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La Torre: Hike for Free Without a Tour

La Torre is a straightforward hike to Central America’s highest non-volcanic peak at 3,837 meters above sea level. Save your money and hike La Torre for free without a guide. We’ll show you how.

Todos Santos Traditional Clothing

Todos Santos Cuchumatan is a unique village tucked away in the Guatemala Highlands. It is known for hiking and the traditional clothing BOTH the men and women wear. Find out how to identify a Todosantero when you see one.

San Francisco El Alto Weekly Friday Animal Market

San Francisco El Alto is the most authentic, large market in Guatemala. The highlight is the animal market held weekly on Friday. Join DIY Travel HQ as we take a day trip from Quetzaltenango (Xela).

Xela (Quetzaltenango): 5 Day Itinerary

Are you planning on visiting Xela (Quetzaltenango), and don’t know what to do? We have you covered with our 5 day itinerary that takes in all the best day trips!

Top 10 Excessive Products at a Market

People always say the USA is excessive. Our meals are excessive. Our cars are excessive. Our houses are excessive. I say Guatemala is the land of excess. Just look at the quantity of products each vendor has at this market!

Volcan Santa Maria: Hiking Without a Tour

Volcan Santa Maria, with its perfect cone, can be seen from anywhere near Quetzaltenango (Xela). Find out how to hike to the top without a tour for only Q4 (USD$0.53).

Quetzaltenango (Xela) City Tour and Reasons to Stay

Quetzaltenango is your authentic Guatemalan city that you actually want to visit. Find out what’s on offer inside, and why you may stick around longer than expected.

Zunil: Finding San Simon and Fuentes Georginas

Zunil may not have a large Monday market anymore, but you can still find San Simon (Maximon) and soak in Fuentes Georginas. This sounds like a great day trip from Quetzaltengano (Xela) to me! Are you coming?

Laguna Chicabal Hiking Without a Tour

Laguna Chicabal is an easy volcano to climb in preparation for Volcan Santa Maria. Located inside its crater is a tranquil lake. Find out if this deserves to be #1 on TripAdvisor for Xela.

Momostenango: Sunday Market and Los Riscos

Momostenango has a one-two-punch in the Sunday Market and Los Riscos if you can time it correctly as a day trip from Quetzaltenango (Xela). See what makes this village market different than the rest.

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