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Acul (Guatemala)

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2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2hr drive from Santa Cruz del Quiché
When to go
From November to May
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Acul

Perrine J. Travel writer
27 travel articles

At a few kilometres from Santa Maria Nebaj, this tiny hamlet is a great base from which to explore the region and where you can sample the delicious, local cheese.

My suggestion:
It's hard not to be seduced by the taste of 'queso Chancol', a cow's cheese produced on the green meadows around Acul. Even if you don't think it'll match up to a slab of farmhouse Cheddar, it really is worth a try!

Birthplace of Chancol cheese, Acul is a tiny village situated high on a plateau. It's famous for being the region's only dairy-producing zone. This farm/hostel clings to the side of small hill, in a landscape that resembles the Swiss Alps. Surrounded by green meadows, its cheese industry attracts loads of visitors to this isolated, impoverished part of Quiché. As with all towns leading up to Santa Cruz del Quiché, Acul was the victim of numerous clashes during the 1960's to 90's civil war, when the Guatemalan military and rebel groups were at loggerheads.

I also made the most of my time there by exploring the mountains on foot. I have particularly fond memories of the beautiful Santa Avelina waterfall, which is close to the commune of San Juan Cotzal and its wonderful views across the valley.

Acul's scenery
View from the Hacienda Mil Amores in Acul