Second Largest City in Guatemala

Trip Start Nov 16, 2009
Trip End Apr 16, 2010

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

We took a shuttle by way of a stop at a gas station drop off and then pick-up by a local travel agent driving us to the city (interest way of getting around)!  Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela (pronounced SHAY-la), is our next stop and is the second largest city in Guatemala.

There are numerous volcanos, hot springs, valleys, mountains, rivers that surround the city. The region provides a harvest of numerous products for the country such as coffee, wheat, fruits and vegetables, as well as sheep and cattle breeding. You can see some of the activities at the local market from the pictures under the entry.
The town conserves traces of it’s colonial period in its streets and avenues. The classical, neoclassical and Italian renaissance styles are evident in the buildings and the houses which have been built during the past century and the beginning of the 20th, with volcanic stones by artistic "Quetzalteco" masons (see the pictures of the court yard).
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Donna/Tom Mazzola on

Not only are enjoying the blog but your photos really bring life to the story. Have you had formal training or do you just have a really good eye?

Keep them coming!

Safe travels!

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