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Todos Santos Cuchumatán

Todos Santos Cuchumatán (Guatemala)

Practical information on Todos Santos Cuchumatán

  • Encounters with locals
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Festivals
  • Handicraft
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1.5 hours' drive from Huehuetenango
When to go
Throughout the year but especially the 1st November!
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Todos Santos Cuchumatán

Perrine J. Seasoned Traveller
27 written opinions

Todos Santos Cuchumatán is one of these villages in the Guatemalan plateau which have decided to preserve all their traditions and still have a fascinating cultural richness today.

My suggestion:
The best advice I can give you on the topic is to come to Todos Santos Cuchumatán one first of November, for the great patronal feast!
My review

If your trip to Guatemala is during November you will almost certainly hear people talking about this little village. Tucked into the heart of a valley at the deepest part of the Cuchumatanes mountain plateau, Todos Santos Cuchumatán is actually unique because every year it organises a huge patronal feast for All Saint's Day. As it was my first time there this year I have to admit that the event is quite impressive. Bringing together peoples from all over the plateau, this festival is in reality a huge horse race during which riders who are drunk from beer rise to the challenge of staying in their saddles for as long as possible on horses that are racing at breakneck speed.

But even if the first of November is far from the ideal time to go there, I believe a detour to this little town is worth it no matter what time of year. The experience is actually very culturally passionate, as the population of Todos Santos Cuchumatán have decided to keep easily recognisable traditional outfits across the country. This outfit, worn by men of all ages, is made up of red and white striped trousers and a shirt of different shades of blue with an embroidered collar and is accompanied by a little round hat.

View over the Todos Santos valley
Street scene in Todos Santos
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