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Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa is in the Pacific Lowlands of Guatemala.


Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa (often shortened to just Santa), is a hot, busy town in a sugar-producing region of the Pacific plain - the air smells of burnt sugar from the many refinaries in the area.

Get in[edit]

Buses from Mazatenango and Escuintla.

Get around[edit]

Walk, taxi or tuk-tuk.


  • El Baúl. Sugar plantation with on-site museum of prehispanic sculpture excavated from the cane-fields, plus a couple of old narrow-guage steam engines once used on the plantations.
  • Bilbao. A couple of prehispanic boulder sculptures among sugar-cane fields.
  • La Democracia. A small town with an impressive array of prehispanic boulder sculptures laid out around the main plaza, brought there from the Monte Alto site. There is also a small regional museum.





Don't accept ice in any drink, unless you want a dose of amoebas, not even in chain restaurants like Pollo Campero etc.



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