Totonicapán is a city located in Guatemala. The city is famously known for its hot springs. It is also one of the coldest regions in the country. It showcases a fascinating collection of art with a rich ethnic essence to it. It has a lot of artistic association with it and is a worthwhile visit for anyone interested in art and culture.

San Cristobal Totonicapán

This place is almost 14 kilometers away from the center of Totonicapán. It is a major hub for the textile industry and workshops dealing in handicrafts. When I visited the textile centers, I was surprised to see the fine quality of wool, silk, and cotton the workers were working on. I bought some musical instruments, pottery objects and wooden toys made by the craftsmen. I ensured that I specifically went to the Tistoj shop that deals with furniture. This place also is known for the national monument- The Franciscan Temple and convent that is decorated with valuable and beautiful paintings that date back to the 17th and 18th century.

San Juan Xecul

This is a beautiful temple that was built in the 16th century. It took me around 16 kilometers from my hotel in the main city to get here. The temple is located at the foot of Mont Chucul and has bright yellow shade to it. Upon asking about the reason of having a temple in such a shade, I came to know that it is the color of the women living there who wear the local huipil. You can go to this temple and admire the spirituality of the saints and angels of this temple.


This Totonicapán village is most famous for its diverse variety of blankets and ponchos of the Momostecan culture. Little did I know, that Momostenango is the also known to be the “City of Altars.” I went on a Sunday as it is the main market day. I saw how the place has altars wherever it is possible to have one. There are people who predict future using seeds, crystals, beans and corn while praying on the altar.

San Franciso El Alto

This place is located on the top of a hill and is 18 kilometers away from Totonicapán’s main market area. It is mostly a dead town that lightens up on Friday which is the market day. I went there on a Friday morning and saw lots of local goods available. I also witnessed trading of goods like animals, tools, seeds etc in the city. You will be astonished by the wonderful altarpieces and carvings present here.