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Guatemala borders Mexico to the south. Xela (Quetzaltenango) is located in the midwest portion of Guatemala. There are two easy ways to get to Xela:
Many major airlines offer flights into Guatemala City. At the airport “La Aurora” simply take a taxi or bus to one of the many 1st class bus line terminal offices. They are all located just a few minutes from the airport. Here are the names of a few. Autopullmans Galgos, Fuente del Norte, Linea Dorada or Transportes Álamo
First class to buses to Xela run from 6am and continue every hour until 7:30pm. The cost of a ticket is Q65 and up one way. (US$1=Q7.3) The ride takes between 4 and 5 hours depending on the driver and is pleasurable and scenic.
If you’re on a budget, you might consider taking one of Guatemala’s famous “chicken buses” for Q40 one way to Xela. These busses are world famous for the number of people they can cram inside. It is absolutely incredible!!
Most international flights will have you arriving in Mexico City. From Mexico City you take a domestic flight (about 2 hours) to Tapachula. It is best to take the morning flight to Tapachula otherwise you will need to spend the evening there. The airport in Tapachula is located about 20 minutes outside the city. Next, take a taxi from the Tapachula airport to the sleepy Mexican border township of Hidalgo. It is a short walk from Hidalgo to the Guatemalan township Tecún. You need to be in a bit of a hurry as the last bus to Xela leaves at 4pm. The bus terminal in Tecún is about 5 minute walk from the border.
Another option if you are coming from México, convenient but more expensive could be to arrange private transport first class from a travel agency. Departure city San Cristóbal, the cost is approximately $40US.
Direct busses to Xela are plentiful beginning in the early morning and finishing in the early afternoon around 4pm. Look for the word “Xela” painted on the windshield. Unfortunately, there are no first class buses on this route. So be prepared for a flavorful ride. The trip takes between 3 and 4 hours and is scenic.
Upon arriving in Xela simply take one of the many public transportation microbuses (mini vans) to Parque Central. You may see the routes (for example…Parque Central) painted on the windshields of these vans otherwise they are calling out the route as they pick up passengers. The cost is only Q1.25 one way.
Miguel de Cervantes School of Spanish is about a two minute walk from the park. Just head up 12 Avenida two very short blocks south and you will see our school on the left hand side of the street.