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Central highlands

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The remote and rural area of Guatemala’s highlands forms an extensive region from Antigua up to the Mexican Border and into central Guatemala, where small villages live a very traditional way of life.

Discover simple villages, market towns and small farming communities, such as Xela, Huehuetenango, and Todos Santos, where people live much as they have for centuries, and where they still hold onto beliefs, rituals and traditions handed down through generations. Visit these towns at Easter or All Saints’ Day for horse races and kite festivals.

Explore the coffee plantations of the highlands by visiting a local co-operative who offer support to Guatemalan farmers to produce environmentally sustainable goods and develop direct trade for their artisan products. The Kite Festival in the highlands celebrating the Day of the Dead fills the skies with a mass of colourful homemade kites in Santiago Sacatepequez for a unique celebration in November.

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