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Apart from the Parque Central and the theater, there is little to see in Xela. You will have to get out of the city to visit the different villages, hot springs and, local markets. If you’re into hiking, there is a large choice. You can climb either Volcan Tajumulco, Santa Maria or Laguna de Chicabal. Another option is to go cycling along Guatemalan’s bumpy roads. Xela is a great place too to learn salsa dancing and do some yoga. Visitors who have more time can take Spanish and K’iche (Mayan language) lessons in one of the numerous language schools, or volunteer for an NGO.

By Claire Bourgin
I have traveled around the world since I'm a kid. Traveling is now part of my everyday life in Guatemala. I have been living in Quetzaltenango for 3...
29 Aug 2009

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Parque Centroamérica

Parque Centroamérica

Like most Guatemalan cities, Xela is built around a Central Park. The Parque Centroamérica gives a European feel with the presence of Greek columns....

City Plaza
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
Casa de la Cultura

Casa de la Cultura

When the Espiritu Santo Church and Franciscan convent were built, a cemetery was built at the location of the present Casa de la Cultura. In 1872,...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Museo de Historia Natural

This museum has an interesting collection covering the Maya, the liberal revolution in Central American politics and the Estado de Los Altos of which...

Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Teatro Municipal

At the northeast of Parque Central, the theater was built in 1894 by the architect Enrique Jones. On 19 July 1895, General Justo Rufino Barrios...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Parque ZoolĂłgico

Inaugurated on 26 December 1956, this small zoo is a favorite place for Guatemalan families during the weekend. There are a few monkeys, coyotes,...

Other Activity
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Temple Minerva

Outside the Zoo and in the middle of 4 Calle stands the Temple Minerva. It was built in 1900 by the dictator Estrada Cabrera, to honor the Roman...

Historical Building
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala


Cycling is a great way to discover the surroundings of Xela if you’re not afraid of dusty, bumpy roads. You can go to Zunil and Fuentes Georginas,...

Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Volcano Climbing

There are many volcanoes to climb from Xela and the variety will please hikers at all levels. Volcano Tajumulco (4220m) is the highest point in...

Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Horseback Riding

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...

Horseback Riding
Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Museo Del Ferrocarril

The Museo del Ferrocarril is a must see for train enthusiasts or simply those interested in learning a bit more about Guatemala’s history. This...

Quetzaltenango , Guatemala

Santa Maria

Climbing Santa Maria (3772 m) can be easily done from Xela. You can start walking at the village Llanos del Pinal, 5 km south of Xela. The trip to...

Quetzaltenango , Guatemala
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