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San Francisco El Alto Market & Colonial Churches

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sa francisco el alto totonicapan

Offered: Friday
Duration: Half day
Minimum: 2 people
Departure time: 07:00 am.
Return: 12:30 hrs.
Departing from: Quetzaltenango

The San Francisco el Alto market is located at 2610 above sea level and elevn miles from Quetzaltenango jus off the Inter-American Highway in the direction of  Momostenango. The church, dedicated to San Francisco De Assis, was constructed in several stages from the late sixteenth century to 1670-1680.

Visit the biggest indigenous market in Guatemala, this is a not very well known market but 100% authentic. Only on Fridays. The animal market, typical products, food and vegetables makes it a real experience that you can´t miss.


This tour will take you not only to the famous colonial churches in the Quetzaltenango area, but includes a lot more! We will first go to San Andres Xécul. This yellow church is probably the most famous church in Central America. We also visit a place where you can see how the local materials are painted which are used for the typical weavings. Next to a little chapel which is really interesting to see, we will visit a Maya altar and after that San Simón (Maximón a local Maya Saint). In San Cristóbal Totonicapán we will visit the church and the next door “Monesterio” as well as the place where indigenous women do their laundry, standing with their feet in the water while fish are swimming betweem them. We end our tour in Salcaja where we visit a local family who makes “Caldo de Frutas” a local drink in Guatemala. Of course here is the opportunity to try one of these popular drinks! After that we will go to the weaver where you can see how they make the local textiles and end our tour in Quetzaltenango.

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