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 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…

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…

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…

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…