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.

Horseback riding

Would you like to go for a ride? Saddle up for a horseback adventure in the Quetzaltenango valley!

Feel the magic of freedom and infinite space, the intense blue of the sky, the vertigo of the ravines with carpets of crops on the bottom, the surprise of the locals. We will ride from Salcajá to San Andres Xecul and for the experienced riders, we will return to Salcaja over a different trail! This tour is even for beginners and people with very little knowledge of horseback riding.


Availability Every day
Departure times 08:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 5 hours
Price 35 USD p.p. - minimum 2 persons

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Spanish-speaking guide