Life on the Quisil river is better.

Without a doubt, Huehuetenango is absolutely a region you must visit when going to Guatemala. Due to its size and varying altitudes, it has a varying climate and magnificent landscapes. The majority of the people living in this region is still of Mayan descent. They are living together with nature in this beautiful area. To protect…

Climb mountains so you can see the world.

When in Quetzaltenango an absolute must is climbing Volcán Santa María. This rising volcano is a hikers’ dream in the western highlands of Guatemala. The trail is challenging, but absolutely worth every minute of effort. The excursion to the summit starts around 5:30am, but it is a wonderful moment to start. Why? At this time…

Why El Refugio del Quetzal should be on your bucket list?

If you are traveling around in Guatemala, it’s on every tourist his bucket list to see Guatemala’s national bird, the quetzal. The quetzal is the symbol of this nation, even the local currency is known as “quetzal”. El Refugio del Quetzal in San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta is the perfect place to spot this…

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…

Calle Santander: the hotspot of Panajachel

If you stay in Panajachel, you’ll soon find that Calle Santander is the real place to be. The street is filled with restaurants waiting for you to taste their variety of meals. It’s also partly a shopping street, with lots of handicrafts and other curiosities. Even Wi-Fi is now provided! Panajachel is a popular destination….

#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…