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.

Cultural Tour with Tranvía de Los Altos

Discover the beauty of the buildings and streets of the "Ciudad de los Altos" by a tour through Tranvía de Los Altos.  Also, see a spectacular panoramic view of the second most important city in Guatemala from the viewpoint El Baúl.


Availability Every day
Departure times Every 2 hours starting from 08:00 am
Departure point Pasaje Enríquez
Duration Approx. 2 hours
Price 25 USD - minimum 2 persons

Tour in Tranvía de los Altos

  Local guide
+ 10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide