Quetzaltenango Journals

Great Guatemala Loop Part 4 – Quetzaltenango

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A January 2004 trip to Quetzaltenango by lcampbell

Center square Photo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala More Photos
Quote: In Part 4 of 7 of our month-long journey around Guatemala, we head for the top of Guatemala when we summit Volcano Tajamulco, the highest spot in the country, at 4,220 meters. Afterward, we soothe our muscles at Fuentes Georginas hot pools.

Great Guatemala Loop Part 4 – Quetzaltenango

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Overview

Center square Photo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Quetzaltenango -– often called Xela (shay-la) –- is a large city with a population over 100,000. Present are the pitfalls of all large cities: cars, pollution, noise, chaos. But it is a great home base for a ton of activities, with the big-city advantages of competitive prices and plenty of hotels, restaurants, services. Surrounding Xela are the Santa María and Santiaguito volcanos. There are many companies offering guided hikes, but I highly recommend going with Quetzaltrekkers. This non-profit company is run by volunteers, with proceeds used for a school for at-risk youth/dorm for homeless children. Two of the kids joined us on our backpacking trip up Tajamulco Volcano, the highe...Read More

Casa Argentina

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Hotel

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Our Room: Our room was very clean and had some character. Private or Shared Bath? Shared bath, with a warmer-than-most shower. Occasionally, we had to wait a bit to use the bathroom/shower. The Atmosphere: Very friendly atmosphere, in reference to the travelers as well as the family running the hotel. The family always took a moment to chat with us if we came into the kitchen for some coffee or tea. Some of the family kids and their friends were often playing games and would welcome travelers who wanted to kick around the soccer ball. Food and Other Amenities: There is no restaurant on-site, but there is a community kitc...Read More

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Casa Argentina
Diagonal 12 8-37
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
761-2470

Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers

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Attraction | "Tajamulco Trek"

Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers Photo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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"Mare! Mare! Den fisch den machma hi!" his voice boomed. He grinned as he swung an invisible beer stein. Jurgen was singing a Bavarian drinking song, although we weren’t in Bavaria, and we weren’t drinking. We were sitting around the campfire, trying to stay warm, at our campsite on the side of Tajamulco Volcano. As he finished his song, people from six countries applauded. Earlier in the day, our group had hiked most of the way up Tajamulco Volcano together, led by guides from Quetzaltrekkers, a non-profit hiking tour company out of Quetzaltenengo. An hour into the hike, we had gotten a glimpse of our goal for the next morning: the summit of Tajamulco, the highest point in Central America ...Read More

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Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers
Casa Argentina Guest House
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers

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Attraction

Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers Photo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Quetzeltrekkers is located at Casa Argentina, in the city of Quetzeltenengo (Xela). It opened in 1995 and offers guiding hiking trips in the highlands of western Guatemala. The all-inclusive hikes are moderately priced and well-organized. The unique aspect of Quetzaltrekkers, versus the other guided hiking companies in Xela, is that it is run by volunteers, and all profits go to support Escuela de the Calle (EDELAC). EDELAC operates a school that offers educational, nutritional, health, and social assistance to youth at risk of becoming street children. The effort at the school is in prevention. They also offer help to children already on the street by operating a dorm, to provide a safe place t...Read More

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Guided hikes with Quetzaltrekkers
Casa Argentina Guest House
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Fuentes Georginas

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Attraction

Fuentes Georginas Photo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Description: My guidebook refers to the hot springs near Zunil – called Fuentes Georginas – as both "idyllic" and, with regard to the aftermath of a landslide in 1998, "hotter than ever." Needless to say, I found neither of these things to be absolutely accurate. True, the site is pretty. It has not been totally deforested like most other areas, and there are nice views down the valley. But I wouldn’t call it idyllic. Now, the hot springs were indeed hot. Unfortunately, the springs, at least when we were there, consisted of four or five trickles coming down a large rock wall. When the hot trickles reached the pond-size pool, the heat quickly dispersed. The resulting ...Read More

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Fuentes Georginas
outside of Quetzaltenango
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala