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.

Colonial Churches: San Cristóbal, San Andrés Xecul, Salcajá

Participate in a great tour to the most beautiful colonial churches in the region of Quetzaltenango. Architecture, religion and traditions are part of this tour through the towns San Andrés Xecul, Salcajá and San Cristóbal Totonicapán. Don't forget to take lots of pictures of the church portraid on the cover of Lonely Planet Guatemala.

During this tour, you will also visit local families to learn about how textiles and drinks are produced. Besides religion, it's a way to get to know the traditions of the local towns.

Departure Time:

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

  Spanish-speaking guide
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide