Guide
Walking
Hiking Santa María Volcano, Guatemala
Hiking Santa María VolcanoQuetzaltenango

This hiking tour takes you to the top of the Santa María Volcano. The summit provides travelers with stunning views of the surrounding area, including the smoking crater of the Santiaguito Volcano.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Quetzaltenango Cultural Walk, Guatemala
Quetzaltenango Cultural WalkQuetzaltenango

This 3-hour walking tour explores the charming city of Quetzaltenango. You'll learn about the history, culture, and architecture of Guatemala's second largest city.

Cultural
Guided Tours
Walking
Market Tour to Chichicastenango , Guatemala
Market Tour to Chichicastenango Quetzaltenango

Experience the colorful Chichicastenango market on this one-day tour. The market is a good place to experience Guatemalan culture and shop for handicrafts and souvenirs.

Cultural
Guided Tours
Indigenous Culture
Shopping
Textiles
Hiking the Chicabal Volcano, Guatemala
Hiking the Chicabal VolcanoQuetzaltenango

Hike up a path on the Chicabal Volcano to see the landscape that shaped the spiritual lives of the Maya. This destination is 8,897 feet above sea level. At the summit, you’ll see Chicabal Lake, a body of water that formed in the mouth of the volcano.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Takalik Abaj Olmec Archeological Site, Guatemala
Takalik Abaj Olmec Archeological SiteQuetzaltenango

Come explore the Mayan site of Takalik Abaj, which is notable for its Olmec-influenced structures.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Ruins
Sneak Peek of Santiaguito Volcano, Guatemala
Sneak Peek of Santiaguito VolcanoQuetzaltenango

This tour takes you to a mirador that sports wonderful views of the active Santiaguito Volcano. The mirador is a great spot to take in views of the volcano and surrounding area.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Colonial Churches Tour, Guatemala
Colonial Churches TourQuetzaltenango

This tour visits several fascinating churches in small towns near Quetzaltenango. It's a good look at the religion, history, and culture of Guatemala.

Architecture
Guided Tours
Historic
Walking
Quetzaltenango and the Guatemalan Western Highlands, Guatemala
Quetzaltenango and the Guatemalan Western HighlandsQuetzaltenango

This multi-day tour explores Quetzaltenango and various attractions in the Western Highlands.

City Tour
Historic
Know Quetzaltenango By The Tram, Guatemala
Know Quetzaltenango By The TramQuetzaltenango

Explore the city of Quetzaltenango by tram on this tour. The tour drives around Quetzaltenango and guides will explain various attractions in the city.

Architecture
Guided Tours
Walking
Huehuetenango-Ixil Triangle, Guatemala
Huehuetenango-Ixil TriangleQuetzaltenango

This tour explores Guatemalan culture in several Mayan villages in the Ixil Triangle.

Community
Guided Tours
Indigenous Culture
Textiles
Finca Patrocinio and the White-bellied Chachalaca, Guatemala
Finca Patrocinio and the White-bellied ChachalacaQuetzaltenango

Located between the Santa María and Santiaguito volcanoes, Finca Patrocinio is between 2,297 and 2,789 feet above sea level. Its lofty height offers a great view of the surrounding forests.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
2 Day Hiking, Culture, Swimming, Guatemala
2 Day Hiking, Culture, SwimmingQuetzaltenango

This 2-day tour includes visits to the town of Huehuetenango, the sinkhole of Hoyo del Cimarron, the village of Chacula, and the lake of Laguna Brava. It offers travelers an authentic and interesting experience in Guatemala.

Living Maya
Naturalist Guide
Searching for the Quetzal, Guatemala
Searching for the QuetzalQuetzaltenango

You'll be given a chance to spot a resplendent quetzal - the national bird of Guatemala - on this tour. The tour includes bird watching at the Refugio del Quetzal.

Bird Watching
Naturalist Guide
Nature Walk
Hiking Tajumulco Volcano, Guatemala
Hiking Tajumulco VolcanoQuetzaltenango

At an elevation of 13,845 feet , the Tajumulco Volcano is the highest point in Central America. This tour takes you to its summit.

Guided Tours
Hiking
Multi-Day
Pacific Coast Coffee Plantation Tour, Guatemala
Pacific Coast Coffee Plantation TourQuetzaltenango

Quetzaltenango soil grows the best coffee beans on the Guatemalan market. Each of the following plantations employs locals, and takes important measures to make sure visiting the grounds remains an ecologically sound practice. Explore the following four options to choose the coffee plantation experience that interests you most.

Coffee Tour
Naturalist Guide
Necrotour at Quetzaltenango Cementery, Guatemala
Necrotour at Quetzaltenango CementeryQuetzaltenango

This tour explores the Quetzaltenango Cemetery at night. It's a great introduction to the Guatemalan cultural practices surrounding death.

Architecture
Guided Tours
Historic
Walking
Hiking San Pedro Volcano, Guatemala
Hiking San Pedro VolcanoLake Atitlan

The San Pedro Volcano was declared a national park in 2006. The volcano is covered with tropical forests and takes about 4–5 hours to reach the summit along a well-maintained trail.

41 km away
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Guided Tours
Hiking
Kayak from Panajachel to Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala
Kayak from Panajachel to Santa Catarina PalopóLake Atitlan

During this tour you'll kayak on Lake Atitlán from Panajachel to Santa Catarina Palopó. You'll get magnificent views and also learn a little about local culture.

41 km away
Kayaking
Lake Atitlán Villages Half-Day Tour, Guatemala
Lake Atitlán Villages Half-Day TourLake Atitlan

Lake Atitlán is one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. The villages that surround the lake are unique and fascinating. This tour takes you to three such villages—San Juan La Laguna, Santiago Atitlán, and San Pedro La Laguna.

41 km away
Boat Tours
Cultural
Guided Tours
Walking




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