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Huehuetenango

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Huehuetenango

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View from 4th floor room of the Royal Park Hotel
Dogs sleeping in front of a window in the zócalo at sunset.

Huehuetenango is a city in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The last big city in Guatemala before you reach the Mexican border, or the first major settlement when arriving from. Not many tourists stay over, but it is a great city to stock up on supplies, Quetzales and other city needs.

Understand

Get in

Huehuetenango has its main bus terminal between the Interamericana and the city.

There are colectivos two blocks north from the terminal (behind the market) to the city centre every 10 minutes (Q2) which will drop you off near the Parque Central in about 10-15 minutes and vice versa.

To get to Huehuetenango you can catch busses from: Quatro Caminos every 15 minutes (Q20, 1:30 hours). La Mesilla (Mexican border) every 15 minutes (Q20, 2 hours). Guatemala City every hour (60Q, 5 hours)

From Huehuetenango you can connect to: La Mesilla (Mexican border), there are buses to La Mesilla every 15 minutes (Q20, 2 hours). Guatemala, at least every half hour. Quetzaltenango (Xela) every half hour.

Get around

The city center is small enough to get around on foot, but you can catch a local colectivo downtown to get to the bus terminal 2 km out of town. Chicken buses within Huehuetenango cost Q2 and take you to most places you need to go.

See

Chiantla

About 5km from Huehuetenango, you can get a chicken bus (toward Indeo) from the centro for Q2.5. Chaintla is a gateway if you want to make it up to Mirador de Juan Dieguez Olaverri for Q5.


Aguacatán

Take a collectivo to Aguacatan to see the San Juan River Aguacatán waterfall.

Do

Buy

The city is a great place to stock up on supplies in the pharmacies, and there are lots of banks. Banco International, next to Hotel Mary (doesn't have an ATM, but does change dollars). It has more offices over town, some of which have an ATM. Furthermore there are lots of 5B ATMs.

Eat

There are lots of local eateries with deep fried food or tacos (3 for Q10) which won't hurt your wallet too much around the park.

Restaurante Las Palmeras, local and comfort food (hamburgers), good prices and a great view over the main square at sunset. Cafe Museo (mon-sat 7am-10pm, sun 2-9pm), great hangout spot with great coffees, chocolate and a wide menu on food. They offer WiFi too, which in this town is a big plus.

Near the bus terminal is a market with food and a supermarket (Despensa Familiar), further up towards the Interamericana you can find a big shopping centre named Pradera Huehuetenango, with a McDonalds, Pollo Campero and a Maxi Bodega supermarket.

Drink

There are a few nice spots to grab a drink in huehue, but use caution and common sense as dry laws do exist and are subject to spontaneous enforcement.

Sleep

Near the bus terminal: Hotel del Prado, between the terminal and the interamericana, looked like an autohotel, but was closed for renovation. Hotel California, decent hotel, very close to the bus terminal.

Downtown: Hotel Mary, light and clean rooms with ensuite bathroom, Q65 per person. Hotel Royal Park, with parking. Luxury hotel in the downtown area.

Contact

There are some internet cafes around town.

Get out

Next attractions could be hiking around Quetzaltenango (Xela) or travelling towards Mexico though La Mesilla.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING EXIT TO MEXICO You do not have to pay an exit tax at the La Mesilla border to leave Guatemala, however as of March/April 2019, Mexico Immigration has a new rule that requires the payment of MX$558 entry tax if coming from Guatemala. Yes, you now have pay to enter Mexico whereas before you did not. When entering across the La Mesilla border the Mexican Immigration will give you a form and make a payment at the bank next to the INM office. This is not a scam. It is now law. As for whether you can avoid the exit tax by presenting the INM Official with a copy of your itemized plane ticket that clearly shows the itemizes costs including the exit tax, however they may ignore this and still force you to pay.

Todos Santos Cuchumatán is a possible day trip

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