Central Highlands Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Central Highlands

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Cerro de la Cruz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Hill of the Cross, or Cerro de la Cruz, is a 30-minute walk that, upon arrival, treats its guests to expansive views of Antigua and the Volcan de Agua. ...  Read more

ChocoMuseo Antigua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Ancient Mayans were the first to begin using cocoa beans in culinary preparations, and today, Guatemala is one of the countries most associated with chocolate ...  Read more

Lake Atitlan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Considered to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, Lake Atitlán, located in the Guatemalan Highlands, is the deepest lake in Central America ...  Read more

La Merced Cathedral

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

This gorgeous Baroque-style church features a soft, buttery yellow exterior complimented by white trim. Originally a male monastery, La Merced was originally ...  Read more

Cathedral of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Originally constructed in the 1500s, Iglesia de San Francisco, today, has mostly been reconstructed, thanks to age and earthquake damage. However, that's not ...  Read more

Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

The Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Guatemala City, is the main church of Guatemala City. Located in the heart of town, the main portion ...  Read more

Chichicastenango

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Although Chichicastenango is not located in Guatemala City – it’s a two-plus hour drive – it is well worth a visit. This indigenous town is known for its ...  Read more

Parque Central

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Located in the center of Antigua, Parque Central is the major outdoor area in the town. Considered one of the most beautiful in the country, the park is the ...  Read more

Iximché

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, the pre-Columbian Mesoamerican site of Iximche was the capital of the late post-classic Kaqchikel Maya kingdom ...  Read more

Pacaya Volcano

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Pacaya Volcano is considered Guatemala’s most active volcano and is believed to have first erupted approximately 23,000 years ago. Pacaya has erupted a number ...  Read more

Quirigua

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Quiriguá is an ancient Mayan site in southeastern Guatemala. Although it’s considered a small Mayan city, it is without a doubt one of the most ...  Read more

Constitution Plaza

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Located in the Centro Historico (Zona 1) district of Guatemala City, the Plaza de la Constitución, or Constitution Plaza, is considered the best place to ...  Read more

Mixco Viejo

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 4 Reviews

Mixco Viejo is an archaeological site that dates back to the postclassic Mayan civilization. There are two areas with the name Mixco Viejo, as the former ...  Read more

National Palace

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

This stoic structure in the heart of Guatemala’s capital city was built in 1939 entirely by local hands and using only local materials. As a result, the ...  Read more

Acatenango

Guatemala’s Pacaya is one of the most popular volcanoes to visit, but travelers shouldn't skip its neighbor, Acatenango. Towering nearly 13,123 feet (4,000 ...  Read more

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