Quetzaltenango is big, like its name – which the locals kindly shorten to Xela (shell-ah), itself an abbreviation of the original Quiché Maya name, Xelajú – but by Guatemalan standards, it is an orderly, clean and safe city. It tends to attract a more serious type of traveler – people who really want to learn Spanish and then stay around and get involved in the myriad volunteer projects on offer.

Xela also functions as a base for a range of spectacular hikes through the surrounding countryside – the ascent to the summit of Volcán Tajumulco (Central America's highest point) and the three-day trek to Lago de Atitlán,to name a few.

Indigenous Villages

We visit Cantel, home of the glass factory, and Almolonga & Zunil, two colorful indigenous villages surrounded by hills, are waiting for you with their ancient traditions and fertile lands for agriculture. After a great tour, you will have the chance to relax at the hot springs of Fuentes Georginas and enjoy the view of the rainforest. 


Availability Every day
Departure times 08:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 4 hours
Price 35 USD - minimum 2 persons

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for English-speaking guide