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Xela From Above: Photos from a Day of Wandering Around

Quetzaltenango, GuatemalaIt’s easy to get a view of Xela from above.  The terrace of the house I’m currently in gives me a great view of the city each day.  I’ll spend afternoons up here studying Spanish and drinking coffee.  From Quetzaltenango 2010-10View from the roof-top of where I’m currently staying The city also sits in [...]

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

It’s easy to get a view of Xela from above.  The terrace of the house I’m currently in gives me a great view of the city each day.  I’ll spend afternoons up here studying Spanish and drinking coffee. 

From Quetzaltenango 2010-10
View from the roof-top of where I’m currently staying

The city also sits in a valley so a climb up any of the hills would give you a panoramic view of the city. It was a beautiful day today so I decided to walk around the city.  Bored of just walking around I decided to climb one of the surrounding hills.  If there are houses on the hills there would have to be roads, or at least a path, to get up to the houses and get a different view of the city.  Walking along a major road I found a small concrete path that led steeply up a hill and looked like it was the main walkway to the houses on the side of a hill.  After a 20 minute climb I had a great view of the entire city.

From Quetzaltenango 2010-10
View of Xela from the side of a surrounding hill

At the top of this hill there was also a small community of houses.  The people living at the top of this hill must be in good shape because the road is too steep and narrow for a bus, truck, or car to drive up.

From Quetzaltenango 2010-10
A random, steep, narrow path I decided to check out

Shortly after the small community of houses I found myself walking on the top of a hill that was in the countryside of the city.  Cows and horses were grazing by the side of the road and there were no people around.

From Quetzaltenango 2010-10
From Quetzaltenango 2010-10

After walking for another 30 minutes I had a spectacular view of the countryside.

From Quetzaltenango 2010-10
From Quetzaltenango 2010-10

To see these photos and some others from the day check out the photo album below:

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Sam Langley left a comfortable and profitable job with an insurance company in the USA to travel the world. He has been going for years, and has not stopped yet. Keep up with his travels on his blog at Cubicle Ditcher. has written 147 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.