It is the 2nd largest city of the Central American country of Guatemala, its bliss to visit there. On my visit there, the architecture alongside the beauty of the diverse terrain really imprinted the site in my memory forever. Over there it is known by its indigenous name of Xela. Being the capital of Quetzaltenango department, one does not feel amiss in the hustle and bustle of a city whilst experiencing the wondrous nature of the Central American climate. To properly enjoy the climate, it is advised that one should visit in the months of Dec-Apr.
One of the best attractions of the city was its active volcano of Santa Maria, which reaches a massive 12,256 feet high. It takes an average man about 3-4 hours of climbing from the nearby village of Llanos Del Pinal. But the hard work obtains a worthwhile fruit, as the view from the top is mesmerizing. On one side you can see the vast coastal line along with the marked cities and on the other hand, a live volcano, which erupts at least once an hour.
With the nature in pockets, the next attraction is the small town of Almolonga, which offers a live and vivid market on Saturdays and Wednesdays. It also hosts an annual festival during the last week of June, which is a must see. The city is home to a number of hot springs, like, El Rosario and Las Aguas Amargas.
Next to visit is the city of Cantel, which is a 20 min drive from Quetzaltenango. It is famous for the production of handmade blown glass. Also, just outside the village is an archaeological site of Chojolom.
San Juan Ostuncalco
This town is about 12 km away from Quetzaltenango and is a place where one can shop for all things from musical instruments to hand-woven materials to wicker furniture.