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Quetzaltenango

Named for the Quetzal bird--one of Guatemala's national symbols--Quetzaltenango once included the territories controlled by K'iche' Mayans, a pre-Columbian tribe eventually supplanted by Spanish conquistadores. Today, the area's main claim to fame is its eponymous capital, which boasts fine examples of classical, neoclassical, and Renaissance architecture. The city's young student population endows it with a cosmopolitan and bohemian feel, which remain its main attractions, along with a good selection of restaurants and shops. Outside the busy provincial capital, tourists on a Quetzaltenango vacation discover a largely agricultural countryside known especially for its coffee plantations and small settlements hosting colorful outdoor markets. Customize your holiday with our Guatemala online road trip planner to create an adventure that suits you.
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Where to stay in Quetzaltenango

By far the best selection of accommodations in Quetzaltenango clusters around Parque a Centro America, in the ominous shadow of the volcano. If you stay in one of the budget hostels, mid-range bed and breakfasts, or boutique hotels in this area, you'll not only enjoy views of the volcano but also have easy access to the city's best-loved restaurants, cafes, and watering holes. Stay north if you want to be closer to the city's airport.
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