1 Chichicastenango

Hunt for textiles and souvenirs at this scenic town’s legendary market.

2 The Ixil region

Hike the hillside trails of this remote, intensely traditional indigenous region.

3 Lago de Atitlán

An awesome steep-sided crater lake ringed by volcanoes and diminutive indigenous villages.

4 Santa Cruz La Laguna

Idyllic lakeside village with a uniquely relaxed vibe and plenty of great hotels.

5 Quetzaltenango

Guatemala’s refined second city enjoys a great highland setting and makes an excellent base for studying Spanish.

6 Fuentes Georginas

The perfect place to kill an afternoon, these sublime hot spring–fed pools are situated halfway up a volcano.

7 Todos Santos Cuchumatán

A sleepy Mam Maya village nestled in a high valley in the mighty Cuchumatanes mountain range, with a famous textile tradition.

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