The Highlands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Highlands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Artesanías Innova

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    Artesanías Innova exhibits and sells beautiful textiles and ceramics created by nine highlands artisan cooperatives....Read More

  • 2. Bazar de Café

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    Bazar de Café sells fine roasted coffee from here in the highlands (fair-trade, of course)....Read More

  • 3. Bus Stop Bookshop

    Named for its location, the Bus Stop Bookshop has many used books in English....Read More

  • 4. Café Conciencia

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    Purchase coffee from area cooperatives at Café Conciencia, as well as peanut butter and macadamia nuts....Read More

  • 5. Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás

    You'll find the best selection of traditional handmade masks at Casa de Máscaras Santo Tomás just down the street from the Santo Tomás church. These...Read More

  • 6. Casa Maya

    Casa Maya has a distinctive array of quality T-shirts....Read More

  • 7. Centro Comercial Municipal

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    Near Parque Centro América, the Centro Comercial Municipal has a more limited selection of souvenirs....Read More

  • 8. COPAVIC

    The best-known buy-at-the-source purveyor of hand-blown glass is the artisans' cooperative COPAVIC. Come to watch works being created from recycled glass weekday mornings at its...Read More

  • 9. Creaciones Utzil

    Creaciones Utzil manufactures small dolls that wear more than 100 varieties of typical Guatemalan dress. (Barbie never had a such a wardrobe.)...Read More

  • 10. De Colores

    Bucking the trend and staying open every day of the week, De Colores deals in woven and embroidered textiles, sweaters, and blouses. Check out the...Read More

  • 11. El Guipil

    El Guipil is a large boutique with a varied selection of handmade items from highland villages....Read More

  • 12. El Libro Abierto

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    Literary- and politically-minded Quetzaltenango has several fine bookstores, three with good selections in English. El Libro Abierto deals in used books, as well as postcards...Read More

  • 13. Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango

    Galería de Artes Pintores de Chichicastenango exhibits primitivist paintings created by a cooperative of 12 local artists....Read More

  • 14. Gallo Store

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    The Gallo Store sells T-shirts, caps, and mugs with the logo of Guatemala's best-known beer, as well as the complete line of beer itself....Read More

  • 15. Mercado Central

    A few blocks to the east is the Mercado Central, where you can purchase local handicrafts....Read More

  • 16. Mercado La Democracia

    Artesanía from most of the villages in the region can be found in the Mercado La Democracia. Since there are relatively few shoppers, prices tend...Read More

  • 17. Mercado Minerva

    The bustling Mercado Minerva, next to the main bus terminal, is the best of the city's markets. There are plenty of interesting handicrafts to be...Read More

  • 18. North & South Bookstore

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    North & South Bookstore is strong in works dealing with history and politics....Read More

  • 19. Ojalá Antiques

    Ojalá Antiques has a small but excellent selection of antiques....Read More

  • 20. Tashe Artesanía

    We especially like the hand-painted Nativity scenes at Tashe Artesanía among all the other ceramics for sale....Read More

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