Language & Culture in the Highlands – Xela
We’ll then travel by chicken bus through the Western Highlands to the city of Quetzaltenango, popularly known as Xela (pronounced Shay-la). Here in Guatemala’s ladino and indigenous metropolis, we’ll immerse ourselves with five days of intensive language and cultural learning. We’ll team up with Escuela La Paz for one-on-one Spanish lessons (tailored to your experience level) and work with local activists on a host of socio-economic issues. We’ll start by catching up with revolutionary-turned-reformer Willy and learn how Café La RED KAT and DESGUA are trying to create a “Guatemalan Dream” for local indigenous youth.
But no visit to the Xela Valley is complete without a climb of one of its iconic peaks! On our last day, we’ll set out at midnight and take on an epic hike of Volcán Santa Maria. It’ll be an unforgettable journey as we push ourselves physically to be rewarded with an incomparable sunrise above the clouds.