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.

Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

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.


Information

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
Included

Spanish-speaking guide

  Walking Tour
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Bike Tours

bike tours quetzaltenango

Route to San Andrés Xecúl (Level: medium)

It is a tour to the one of the most colorful church of the región, named San Andrés Xecul, you can watching the beautiful scenery of our beautiful Quetzaltenango because we take an alternate route, where you will find nature and people greet you with a big smile.

-Time 4 Hrs.

  • 1   PAX     $53
  • 2   PAXS   $40  p.p
  • 3   PAXS   $33  p.p
  • 4   PAXS ó más   $26 p.p

Route to Colonial Churches (Level: dificult)

Participate in a great tour to the most beautiful colonial churches in the region of Quetzaltenango. Architecture, religion and traditions are part of this tour through the towns and churches of San Andrés Xecul, Salcajá and San Cristóbal Totonicapán.

-Time 6 Hrs.

  • 1   PAX     $60
  • 2   PAXS   $46 p.p
  • 3   PAXS   $40 p.p.
  • 4   PAXS ó más   $33 p.p.  

Route to Fuentes Georginas (Level: advanced)

This is a great tour with a wonderful view, you go for a route where you can see how the extraordinary plantations adorn you around, when you arrive you can take a natural hot bath in Fuentes Georginas in Zunil to relax , and return in a private car to Quetzaltenango.

  • 1   PAX     $86 
  • 2   PAXS   $56 p.p 
  • 3   PAXS   $50 p.p  
  • 4   PAXS ó más   $46 p.p

Included: mountain bike, helmet head and a guide.

If you would a profesional route, you need to ask in our office to check disponibility and explain the route.

Any tour is best to do in the morning.

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Cultural Tour with Tranvía de Los Altos

Discover the beauty of the buildings and streets of the "Ciudad de los Altos" by a tour through Tranvía de Los Altos.  Also, see a spectacular panoramic view of the second most important city in Guatemala from the viewpoint El Baúl.


Information

Availability Every day
Departure times Every 2 hours starting from 08:00 am
Departure point Pasaje Enríquez
Duration Approx. 2 hours
Price 25 USD - minimum 2 persons
Included

Tour in Tranvía de los Altos

  Local guide
+ 10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide
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Horseback riding

Would you like to go for a ride? 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 vertigo of the ravines with carpets of crops on the bottom, the surprise of the locals. We will ride from Salcajá to San Andres Xecul and for the experienced riders, we will return to Salcaja over a different trail! This tour is even for beginners and people with very little knowledge of horseback riding.

Information

Availability Every day
Departure times 08:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 5 hours
Price 35 USD p.p. - minimum 2 persons
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Spanish-speaking guide
  Horses

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Coffee farm

The area of Quetzaltenango is one of the best to let you see and experience Guatemala as a well-known producer of the best coffee in the world!


You have the chance to learn more about the production of this grain. Take a look at the famous cacao, rubber and macadamia plantations and enjoy the rural tourism. You have the option of four different farms, each with a different focus on sustainable tourism, different products and services.

Please have a look at the websites of the different farms:

El Patricinio: www.reservapatrocinio.com

Nueva Alianza: www.comunidadnuevaalianza.org

Santa Elena: www.fincasantaelena.com/home.html 

Takalik Mayan Lodge: www.takalikabaj.com

Information

Availability Every day
Departure times 07:00 am and 01:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 7 hours
Price 65 USD - minimum 2 persons
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Refugio del Quetzal

You do not have to go far away from Quetzaltenango to visit one of the sanctuaries of Guatemala's national bird.

This is a unique experience to admire the mysterious Quetzal living in its natural environment of a beautiful rainforest. The village is about 1 ½ hrs by private transport from Quetzaltenango. Binoculars are provided as well as breakfast.

Information

Availability Every day
Departure times 05:00 am
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 5 hours
Price 63 USD - minimum 2 persons
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

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.


Information

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
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Spanish-speaking guide

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

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.


Information

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
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

+15 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Colonial Churches: San Cristóbal, San Andrés Xecul, Salcajá

Participate in a great tour to the most beautiful colonial churches in the region of Quetzaltenango. Architecture, religion and traditions are part of this tour through the towns San Andrés Xecul, Salcajá and San Cristóbal Totonicapán. Don't forget to take lots of pictures of the church portraid on the cover of Lonely Planet Guatemala.


During this tour, you will also visit local families to learn about how textiles and drinks are produced. Besides religion, it's a way to get to know the traditions of the local towns.

Departure Time:

Availability Every day
Departure times 08:00 am and 02:00 pm
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 4 hours
Price 35 USD - minimum 2 persons
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Spanish-speaking guide
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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Quetzaltenango 11 July 2016

Chichicastenango market tour

Surrounded by valleys and mountains scattering the horizons, Chichicastenango seems to be isolated from time and space and the rest of Guatemala.


When its narrow cobbled streets and red-tiled roofs are enveloped in mist, it seems magical. On the Thursday and Sunday market local craftsmen from the entire region come to this town to sell their goods.  Shamanistic and other ceremonials can be found here as well. Apart from the market you can visit the cathedral, museum Rossbach, a mask factory and Pascual Abaj. During the Sunday market you also have a good chance to see the cofradias (Mayan religious brotherhoods) who often hold precessions in and around the church of Santo Tomás on Sunday.

Information

Availability Thursdays and Sundays
Departure times 07:00 am
Departure point Your hotel/address
Duration Approx. 8 hours
Price 60 USD - minimum 2 persons
Included

Return transport from Quetzaltenango

  Local guide
  Entrance fees

+10 USD per group for an English-speaking guide

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