Quetzaltenango (Xela): My Favorite Guatemalan City

My favorite city in Guatemala has many merits, not least of which is that it makes me want to stand in the middle of an empty field and belt out its name. On paper it’s called Quetzaltenango, but most people simply refer to it as Xela, an abbreviated version of its original K’iche’ Maya name, […]

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Visit Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs (don’t drink the water)

“I want to taste the water.” Visit a thermal spring and this may not be the first thing that you tell your fiancé. I, however, knew that I wasn’t leaving Fuentes Georginas hot springs without knowing exactly what its steamy, sulfur-smelling waters tasted like. I’ve tasted ocean water, lake water, and pool water, and I […]

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