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 Walking Tour

Discover the "Ciudad de los Altos" through this walking tour of about two hours, to admire the beauty of its buildings and architecture. An expert guide is going to explain you everything you want to learn about the history and culture of the second most important city in Guatemala.


Availability Every day
Departure times 09:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 2 hours
Price 30 USD p.p. - minimum 2 persons

Spanish-speaking guide

  Walking Tour
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide