QUETZALTENANGO
ALSO CALLEDXELAJU
DESTRUCTIVE VOLCANIC ERUPTION1902
ALTITUDE1.5 MILES
The second largest city in Guatemala, Quetzlatenango, or the simplified Xela as pronounced by locals, offers an abundance of hotels, restaurants and night life to keep any traveler entertained. Many use it as a home base for journeying through the wild and wondrous natural environment directly outside the city.

For instance, one such attraction is the Volcano Tajumulco—the highest point in Central America. You can also backpack to Lake Atitlan from here. Whether you’re in the mood for local culture or the adventurous outdoors, Xela has both!
  • VOLCANOES

    The city is ringed by both active and inactive volcanos—meaning the views from numerous places are phenomenal. And if you do attempt the ascent up the Volcano Tajumulco be prepared for even more breathtaking panoramas.

  • LEARN SPANISH

    Many of the schools in Xela are open to offering visitors to the area Spanish instruction and their rates are very affordable. You can do it on a weekly basis, or also volunteer and learn on-the-job.

  • PARQUE CENTRO AMERICA

    The heart of the city’s culture is in many ways embodied in this central plaza. There are a number of statues and monuments throughout symbolizing significant moments and people of the Xela’s past. And of course, you will be sure to find food, drink and fun activities.

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