INGUAT Promotes Chiquimula Cultural and Natural Richness

Several tourist destinations are promoted during the day of combined services in Chiquimula.

by Pamela Contreras

Chiquimula, by Karla Peralta -AGN- The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism -Inguat- promoted the cultural and natural richness of Chiquimula, during a combined services day held in the departmental capital of Chiquimula.

Since the beginning of the activity, Inguat staff shared graphic material and detailed information with the neighbors about the main destinations offered in the jurisdiction.

This material promotes the different support services available for local and foreign tourists through interinstitutional coordination and with the support of civil and community organizations.

The information includes access routes, restaurants, lodging locations, and a list of registered guides and tour operators.

Faith Guardians 

Located 50 meters from the road to Esquipulas, the temple of the Virgen de la Asunción, known as the Old Church, is one of the places promoted in this event. It is an architectural work built in the seventeenth century, considered the oldest in the region. 

Another cultural site is the Nuestra Señora del Tránsito parish in El Calvario, Chiquimula. This colonial building protects, among others, the image of Jesus Nazareno.

The Ermita de Santa Elena, built in the eighteenth century, with a small forest between the church and the Shutaque River, in Chiquimula, is another option for those who enjoy religious culture and history.

The church of San Jacinto was also built between 1756 and 1776. Finally, we also mention the parish church of Santiago, which dates back to the 17th century and initially housed the Black Christ.

The well-known Ruta Santa de la Capital Centroamericana de la Fe, which includes a tour of the sites above, offers accommodation and recreation options until it culminates in the Basilica of Esquipulas.

Natural Richness

As for natural attractions, Inguat invites people to visit the Ipala volcano and lagoon, about 170 kilometers from Guatemala City.

The access road is paved for 130 kilometers. Then, a dirt road is taken that is in good condition and leads to the village of Monterrico.

The volcano has a height of 1,650 meters above sea level, and its ascent takes approximately one hour and a half. This is an ideal place to hike, camp, and enjoy the flora and fauna.

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