How do you get from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango?
The quickest way to get from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango is to taxi which costs $140 – $180 and takes 2h 59m. Is there a direct bus between Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango? Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Guatemala City and arriving at Xela. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day.
How far is Atitlan from Guatemala City?
Getting to Lake Atitlan
Lake Atitlan is located roughly 150km west of Guatemala City.
Is Xela worth visiting?
There’s nothing pretty about Xela. As for me, I’d recommend Xela not for the city itself but as a base to explore the Western Highlands. There’s so much within spitting distance of the city that’s worth visiting and Xela is a good place to call home at the end of the day.
What is Quetzaltenango known for?
Quetzaltenango is a centre for trade between the coast and the highlands and a processing centre with textile factories, mills, and breweries. The city has preserved much of its Neoclassical architecture.
How safe is Guatemala?
Guatemala has one of the highest violent crime rates in Latin America, one of the world’s highest homicide rates and a very low arrest and detention rate. Most incidents of violent crime are drug- and gang-related. They occur throughout the country, including in tourist destinations.
Is Lake Atitlan Guatemala safe?
However, let me tell you this: as a young woman travelling independently in Guatemala, I felt very safe – especially on Lake Atitlan. Now, if you’re planning to spend time in Guatemala City, there are some serious safety precautions you should consider, as the capital is one of the most dangerous parts of the country.
What does xelaju mean?
Their native allies the Nahuas from Central Mexico called the city Quetzaltenango, meaning “the place of the Quetzal bird” in the Nahua language. The Spanish took the name from the Nahuas. It’s still the city’s official name, but locals are more apt to casually call it “Xela” from the the ancient name of Xelajú.
Why is Quetzaltenango called Xela?
Xela is its much shorter nickname, derived from the old Mayan name for the city, Xelaju. It’s pronounced “sheh-la”, so make sure to say it that way if you want to sound like a local.
Is Quetzaltenango safe?
Antigua and Quetzaltenango are both perfectly safe during the day. They may be a bit riskier at night, but I had no problems walking around in a group after dark. There have been incidents of robberies after club closing time, but like anywhere, if the necessary precautions are taken, the risks aren’t huge.