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.

Takalik Abaj

Takalik is one of the oldest archeological sites in Guatemala. Here, you will find a combination of Olmeca-Maya style in the middle of a subtropical forest. The mystic of these great civilizations is well preserved at the National Park Takalik Abaj.


Availability Every day
Departure times 07:00 am and 01:30 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 6 hours
Price 65 USD - minimum 2 persons

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

+15 USD per group for an English-speaking guide