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Quetzaltenango Cathedral

Admire the preserved colonial architecture and elegant altars of this 16th-century church, which overlooks the vibrant Quetzaltenango Central Park.

Discover traces of Quetzaltenango’s colonial past on a visit to the Catedral del Espíritu Santo de Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango Cathedral). Marvel at the architectural talents of the Spanish colonists, see sacred icons and learn about religious legends. Catedral del Espíritu Santo de Quetzaltenango dates back to the 1530s, although much of today’s structure was built in the 1900s. The church stands on the southeast corner of popular Quetzaltenango Central Park.

A major highlight of the church is its well-preserved façade, commissioned by Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala’s first bishop. Look for the intricate Baroque sculptures and statues of religious figures. After sunset, bright lights elegantly illuminate the façade against the backdrop of the night sky. 

Set behind the ancient façade is the church’s newer 20th-century section. Stroll around the exterior to see a series of domes, many adorned with arched windows and spires. Step inside to find a graceful nave and a sparkling checkerboard floor. Go to the chapel that houses an icon of Our Lady of the Rosary, the patron saint of Quetzaltenango. A legend states that the icon arrived in Quetzaltenango after an earthquake interrupted its pilgrimage from Antigua Guatemala to Nueva Guatemala de la Asuncíon (Guatemala City). 

The Catedral del Espíritu Santo de Quetzaltenango is open daily and admission is free. As it’s an active place of worship you should dress appropriately and respect devotees when visiting. Photography is allowed inside the cathedral. 

The cathedral sits in the heart of Quetzaltenango’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center) and is a short walk from other city attractions. The neoclassical-style Teatro Municipal is about 10 minutes away on foot. Public buses stop at Parque a Centro América (Quetzaltenango Central Park), the city’s liveliest park. Check out the park’s decorative gardens, fountains and collection of Ionic columns. Walk along Pasaje Enríquez to see an impressive Renaissance-style arcade.


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Hotel Casa del Viajero - Hostel

Hotel Casa del Viajero - Hostel

8A Avenida 9-17, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Natural History, Quetzaltenango Cathedral, and Quetzaltenango Central Park. Trama Textiles and Municipal Theater are also within 15 minutes.

$72
Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

Avenida Las Américas 7-04, Zona 3, Quetzaltenango
4.3
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Los Altos Railroad Museum, Laguna Chicabal, and La Democracia Market. Municipal Theater and Trama Textiles are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$54
Hotel Modelo

Hotel Modelo

14 Avenida A 2-31 zona 1, Quetzaltenango
4.2
of 5, from 30 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Theater and Trama Textiles. Quetzaltenango Central Park and Museum of Natural History are also within 10 minutes.

$70
Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan

Hotel Boutique Casa Morasan

12 Avenida 8-21, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Museum of Natural History and Quetzaltenango Cathedral. Quetzaltenango Central Park and Trama Textiles are also within 10 minutes.

$20
Hotel Kasa Kamelot

Hotel Kasa Kamelot

9A Avenida #6-22, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
3.7
of 5, from 10 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Quetzaltenango Central Park, Quetzaltenango Cathedral, and Museum of Natural History. Trama Textiles and Municipal Theater are also within 10 minutes.

$20
Hotel Hamilton

Hotel Hamilton

1a. Calle 16-58, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
4.5
of 5, from 6 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of La Democracia Market, Laguna Chicabal, and Municipal Theater. Trama Textiles and Quetzaltenango Central Park are also within 15 minutes.

$41
Hotel Villa Real Plaza

Hotel Villa Real Plaza

4ta. Calle 12-22, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
3.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is steps from Quetzaltenango Central Park, Quetzaltenango Cathedral, and Museum of Natural History. Trama Textiles and Municipal Theater are also within 10 minutes.

$5
Kasa Kiwi Hostel & Travel Agency

Kasa Kiwi Hostel & Travel Agency

9a Avenida 8-38, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Natural History and Quetzaltenango Cathedral. Quetzaltenango Central Park and Trama Textiles are also within 10 minutes.