The Place and The People
You’ll be based in Quetzaltenango (called “Xela” – shay-lah by the locals), four hours from the capital city. Known as the “city that is the soul of culture,” Xela is the epicenter of indigenous Maya art and music.
Delve into the well-kept traditions of the Maya and get to know the Xelaju people in a town full of historical treasures and scenic beauty. On any given day, you’ll see local families in the narrow city streets — adorned in brightly colored traditional fabrics, walking past artisan markets selling age-old handicrafts. In the distance, vast plains make way for volcanoes that scrape the sky.