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 Spanish lessons and learn about incredible local initiatives such as EDELAC or “School of the Street”, an elementary school that works in the underserved neighbourhood of Las Rosas.
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!