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.

Coffee farm

The area of Quetzaltenango is one of the best to let you see and experience Guatemala as a well-known producer of the best coffee in the world!

You have the chance to learn more about the production of this grain. Take a look at the famous cacao, rubber and macadamia plantations and enjoy the rural tourism. You have the option of four different farms, each with a different focus on sustainable tourism, different products and services.

Please have a look at the websites of the different farms:

El Patricinio: www.reservapatrocinio.com

Nueva Alianza: www.comunidadnuevaalianza.org

Santa Elena: www.fincasantaelena.com/home.html 

Takalik Mayan Lodge: www.takalikabaj.com


Availability Every day
Departure times 07:00 am and 01:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 7 hours
Price 65 USD - minimum 2 persons

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

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