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Chancol (Guatemala)

Practical information about Chancol

  • Encounters with locals
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Horse
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hour 15 on the road from Huehuetenango
When to go
All year, but especially from January to April
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Chancol

Perrine J. Travel writer
27 travel articles

This tiny Altiplano village, located on the hills of the Cuchumatanes plateau, offers up large, arid expanses which change dramatically with the passing seasons.

My suggestion:
This region is perfect for horseriding, so I advise you to take advantage of it and go riding on one of the numerous paths which cross this mountainous plateau.

I hadn't planned to stop off at this little village during my trip to Guatemala, but the prospect of being able to do a little horseriding amid stunning scenery quickly made me change my mind. Consisting of a few houses scattered on the Cuchumatanes' plateau, Chancol is a peaceful village where time seems to have stood still.

I had decided to stay at the plateau's only farm-lodge in order to be able to go horseriding with the owners. Struggling against the cold (particularly harsh at this wintery time), we set off to explore the surroundings. Consisting of a mix of large, wild expanses, alpine vegetation and peaceful pastures, the landscapes in Chancol are striking. I think a detour via the Cuchumatanes will seduce any traveller in search of calm and nature, even though they're a little isolated from the classic tourist sites. It's also a perfect stop on the road to the traditional village of Todos Santos.

Landscapes consisting of large, wild expanses in Chancol
View of Unicornio Azul Hacienda in Chancol