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.

San Francisco Market

Visit the biggest indigenous market in Guatemala! This is a not a very well known market, but is 100% authentic. The animal market, typical products, food and vegetables make it a real experience that you can’t miss. This tour is only offered on Fridays, the market day.


Availability Fridays
Departure times 07:00 am and 01:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 5 hours
Price 30 USD - minimum 2 persons

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Spanish-speaking guide

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide