The valuable stamp

Of course you want to stay longer in Guatemala. 90 days on your visa are sometimes too short to really experience all the beauty of the country of eternal spring, especially if you took the time to learn Spanish or you started volunteering. To renew your visa, you can’t just go south. Nicaragua, Honduras, El…

The Necrotour: A cultural walk through the cemetery of Xela

The Necrotour is a tour through the cemetery, a grand tradition in Europe where it is common for tourists to visit the catacombs. In Guatemala, small steps are being taken and some cemeteries have decided to open their gates to curious people and organize specific routes. In Quetzaltenango, besides its obvious function, some understand that the…

Community Tourism: the way to go?

Coming to Guatemala is helping the local economy, we thank you for that. But think for a moment, do you know the people? Many touristic products bypass the locals, drop tourists off at a certain attraction and bring them back with the tourists avoiding eye contact at all costs. One way to not make your visit…

#XelaTop10 – The reasons why you should come

This blog has had a few posts about the lovely city of Quetzaltenango. Now we’re proud to present to you the #XelaTop10! The ten reasons why you should come to this city. See them here.

Where to experience the Holy Week?

The Holy Week (or Semana Santa) is coming fast. We have already been in the forty days before Easter for a while and the atmosphere is visibly growing. Little ceremonies are sporadically taking place around the most important colonial cities of Guatemala and in no time we’ll all be getting goosebumps of the typical suits, music…

Viewing the highly active Santiaguito volcano

These weeks, the Santiaguito volcano has been erupting with lots of force. Smoke from the volcano is often visible from far away and a great way to see it, is going to the viewpoint halfway up the Santa Maria Volcano. It’s an easy hike, accessible for all ages and a perfect choice for families. The…

Mayan history worked into art

Art is one of those things you can find a lot in San Juan La Laguna. It has some artists that work with very colorful styles. Benedicto Ixtamer is an artist who has made it his life mission to capture the rich Mayan history into beautiful paintings in different styles. His place near the coffee…

Fuentes Georginas: the story

The region of Quetzaltenango is a hot place during the day and a cold place during the night and morning. We are sure that the wish to live with the nature, the feeling of walking between the clouds and a relaxing bath in the hot springs, will make you wish to get to know the…

Tasting the delicious coffee of San Juan La Laguna

Guatemalan coffee is of the nicest in the world. San Juan La Laguna, next to the town of San Pedro La Laguna, is a perfect place to visit a coffee plantation. The coffee beans are picked from a large coffee plantation in the west part of the city.  It’s a cooperation led by several local…

Getting to know the profound history of Xela

Quetzaltenango is one of those cities that can bring you endless entertainment. A lot of people come here to live, work or study Spanish. As a young intern in Guatemala, I couldn’t help but feel happy that I ended up in this impressive city. The endless list of recommendations that locals and tourists throw at…

The meeting of the clouds in Chicabal

Some minutes past six in the morning, the van arrived with a friendly driver and a local tour guide. Three French people were already tucked in, ready to commence the ride to the base of the Volcano Chicabal. Already when we left Xela, we could enjoy a magificent view. A huge smoke cloud was visible…