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Cantel is a village in Guatemala, 10km from the major city of Quetzaltenango. It is inhabited by K'iche' Maya.

Just like going to its neighboring village Zunil, take a bus from either Minerva bus terminal or Rotonda bus stop. Some buses to Zunil pass through the highway through Cantel but do not stop in the centre - but buses to Zunil via Almolonga do not go through Cantel. There are also buses directly to Cantel centre, stopping by the Catholic church. Buses to Zunil will generally display "Fabrica" if they stop at Cantel (because of the now defunct textile factory), buses to the centre will display "Cantel Pueblo".

Get around

Much of the commercial life of Cantel is located along the CA2 highway in the valley below the centre of the village.

The official centre of the village is located on a hilltop west of the highway, with fantastic views across the valley.


Chojolom - Small K'iche' arhcaeological site uncovered by the elderly K'iche' farmer who owns the land (don Sebastián), on a hillside just outside Cantel itself. There are three rather crude stone heads to be seen, one is a largish face carved onto a fixed boulder and is in its original location. A smaller head has been moved to don Sebastián's home and a small armadillo head has been fixed into the wall of a water cistern. All have been tentatively dated to the Postclassic period immediately prior to the Spanish Conquest.

Copavic - glass blowing factory, beside the highway past the factory.






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