Get an early morning start for Huehuetenango, approximately a three hour drive from Quetzaltenango. On the way, stop at the chilly, highland town of San Francisco El Alto. On Fridays, the town hosts one of the largest and most authentic markets in Guatemala and is particularly well known for the array of livestock that it sells. Please note that it can be somewhat unsettling, as animals are not always cared for according to Western standards.You can also visit the town’s church and check out the myriad textiles on offer. You’ll see everything from traditional fabrics and second-hand offerings to giant bolts of cloth and baskets full of thread. When you’re ready to leave, you’ll continue to Huehuetenango.
If giant mountains, steep ravines, and coffee-covered hillsides sound enticing, you're bound to enjoy Huehuetenango, one of Guatemala's westernmost departments. Home to the highest peaks of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes (the tallest mountain range in Central America), Huehue, as it is known, (pronounce it way-way), is known less for its eponymous capital--which, to its credit, does have a busy indigenous market and some striking mountain views--as it is for its unique villages, natural attractions, and coffee (which is considered to be some of Guatemala's finest). One of Huehue's most interesting spots is Todos Santos, a chilly, isolated Mam Maya town famous for its colorful customs and clothing. A highlight of Huehue's many natural attractions includes the Laguna Magdalena, a remote lake with beautiful emerald waters.