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Quetzaltenango Central Park

Relax by tree-shaded gardens, shop at artisan markets and see striking colonial-era landmarks at this lively park set in Quetzaltenango’s historic center.

Visit Parque a Centro América (Quetzaltenango Central Park) to discover Quetzaltenango’s major attractions. Find centuries-old architectural masterpieces, visit a museum of natural history and browse market stalls for traditional Guatemalan handicrafts. Quetzaltenango Central Park marks the heart of Quetzaltenango’s Centro Histórico (Historic Center). Originally two gardens designed by Italian architect Alberto Porta, the park was redesigned by Guatemalan architect Rafael Pérez in 1938. 

By day a vibrant ambiance spreads throughout the park’s well-groomed gardens, flowerbeds and tree-lined pathways. Sit on a bench and watch as locals meet to chat and read newspapers in the sunshine. Gaze over the city’s rooftops to the nearby forested hills. Check out the Ionic pillars and The Kiosk, a stone rotunda that celebrates the national composer Rafael Álvarez Ovalle. 

Visit the park on the first Sunday of the month, when artisans from the surrounding villages set up a handicraft market. Shop for everything from brightly colored hammocks, embroidered bags and woolen hats to ceramic and leather goods. Most vendors are willing to bargain for goods. 

Spend some time marveling at the resplendent buildings that frame the park. Admire the 16th-century façade and revered image of Our Lady of the Rosary at the Catedral del Espíritu Santo de Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango Cathedral). Check out the grand neoclassical Municipalidad de Quetzaltenango (Town Hall) and the elegant Edificio Rivera. These three landmarks stand on the park’s east side. 

Go to Pasaje Enríquez, a Renaissance-style arcade on the western side of the park. It is home to a handful of bars, cafés and restaurants. Be sure to visit the Museo de Historia Natural (Natural History Museum), situated in the Casa de la Cultura at the park’s southern edge. See displays of pre-Colombian ceramics and pottery in addition to historical exhibits about the Maya cultures.  

Quetzaltenango Central Park is about a 15-minute drive from Quetzaltenango’s main bus terminal, Terminal Minerva. The park is also less than 10 minutes on foot from the neoclassical-style Teatro Municipal. After sunset the landmarks that encompass the square are spectacularly lit up by bright lights.


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Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango $70
Reviewed on May 22, 2019
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Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

Avenida Las Américas 7-04, Zona 3, Plaza Pradera Xela, Quetzaltenango
     
    4.7 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good location but couldn’t provide information of tourist places

    Hotel Pensión Bonifaz $79
    Reviewed on Mar 3, 2019
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    Hotel Pensión Bonifaz

    Hotel Pensión Bonifaz

    4ta. Calle 10-50 Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Excellent facilities and service. Pleasant and helpful staff helped these language challenged gringos.

      Hotel Modelo
      Reviewed on Apr 14, 2019
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      Hotel Modelo

      Hotel Modelo

      14 Avenida A 2-31 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
         
        4.3 of 5
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Pretty place, excellent staff. Highly recommended.

        Casa Dona Mercedes $34
        Casa Dona Mercedes

        Casa Dona Mercedes

        6a Calle y 14 Avenida 13-42, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          Hotel Villa Real Plaza $41
          Reviewed on Dec 24, 2017
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          Hotel Villa Real Plaza

          Hotel Villa Real Plaza

          4ta. Calle 12-22, Zona 1, Parque Central, Quetzaltenango
             
            3.7 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Bad hotel, for what I paíd there are better hotels in the area, the bed was really bad, the bathroom feels like it was very dirty, there was no Iron nor hair dryer in the room, there also was trash in the trash can, I will not return to that hotel, and I’m not pretty sure if I can continue trusting ...

            Lar Antiqua Hotel $14
            Lar Antiqua Hotel

            Lar Antiqua Hotel

            4TA CALLE 9-42 ZONA 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Quetzaltenango Cathedral and Quetzaltenango Central Park. Trama Textiles and Museum of Natural History are also within 5 minutes.

              Hotel Kasa Kamelot $53
              Reviewed on Oct 27, 2018
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              Hotel Kasa Kamelot

              Hotel Kasa Kamelot

              9A Avenida #6-22, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango
                 
                3.8 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                nice hotel, easy to find and central location. shower doesnt have that warm of water

                Casa Las Flores $30
                Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018
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                Casa Las Flores

                Casa Las Flores

                Barrio Las Flores, Diagnol 12, 10-25, Zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango
                   
                  5.0 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  muy buena la atencion de los anfitriones el dasayuno muy completo y con buen sabor recomendado para pasar una noche tambien tienen bicicletas para el servicio de los clientes sin costo adicional parque amplio y seguro.