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    Audra Leigh "SDCheers.com"
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    3 Jul 15, 2014

    Xela is a pretty large city in the middle of the mountains. It's pretty cool here on a regular basis. There are a few spots for gringos and other than that, go with a local or a tour guide to stay safe and learn about the city. It's definitely not a luxurious location. But I'd go back in a heartbeat to show loved ones this town.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    3 Oct 22, 2013

    Guatemala's 2nd city, Quetzaltenango (also known by its indigenous name, Xela) would hardly be described as beautiful, but it has a charm all its own. Best used as a base for trekking in the surrounding mountains and volcanoes, or for those looking to study Spanish without the distracting glut of English speakers in Antigua. In a country as small as Guatemala, it's certainly worth a visit while you do the circuit.

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    Evan Roth-Howe
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Guatemala's second city is much more charming (and safe) than the capital. A good base to organize treks and volcano hikes. "Xela," as it is more commonly known, is also home to many language schools and is a great place to spend a few months studying and volunteering with an organization like TRAMA, which trains physically abused women to make crafts so they can leave their abusive partners without worrying about finances. Even if you're just passing through, stop by their shop and pick up some shawls, table runners, wall hangings, etc. to support their work.

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    Elain Cruz
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    mama d2 kaba

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Quetzaltenango is a colonial town settled by the Conquistadores and surrounded by mist-covered mountains, the Santa Maria volcano and the active Santiaguito volcano. Quetzaltenango is called Xelaju or simply Xela (shay-lay) by almost everyone, including its Quiche Maya citizens who still use this original Quiche name for the site where the Spanish conquistadores built their city. Quetzaltenango is ... read more
the commerial center of Southwestern Guatemala. It is the center of the Quiche Maya people and the second largest city of Guatemala.

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Aliases: Xelaju, Xela