Xela Travel Guide, Guatemala

Guatemala Travel Guide: Xela (Quetzaltenango)

This Xela travel guide consists of a brief overview of the area as well as curated short-lists of hostels, blog posts, travel tips and photos. Further information about Xela is available elsewhere on the site (most site sections are searchable by destination), but this simple travel guide is definitely the best starting point. Xela is the common name for the city of Quetzaltenango in the department of Quetzaltenango.

Getting to Xela

Xela is the capital of the Quetzaltenango department in the western highlands of Guatemala. Group shuttles can be booked to Xela from just about any travelers hostel or hotel in the country, much like other major destinations in Guatemala. Public transit is, of course, cheaper if a little more of a hassle. Chicken buses leave from Guatemala City, calle 41 to Xela every half-hour or so and cost around Q35. Regularly scheduled buses also make the journey, such as Alamo, telephone (502) 2471-8626, which boasts a more comfortable bus with assigned seating and costs around Q65 per passenger.

Xela photos

A dog watches the world.

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A woman carries a baby.

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Xela vendor carries baby.

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A street vendor smiling.

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Young artist paints.

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Pasaje Enriquez in Xela.

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