Guatemala City, by Yuliza Muñoz -AGN-. This month, Totonicapán is the department reached by the initiative “Viajando por Guate.” To let Guatemalans know and visit the different attractions that Totonicapán has, the Guatemalan Tourism Institute -Inguat- carried out this initiative that focuses on promoting local tourism.
The initiative’s launch in this department was held in the church of San Andres Xecul, where all Guatemalans were invited to explore this region’s natural and cultural wealth. Also, to discover the different activities and attractions, such as:
- Typical costume of Totonicapán
- Chajil Siwán Park
- La Conquista dance
- Riscos de Momostenango National Park
- Cajetería Ajpop
- Weaving workshops
- San Andrés Xecul Church
The initiative, with the support of local authorities, also included a cultural evening in the small square of the Santiago Apóstol church in San Cristóbal. Visitors enjoyed artistic presentations, typical dishes, and local traditions during the activity.
In addition, entrepreneurs exhibited handcrafted products that demonstrated their talent in the region.
Inguat created this initiative to promote domestic tourism. The institution implemented this project, which proposes the promotion of trips to the different tourist attractions in the country. Through this program, accessible packages are created for the local and foreign population to get to know Guatemala’s diverse attractions.
“Viajando por Guate” was designed to cover most of the country’s territory by publicizing two to three departments per month. The initiative highlighted the tourist attractions offered by 16 of the country’s departments, beginning in February.
The departments reached by this program are:
- February: Sololá and Santa Rosa
- March: Izabal and Quetzaltenango
- May: San Marcos, Alta and Baja Verapaz
- June: Escuintla and Huehuetenango
- August: Zacapa and Chimaltenango
- September: Petén and Sacatepéquez
- October: Retalhuleu and Jutiapa
- November: Chiquimula and Totonicapán