There are a wide variety of tours and treks that can be arranged in Xela. Climbing volcanos, visiting Mayan villages & ruins, colonial churches and volcanic hot springs are just a few of the wonderful and popular activites.

Climb Volcanoes
Santa Maria, Santiaguito

The city of Quetzaltenango “Xela” sits at the base of the 3,772 m/(12,375 ft) Santa María volcano.  One of the most popular treks is to climb Santa María and watch the eruption of the Santiaguito dome.  These eruptions happen regularly and are generally small. However, recently we are seeing large and some extremely large eruptions. This volcano is one of the most active in the world today.

Hikes to the summit of Santa María can be booked with any one of the many agencies in Xela.  Typical cost for the hike is Q300 to Q600 depending on if you go to the summit and spend the night or just hike to the Mirador which is a look out point where you can watch eruptions.

Tour Operators in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 

  • Quetzaltrekkers
    Quetzaltrekkers – Trekking and helping street children
  • Monte Verde Tours
    Monte Verde Tours & Shuttles

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