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Western Highlands Vacation Packages

A magnificent volcanic lake, vibrant villages, hot springs and the heart of the Guatemalan Maya lie within this high-altitude region.

Visit the Western Highlands to experience the characterful villages that line the shores of Lake Atitlán and go farther outward to the breathtaking mountain ranges that encircle the region. A diverse landscape of verdant valleys, tree-lined ridges and a mosaic of farm fields are framed by a chain of volcanoes to the south and the high Cuchumatanes Mountains to the north. Hike through the rugged ranges, encounter traditional Maya communities and get to know the central hub city of Quetzaltenango (Xela).

Situated western part of the region, Quetzaltenango (Xela) is Guatemala’s second-largest city and a great place to base your excursions to neighboring Maya villages. Experience the rich heritage of the indigenous cultures in highland villages, such as Nebaj or Chichicastenango. Check out busy marketplaces throughout Quetzaltenango and head to the Fuentes Georginas to soak your muscles in a hot spring surrounded by lush ferns. Climb to the peak of Santa María’s conical peak and hike around the trails that wind around the village of Todos Santos Cuchumatán and the striking granite outcrops throughout the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

The 13 villages on the shoreline of Lake Atitlán have a stunning outlook of a chain of volcanoes above calm waters. Visit Panajachel, the hub of the area, for local crafts and waterfront nightlife. Book a guide to take you on the incomparable hike to Volcán San Pedro. Santa Cruz la Laguna is a secluded lakeside village while Santiago Atitlán, situated at one of the lake’s inlets beneath Vulcán Tolimán, has a shrine and a 16th-century church.

Keen hikers should head for the undulating landscapes of the Ixil, a beautifully secluded wilderness dotted with small communities. Check out the enduringly captivating pre-Hispanic cities of Iximché, K’umarkaaj and Zaculeu to experience some of the Western Highlands’ ancient historical sights.

The Western Highlands span the area between Antigua’s outskirts and Guatemala’s border with Mexico. Get into the region by flying into Quetzaltenango Airport or catching the buses that traverse the Pan-American Highway. Visit between November and February for drier weather. Be sure to check with local tourism offices before embarking on any hikes or climbs.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2017, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


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Hotel Atitlán $155
Hotel Atitlán

Hotel Atitlán

Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 151 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated on a lake, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Hotel San Buenaventura De Atitlan $65
    Hotel San Buenaventura De Atitlan

    Hotel San Buenaventura De Atitlan

    Antigua Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel
       
      3.8
      of 5, from 41 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Panajachel hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Porta Hotel del Lago $82
      Porta Hotel del Lago

      Porta Hotel del Lago

      2a Avenida 06-17 Zona 2, Panajachel
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 261 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of La Galeria, Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, and Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center. Panajachel Municipal Market and The Maya Traditions Herbal Medicine Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango $55
        Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

        Latam Hotel Plaza Pradera Quetzaltenango

        Avenida Las Américas 7-04, Zona 3, Quetzaltenango
           
          4.6
          of 5, from 51 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Quetzaltenango, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Los Altos Railroad Museum, La Democracia Market, and Municipal Theater. Trama Textiles and Quetzaltenango Central Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel $75
          Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

          Posada de Don Rodrigo Panajachel

          Final de la Calle Santander, Panajachel
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 51 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated on the Strip, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Regis Hotel & Spa $39
            Regis Hotel & Spa

            Regis Hotel & Spa

            3a avenida 3-47 zona 2, Panajachel
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 227 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, La Galeria, and Azul Maya Archaeological Museum. Panajachel Municipal Market and Church of Saint Francis are also within 15 minutes.

              Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago $71
              Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago

              Hotel y Centro de Convenciones Jardines del Lago

              Calle Monterrey, Panajachel
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 76 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Panajachel hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, and La Galeria. Panajachel Municipal Market and The Maya Traditions Herbal Medicine Garden are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Hotel La Riviera de Atitlan $99
                Hotel La Riviera de Atitlan

                Hotel La Riviera de Atitlan

                Bahia San Buenaventura, Panajachel
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 32 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Casa Cakchiquel Arts Center, Azul Maya Archaeological Museum, and La Galeria. Church of Saint Francis and Panajachel Municipal Market are also within 2 mi (3 km).