Quetzaltenango is a colonial town founded by the Spanish conquistadors, surrounded by mystical mountains, the volcano Santa Maria and the active volcano Santiaguito. Quetzaltenango, the place where the Spaniards built their city, is known to most people as Xelajú or simply Xelá (Shay Lay); even the inhabitants of Quiché Maya still use this original Quiché name.
It is considered the commercial center of Southwest Guatemala. It is the center for the inhabitants of Quiché Maya and the second largest city in the country. In the village, visitors will be able to enjoy excellent services and lodging, while those who wish to explore the mountains will find numerous eco-tourism organizations offering incredible excursions and campsites in their beautiful mountains, led by experienced guides with the necessary professional equipment.
Near Quetzaltenango are also the hot water spring called “Fuentes Georginas”. The road that leads to these springs passes through lush agricultural plantations, quiet countryside scenery that in some places allows you to observe an impressive view of the valley. At the end of the road you will find hot springs and a restaurant. Also in the area are two blown glass factories where local people continue this skillful tradition, creating beautiful products that are on sale in gift shops across the country.