English Dutch French Portuguese Spanish
 

Quetzaltenango / Guatemala

 
HomeQuetzaltenango / Guatemala
Error
  • JFolder: :files: Path is not a folder. Path: /home/content/49/9910249/html/meetingplanners/images/xelanoche
Notice
  • There was a problem rendering your image gallery. Please make sure that the folder you are using in the Simple Image Gallery Pro plugin tags exists and contains valid image files. The plugin could not locate the folder: images/xelanoche

Why Choose Us?

Who we are

The country, especially the city of QUETZALTENANGO, has been growing as an important place to celebrate national and world events. Guatemala is full of natural wealth, as it  is a multicultural and multiethnic country, and is also easy to reach within Central America.

Read More

Recent Events

27 Nov

MITM AMERICAS

Our General Manager PATRICK VERCOUTERE is going to assist MITM AMERICAS beginning of December 2012.…
23 Nov

Nightlife

Nightlife Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Nightlife, Clubs, Bars, Discos and Hangouts Xela has a very active nightlife.…
20 Nov

About GUATEMALA

    GUATEMALA   Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan world. It is alive,…
20 Nov

About Quetzaltenango

QUETZALTENANGO The region of Altiplano Indigena , where Quetzaltenango is located, is characterized by its…
20 Nov

Incentive travel

Incentive Tours: Find the perfect destination that fulfills the interests and expectations of your group…
19 Nov

GLOBAL CONTACTS MEDISCH MULTIDISCIPLINAIR SYMPOSIUM

Each year, doctors (of different specialties) are making a trip to another popular tourist destination…
Read more...
08 Nov

Why Choose Us?

Meeting Planners This company has a lot of experience in managing large groups for new…
07 Nov

BUSINESS SEMINAR OCT-2012

The first business seminar.Development of tourism meetings "M.I.C.E" in Quetzaltenango Guatemala  
Read more...
07 Nov

Convention Bureau

Meetingplanners Guatemala is part of the CONVENTION BUREAU QUETZALTENANGO , founding member and Vice presidency…
Read more...

Contact Us


  • PBX (502) 7932-5858 
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 13 Av. 4-25 Zone 1
  • Inside Pasaje Enriquez
  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
  • More

pasaje-enrriquez-de-noche-500x325

Nightlife

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Nightlife, Clubs, Bars, Discos and Hangouts

Xela has a very active nightlife. Many locals and tourists start out at the popular bar known as Salón Tecún, which is in the Pasaje Enriquez building in front of the Central Park.

 

The main "club" scene is located in Zona Viva (Live Zone), in the heart of Zona 1.

Zona Viva is around Avenida 12, 13, 14, 14 "A" and 15, between calle 1 and calle 6.

You will find restaurants, dance clubs, bars, cafes, etc. in this area.

 Some of the popular dance clubs, or ‘discos,’ include La Paranda and La Rumba.

For a more mellow environment, try Pool And Beer, 12a Av. 10-21, Zona 1; 

La Fonda del Che 15a Av. 7-43, Zona 1; or El Cuartito, 13a Av. 7-09, Zona 1. 

 

 

{gallery}xelanoche{/gallery}

Tourist Sites of Interest:

The Xela region offers visitors a rich balance between the beautiful culture and modern business. There are many interesting surrounding towns and sites that are worth visiting. The following sites are just some of the various areas that you can visit.

Quetzaltenango, the cradle of culture.

In this city you will find the beauty of traditional culture, distinguished by its many painters, sculptors, musicians, and poets. Its streets descend from the central plaza which is surrounded by neoclassic buildings. This valley is bordered by the Palajunoj highlands, which contains a chain of eight volcanoes.

almolongaAlmolonga

This is located in the basin of the Salama River. It is known as the vegetable garden of Central America.

 

 

 

 

 

Cabrican

Amongst the natural attractions you will find a lookout and the caves where the inhabitants extract stone from.

 

cajolaCajolá

This is a town that works in raising livestock and in the manufacturing of charcoal. The artisans here produce leather objects.

 

 

 

 

 

cantelCantel

This is a declared protected area in the regional parks area, and it is a natural monument. Here you can find the Cantel factory, which produces cotton threads and fabrics. You will also find Copavic (cooperative for artisan blown glass).

 

 

 

colomba

Colomba

This economy is based off of coffee production, and the manufacturing and selling of some artisan products.

 

 

 

 

 


Concepcion Chiquirichapa

The inhabitants here produce mainly potato crops and artisan products, especially in furniture.

 

el-palmarEl Palmar

This area’s economy is based on the production of coffee and some other industries. Some years ago, due to threats from the Santiaguito volcano,  a large part of the population was transferred to a new settlement of San Felipe Retalhuleu, which is now known as Antiguo and Nuevo Palmar

 

 


Flores Costa Cuca

The main economy is based on the production of sweet potatoes, chile, rice, and plaintains.

Genova

The inhabitants produce, amongst other products, sugar cane, rice, banana, and cotton.  It also raises livestock and produces artisan products.

