Olintepeque & Colonial Churches
Duration: Half Day
Minimum: 2 people
Leaving from: Quetzaltenango
7 km from Quetzaltenango we will visit the market of Olintepeque. This is a big animal market where you can see all kinds of animals. Olintepeque is also the place where according to the legend, the famous Maya Quiché Prince Tecún Umán died in battle against Pedro de Alvarado in the year 1524.
We continue to San Andrés 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 typical weaving.
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 “Monasterio” as well as the place where indigenous women do their laundry, standing with their feet in the water while fish are swimming between them.
We end our tour in Salcajá where we visit a local family who makes “Caldo de frutas”, a local drink in Guatemala. This is the opportunity to try one of these popular drinks! After that we will go to visit the weavers where you can see how they make the local textiles. We end our tour in Quetzaltenango.