It was the year of 1543 and 19 families that shared the last names of Lopez, Cardona and Estrada decided to settle in a beautiful location of the Valley of Sacatepequez or Valley of the Emerald. This is how the history starts, and is still told to tourists that visit the bathing place Los Tres Chorros (The 3 Jets) and the famous Stone of Los Lopez.
Crafts and traditions are mixed in Chichicastenango, giving it a commercial and mystic sense. In the Department of Quiche, time goes by between colorful tissues, the smell of incense and peculiar noises of the quiche language.
A place with the sole purpose of seeking relaxation seems a little bit strange; but one afternoon in the village of Chiantla is more than enough to relieve you from all tensions, and sooth you with green and mountains.
The woods, the view, the scale replicas of the cities of Tikal, Zaculeu, and Antigua Guatemala are only a few of the many beauties that United Nations Park (Parque de las Naciones Unidas) counts with, located only minutes away from Guatemala City.