Quetzaltenango is known
Regionally as Xela


Quetzaltenango is a really beautiful city. It is very high in the Sierras Madres with a height of 2.333 meters. Quetzaltenango has mountains and volcanoes around the city and has narrow cobblestone streets built for walking and filled with colorful signs of the Maya culture. Xela is much more than a place to study. For many students it seems like a second home.

Xela is a university town with a public university (San Carlos of Guatemala) and nine private universities. Because of a large population of students, Guatemalans and foreigners studying Spanish, Xela has many coffee shops and an active nightlife with clubs, billiards and bars. There are also modern banks, grocery stores, hotels, internet cafes, pastry shops, bakeries, theaters and restaurants.

On the streets of Quetzaltenango no classic and old buildings and monuments. The opposite of the new is more visible in Central Park and is what gives the charm of the city. Everything is easy and within walking distance but if you do not want to walk, the buses and taxis are cheap to see the city and very convenient alternatives.


Quetzaltenango, with a population of 250,000, is 200km west of the capital and is at the center of southwestern Guatemala. Xela is the second largest city in Guatemala and one of the cities that is growing very rapidly in Central America city. Although Xela is in the mountains it is only an hour by car to the tropical Pacific coast.

At 2333 meters above sea level, the climate of Xela is perfect. The average temperature for the year is 21 ° C during the day and 7 ° C at night. Xela has green land all year but during the rainy season everything is greener and the flowers are the most beautiful and great. You need to bring a heavy sweater for mornings and evenings because they are cold but also bring shirts to wear during warm days.

The People

Indian culture has no limits in Guatemala. Xela has the heart of all Mayan customs and is beautiful with its diversities. Xela is the second most important commercial city business in the country and many people come from small towns that are far from Xela to sell their products on the market. Women in traditional dress are as common as men in their formal suits carrying briefcases.

When studying the Spanish here, you will have the opportunity to experience all by itself. As a school, we try to use all the advantages of this city. We traveled to Zunil so beautiful to see the church or different cooperatives where women work together making products and improving their lives.

Other opportunities is to do volunteer work with some of the many organizations Xela. In this way, you will meet people who produce vibration and colors of Xela.

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