Huitlan

In addition to the traditional products, the inhabitants produce barley, oats, and cold climate fruits such as apples, pears, and plums.

 

esperanzaLa Esperanza

The agricultural industry defines this town. Its inhabitants produce grains, vegetables, and flowers. They also specialize in jewelry making.

 

 

 

 

 

Olintepeque

The inhabitants are mainly involved in weavings, and you can find their workshops throughout the town. The statue of San Pascual Bailon attracts many people to this town.

 

 

07

 

 

GUATEMALA

 

Guatemala is the heart of the Mayan world. It is alive, magical, mystic, and ancestral. Its history proceeds from four thousand years ago when the Mayan civilization emerged and whose legacy is still evident in the traditions and culture of its habitants.

 

 

 

Guatemala possesses an extraordinary cultural and natural richness and a privileged geographic location. The distances one most travel from place to place are so short that one can visit different regions during the same trip. Between its past and present, it is a unique country, full of adventure and diverse activities for every visitor.

 

It is known as the country of the eternal spring, and its pleasant weather conditions allow one to visit it during any time of the year. It also offers various access possibilities from any part of the world by its two international airports: La Aurora, located in the capital city and Mundo Maya, located in the department of Petén.

 


01The colorful handcraft markets and regional costumes, the hospitality, and the beauty of the landscapes that frame the volcanoes, lakes, rivers, and mountains make Guatemala a place to be kept in the visitors` heart. Not to mention that the natural, cultural and historic heritage is evident in every corner of the country.

 

 

 

 

Guatemala holds most of the archeological sites of the Mayan culture which are surrounded by and impressive flora and fauna, and are considered true lungs of the humanity. The magic and mystery of the Mayan world subsist in millenary cities like Tikal, Yaxhá, Aguateca, Mirador, Quiriguá, and Q´uma´rkaj among others.

 

08

Additionally, Guatemala offers advantages for some specific segments in tourism; like its strategic location and the facilities in its land and maritime terminals which make it an important destination for cruise ships from the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. The Sport fishing resources of the Pacific Coast are well- known and have made it one of the best places in the world for sport fishing, specially the sailfish.

 

 

More than 720 species of birds also make Guatemala a wonderful and important destination for birdwatching. Besides, the country has all the necessary characteristics to propitiate business activities and to be an ideal place for national and international conventions.

 

The richness and diversity of Guatemala offer you numerous ways to enjoy your vacations or business trip, since you may find different tourism segments along its seven wonderful regions.

 

05Traditions
Guatemala embodies one of the main cultural destinations of the world. There, the popular traditions are manifested authentically. The Guatemalan ancestral culture is originated by the pre-Hispanic indigenous legacy. Cultural guidelines and traditions from the colonial period are added as well.

 

 

 

Finally, the contemporary period provides its own creating a particular fusion in this country of magical contrasts.

 

Guatemala is a country for visitors with all kinds of tourist expectations. They may enjoy traditions that have endured from generation to generation through the oral tradition. Some of such traditions are the dance, music, and indigenous valuable art. Holy Week is one of the most relevant, cultural, and religious manifestations for its deep religious syncretism. Moreover, the Palo Volador, the Horseback riding race in Todos Santos Cuchumatán, the kites of Santiago Sacatepéquez (huge kites that are elevated with messages for the ancestors) every November the 1st, and the Cofradías are only some other of the manifestations of the cultural richness of the country.

 

09Handcrafts

 

The handcrafts are a delicate expression of the Guatemalan culture. The visitor may find a wide variety of beautifully done handcrafts from every region of the country. Many products can be acquired by accessible prices: handmade, colorful textiles, carved wood, silver, jade jewelry, candles, pottery, blown glass, leather articles, and many more handcrafts that distinguish the cultural diversity of this small, but great country.

 

 

Visiting the colorful markets of the indigenous regions is mandatory, especially the ones in Chichicastenango, San Francisco el Alto, and the diverse towns around Lago the Atitlán, among others. The Central Market of Guatemala City, the Handcraft Market located close to the International Airport La Aurora, and the Handcraft Market of Antigua Guatemala offer a wide selection of products and handcrafts.

 

quet01
Geography

 

The Guatemalan territory has an extension of 108,889 kilometers. It is furrowed by numerous rivers and is covered by tropical jungles, woody plains, and numerous lakes. The low jungles in the North of Petén are rich in wilderness, fine wood, rubber trees and petroleum. Two mountain ranges cross the country.

One is the Niquihil of Sierra Madre in San Marcos, and the other in Huehuetenango. Both form the biggest elevation in Central America.

The volcanoes in the country are a characteristic feature. Three of them remain active. That offers spectacular landscapes. Cavers enjoy exploring the numerous caves that expand many kilometers underground and where huge stalactites, stalagmites, and other unusual rock formations cover the beautiful structures. It is worthy to mention that the access to such caves is by underground rivers.

