Written by Yessika from The Guatemala
A wonderful area where you can trek and enjoy the ecology, Mayan culture and nature of the country.
Where to stay on a budget?
Xela offers a different kind of staying. Pension Bonifáz is the best hotel (4 stars) from $82 USD per night. But, there is a lot of lower priced hotels and hostels if you search around on Booking.com and Hostelworld.
If you want a medium priced hotel or, if you travel with family I recommend Villa de Don Andres Bed & Breakfast, the price is around $44 USD.
Or, the inexpensive option are hostels and I can recommend Black Cat hostel. Which is $10 USD per night.
The location for all three places I have listed are very easy to get to, just one block from the central park.
Where to eat on a budget?
If you love to try local food I recommend Utz Hua, which is a restaurant where you can find only Guatemalan food.
If you love to eat international food, we have Chinese food at Shi long restaurant, Indian food (which is my favourite) the name of the restaurant is Sabor del La India and French food at Carninaly Restaurant. All of them are located around the central park.
What to do or to look at?
Some interesting things to do is weaving, there is an Association called TRAMA. Also you can take Salsa Classes, Study Spanish as a Second language at Spanish School La Democracia, treks around the city with a Tour Operator Called Travel & Health Guatemala. Also, Social Tourism which is where you visit different Mayan communities to explore their lifestyle and spend time with the locals.
What not to do?
In this situation I can only say, don’t walk alone during the night, take a taxi to prevent any inconveniences, as you should do in other countries.
3 fun facts
People on the street always say Hola and Adios, which means “Hello” or “Good bye” , also with a smile. Many Mayan people speak Spanish as a second language, so try to Speak some Spanish so you don’t have limitations when talking with the locals.
Go to El Cuartito which is a Cafe where you can drink coffee, some locals beers and listen to live music.
This great guide was written by Yessika Calderón. Check her out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. She also has a blog, check it out here. If you are looking for more accommodation then check out Agoda and Hostelworld, I highly recommend them. Travel insurance? Go World Nomads, a trusted and reliable travel insurance company.
Author: My name is Yessika Calderón, I started to travel in my home country when I was 10 years old with my family because they love to travel as well, when I was 18 years old, I left my country to explore Europe, and I can say that was an amazing experiences, (exchange culture) Now I am living in Guatemala, my home country, and I love to share some ideas about how travel in Guatemala, also I love to write many different reasons why people should to visit Guatemala, at least, once in life. I am a guide in Guatemala.