The INGUAT office (Avenida del Calvario 1-17, Zona 1, Edificio Los Arcos) is located 15 minutes from the city center along the road leading to the Calvario church. The helpful bilingual guide provides maps and brochures and is happy to answer any questions. Banks and ATMs are i
- Folkloric Traditional Dances of Guatemala
This ethnic dance group offers shows with traditional Mayan music and dance. The group also has performances to demonstrate the styles of other ethnic groups and regions in the country. The group performs Marimba Music and also plays pre-Hispanic instruments. Members also dress in colorful, authent
To bag some unique and quirky souvenirs, check out the range of recycled products at the little gift shop in the backyard of X'kape K'oban. All items are hand-crafted by local communities and a percentage of the profits go directly to them. The Centro de Artesanía behind the P
- Jade Shop
Open daily 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., this store sells jewelry made of Guatemalan jade. If you're looking for a nice present and don't mind paying the price, it's the place to go. The jade comes from the north of Peten. The shop owner also owns Café Yaxha.
La Hospital Nacional de Huehuetenango is located on Las Lagunas, Zona 10 (Tel.: 502-764-1849.) There is also a private hospital in town, Hospital Privado López, on Calle del Costado to the right of the Iglesia del Calvario.
- Post Office
There is no post office in Flores. The one in Santa Elena is on 7 Avenida and 2 Calle. Open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.
- Museo/Casa del Tejido
DonÂ´t be put off by the drab exterior, Casa del Tejido is a must-see for shoppers who want to understand what the designs on their Mayan textiles signify. The unhurried, personal 20 minute tour in English (or Spanish) opens the door into the symbolism, methods and purpose of Mayan weaving/embroid
- Shopping Overview
If you like to shop and prefer to do it all in one place, Antigua is the perfect town. Seemingly designed with shoppers in mind, you can find everything here for which Guatemala is famous. Jade, traditional textiles, pottery, furniture, Mayan masks, coffee, chocolate and thatÂ´s just the tip of th
- El Reino del Jade
The refined surroundings of El Reino del Jade emphasizes the elegance of the jewelry displayed here. The thickness of the window cases is an indication of price. Guatemalan Jade is completely different to Asian jade, as it is so tough it requires diamonds to cut it. There are 25 different colors and
- Trama Textile
If you're looking for beautiful woven souvenirs, go to Trama Textile. One block north of Parque Central, inside Santa Maria, Trama is a women's weaving association representating seventeen cooperatives from five regions. Created in 1988 to support the families after the Civil War, its mission is t
- Shopping in Xela
You can find anything in Xela, from used clothes to souvenirs. If you want to taste the real Guatemalan shopping experience, head to the market La Democracia in Zona 3. Open every day from early morning to late afternoon, fruits and vegetables are cheaper than in Zona 1. Bargain hard. If you're look
- Shopping Overview
El Remate is well known for the very high quality woodcarvings made by indigenous families trained for generations. The variety is indescribable and can't be found anywhere else in Guatemala. There are numerous woodcarving shops along the road. Some of the largest and most intriguing carvings can be
- Tienda de Artesania/ Art and craft shop
In front of Parque Central, this small shop is run by an association and sells wooden statues and other souvenirs. Open Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Donald's Barbershop
Donald's is a good barbershop that offers cuts for both adults and children.
- Overview shopping
As a touristy place, Flores has many souvenir shops selling t-shirts, postcards, bags and any other trinkets that you care to take back home. Bargain the prices hard. Most of the shops are in Calle Centroamerica and Calle 30 de Junio.
- Language Schools
La Academia de Español Xinabujal is HuehuetenangoÂ´s only language school. It offers one on one Spanish courses at about 150$ for 20 hours of study and can arrange homestays with families. 4a Avenida, 14-14, Zona 5, Tel.: 502-762-7730, E-mail: There is no pharmacy or hospital in Flores, but if you go to Santa Elena there are hundreds of them along 4 Calle and 6 Avenida. In case of an emergency, the closest hospital is in San Benito (502-7926-1459).
It costs around $2.20 to wash and dry a 1 kg load of clothes. Most of the hotels offer laundry service so ask at the desk. Planeta Unido (9 Calle 9-38, open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1p.m.): Run by the women of shelter of the NGO Nuevos
There are two pharmacies on the main street open every day and a clinic with doctors attending Monday to Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. There is also a 24-hour emergency service.
There are neither pharmacies nor doctors in El Remate. The closest are in Santa Elena and Flores.
The post office is located just east of the plaza (2a Calle, 3-54.) There are also several internet cafes nearby that have payphones and international calling, including Telgua (next to the post office,) Genesis Internet (2a Calle, 67) and Señor Xplorer (5a Calle, 5-97.) Internet access cost
Internet Internet cafés swamp the town. The following have good connection, printing, CD burning, headsets and webcam for Skype. WiFi is also springing up in hotels and restaurants everywhere. Enlaces, 6Âª. Avenida Norte #1. Tel: (502) 7832-5555/7832-5563, Email: There are a few laundromats and they charge around $4 a load. Some hotels have laundry service, so ask at the reception desk. At Laundry Lavafacil (Flores), wash and dry costs $4 a load. They offer internet connection for $1/hour so you can surf the internet while waiting for
- Y'abal Handicraft Shop
Y'abal Handicraft Shop sells handwoven bags, fabrics, scarves and other products made by local women's weaving communities. Preserving the traditional back strap loom techniques practiced by indigenous women in this region for centuries, Y'abal Handicrafts provides technical training and fair trade
- Al-Nature Shop
To buy fair-trade products, go to Al-Nature. Two blocks from Parque Central, this coffee shop supports local cooperatives by selling granola, organic coffee, jams, peanut butter, chocolate and natural medicine. Do your shopping while enjoying a good cup of coffee and a delicious piece of pie. Open M
- Banks and ATM
There is only one bank in Flores. Banrural, just off the Parque Central, exchanges dollars and traveler's checks. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. You can also exchange your dollars in many internet cafés and hotels. There is an ATM next door t
- Money & Banking
Banco Reformador (5 Calle 7-98): South of the Flores bus stop, Banco Reformador is open Monday -Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There is a Visa ATM, and the bank changes US dollars as well as traveler's checks.
Banrural (5 C
There are a few banks around Parque Central. Banco Industrial, in the beautiful buiding on the north side of the Parque, is the place to go if you want to change traveler's checks or dollars. Open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. ATM For visa, you
The two main banks in Huehuetenango are G&T Banco Continental (located on the north side of the plaza along 2a Calle) and the Banco Industiral.(6a Avenida, 1-26, Zona 1). The ATM at G&T accepts both VISA and MasterCard; the one at Banco Industrial is VISA/Plus. Both banks can cash travelers ch
There are no banks, no post office and no tourism office in El Remate. So you better get enough cash before getting there. But if you're stuck you can change your US dollars and travelers' checks at La Casa de Don David at a good rate.