 

03Weather
Guatemala can be visited during any time of the year. Its average temperature is of 22 C º. The country enjoys two seasons: The rainy from May to October, and the dry from November to April.

 

 

 

 

The average temperature in the highlands region is of 18.3 C º (64.9 F º), in the coasts is of 25.3 C º (77 F º), and in Guatemala City the temperature is regularly of 19 C º (66.2 F º)

 

02Language
The official language is Spanish. Other 21 languages of Mayan, Xinca, and Garifuna origin are spoken as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currency

 

The official currency is the Quetzal (Q)/ Q1.00= 100 cents. In Guatemala, a variety of credit cards are accepted, except for the credit card Maestro. Traveler’s checks are also accepted. In the International Airport La Aurora an exchange house can be found. You may visit www.globalexchange.com to verify the currencies that are accepted.

 


Telecommunication

Guatemala offers the most advanced services of domestic and international phone communication, Internet access, fax, telex, telegraph, and mail delivery.

 

Migratory Requisites
Central American citizens may enter to Guatemala by showing their Cédula de Vecindad, which is their only identification document, or their current passport. European and American visitors do not need a Visa. Visitors from other nationalities please visit www.migracion.gob.gt

 

Taxes
The tax to be paid if one is leaving by air is of $30.00 and an additional one of $3.00 for Airport Security.

 

QUETZALTENANGO

The region of Altiplano Indigena , where Quetzaltenango is located, is characterized by its natural resources, protected natural areas, and cultural heritage. These characteristics are what enrich the various tourism activities. 

 

WHERE IS QUETZALTENANGO:

Quetzaltenango is located in  the highlands of Guatemala, Central America.

quet01

quet01

Accessibility: There are two access routes—the Interamericana Highway CA-1, which runs from the capital city through the national route N-1; International Pacific Highway CA-2, which runs through the North of Mexico and towards the South of El Salvador.

Distance from the capital city: 344 km through the Interamericana CA-1; 

quet01

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Territory size: 1951 km

Climate and geography: both vary considerably because this region extends from the colder highlands to the warmer south coast.

Altitude: 2, 334 meters

Temperature:

  • In the highlands: 56 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the coast: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Population: 678,251 inhabitants, mainly of the Ladinos, K’itchees, and the Mames people.

 

teatro

 

Known as Xelaju, this region is located to the north of Huehuetenango, to the east of Totonicapan and Solola, south of Suchitepequez and Retalhuleu, and to the west of San Marcos. It consists of 24 cities, and it was declared as a State by the Decreto de la Asamblea Constituyente on September 16, 1845.

 

In this area there are many volcanoes, some of which are still active, along with a large quantity of thermal hot springs.  The economy consists of many focuses, including agriculture. Crops produced here include vegetables, coffee, corn, oats, and other products. 

The activities that are carried out in Quetzaltenango include raising livestock such as cattle, sheep, and horses. Agribusiness activities include wheat and flour milling, and the textile industry still exists through the fabric factories of wool, silk, and cotton.

xela05

 

The artisan work is characterized by glasswork, weavings, and furniture. The artisans are also involved in goldsmithing or woodwork.

In this area there are mathematicians, lawyers, doctors, artists, and it has been famous for having these types of workers through their employment in the agricultural, industrial, and commercial industries.

 

 

 

Tourist Sites of Interest:

 

xela01

NATURAL ATRACTIONS

VOLCANOES

Quetzaltenango is famous for its volcanoes most of them can be climbed with little difficulty (caminandoguatemala.com)

 

 

 

 

xela06

HOT WATER SPRINGSN

Quetzaltenango is well know for its thermal waters contained underground and that surface through fissures, either as water vapor or sulphur fumaroles, or bubbling water springs.

The best know ones are Fuentes Georginas, Aguas amargas and Baños de Almolonga, Fuentes Georginas is a tourism destination of grat attraction and easy access, and brings many visitors, local and foreing who want to enjoy contact with nature 

 

xela03

COLONIAL CULTURE

The region holds a series of churches from colonial times, some of them being quite unique for examples.

Chur of San Jacinto, de la ermita or la Conquistadora: It has an altar in putter, which is unique in all of Central America, it was founded in 1524

 

xela04

MAYA CULTURE

Guatemala's Wester Highlands was the center of the Mayz K'iche Empire defeated by Conquistador Pedro de Alvarado 1524, this region still holds a huge and rich living Maya culture today with  traditions , ceremonies dances, etc.

 

 

 

xela02

 

QUETZALTENANGO ARCHITECTURE

The Guatemalan higlands used to be the economic engine of the country during the 19tn and the beginning of the 20 th Century, due to the agricultural richness and coffe oroduction in the region. As a result of that economic boom the city of Quetzaltenango experimenced a great growth in building influenced by the architectural currents of the time, predominantly European.

In a radius of 4 block around the central park there are numerous hotels 4- stars.

 

The Xela region offers visitors a rich balance between the beautiful culture and modern business. There are many interesting surrounding towns and sites that are worth visiting. The following sites are just some of the various areas that you can visit.