Half Day Tours

General Information

  • All of our tours are available everyday with the minimum number of people.
  • For smaller groups, we also offer private tours.
  • If you have special requests or itineraries in mind, please ask! Our guides are not limited to the times or places listed here.
  • 100% local guides.
  • All of our guides have first aid training.
  • Bilingual guides available.

Indigenous Villages Around Xela Reserve

The wonderful thing about visiting Xela is that there are so many interesting villages and local markets to visit on half-day tours from the city. Less than three miles away you can visit Almolonga, three miles further you reach Zunil and another five miles further, the beautiful hot springs of Fuentes Georginas, and just 10 minutes Xela, in Almolonga we have the largest vegetable market in Central America.

A half day tour with a local guide visiting a Glass Blowing Factory COPAVIC in Cantel, a unique experience in Zunil visiting the Church, MAXIMON (San Simon) and the Cooperative of Textiles Santa Ana, if it’s a Monday you can also visit the Market, relax at the Hot Springs FUENTES GEORGINAS and visit the Vegetable town of Almolonga wich is also nice on Wednesday for market day.

Tours from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
or 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE
Reservation of bungalows in Fuentes Georginas also available

Colonial Churches Around Xela Reserve

Visit the small town of San Andres Xecul, along a swinging road north of Quetzaltenango, is a very colourless village,built in a hill. It has a few things though, as an example two insanely yellow churches as well as the saint San Simon, a short visit to San Cristobal Totonicapan and a Visit to Salcaja, which is northeast of Xela.

It is the home of several interesting aspects of Central American and Guatemalan culture; Unique fabrics, Regional 'Red' liquor and also in Salcaja resides the oldest church in central America.

Tours from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
or 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE

Las Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs Reserve

Visit these hot springs that eminate from the Zunil Volcano and which flow into the place known today as FUENTES GEORGINAS

These thermal sources were discovered by two laborers from Zunil in the year 1902 and they changed it into communal bath, where people who lived around there or near the thermal baths took a bath when they considered it necessary.

Take a relaxing bath, a little walk on its trails or just enjoy of nature at the Hot Springs Fuentes Georginas The prettiest in Guatemala, 8 Kms from Zunil where you also do a short visit.

Tours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
or 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE
RESERVATION OF BUNGALOWS ALSO AVAILABLE

San Francisco El Alto Indigenous Market Reserve

The San Francisco el Alto market is located at 2610 meters above sea level and seventeen kms from Quetzaltenango just off the Interamericana Highway in the direction of Momostenango. The church, dedicated to San Francisco De Asis, was constructed in several stages from the late sixteenth century to 1670-1680.

Visit the San Francisco Market in half a day, the market is the largest in Guatemala. Of special interest in the animal market located in the highest part of the pueblo. Market day is Thursday and Friday.

We also visit the colorful San Andres Xecul, And Salcaja, which is on the way back to Xela.

Tours from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm; FRIDAYS ONLY
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE

Takalik Abaj Archaeological Site Reserve

From Quetzaltenango, journey to another pre-Classic site, Takalik Abaj. Takalik Abaj has some interesting features you won't find at other ruins on any other route, including a T-shaped ball court and barrigón, or "fat-bellied," sculptures.

A 2-hour walking tour with a local guide in the ruins of the Olmec/Mayan archaeological site set on coffee plantations, one of the most important trading centers in the late Preclassic era.

Tours from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
or 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE

Coffee Farm Reserve

If you’re a nature-lover and you want to learn about the agriculture of Guatemala, then this is the trip for you. Come visit the stunningly beautiful coffee fincas and plantations that are to be found only two hours away from Quetzaltenango. On the same excursion we’ll be able to visit rubber and sugar cane farms to see how the work is done there. The tour of the finca lasts approximately two and a half hours. After the tour we’ll be sure to sample a delicious cup of 100% natural coffee!

Tours from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
or 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE

Momostenango Market Reserve

Visit one of the most traditional villages in Guatemala. Momostenango still uses the Mayan calendar, and it is also known worldwide for its wool products: jackets, bedcovers, blankets comforters, carpets, etc. The main market day is Sunday. We will also visit the famous cliffs outside of town and see Mayan alters. Finally, we will also go to the attractions of San Andrés Xecul (Maximon, the painted church, and Mayan alters) and Salcajá (local textiles and the church of San Jacinto). This is a trip for those who want to see today’s Mayan culture in Guatemala.

Tours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
or 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
MINIMUM 3 PEOPLE

City Tour of Xela Reserve

Quetzaltenango is considered the second most important city in Guatemala, and it is also one of the oldest.

This tour starts from our offices, right in the middle of one of the prime attractions, the historical center, including the market. We will visit the central park, El Parque a Centro América, which is surrounded by various historical buildings. We will discuss the history of each building as we pass. We will also visit the national theater, the Democracia market, the old military base of Quetzaltenango and the general cemetery. We invite you to travel back in time with us and discover the magic that holds our mythical city.

Tours from 7:00 am to 12:30 pm
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE

Special Tour of Tuesday Markets Reserve

Several of the towns around Xela have their weekly markets on Tuesday mornings, making this a great day to take a tour. We first visit Olintepeque's traditional market, famous for its locally-made handicrafts. Second, we will go to Salcaja's renowned textile market, along the way sampling Caldo de Frutas (a local alcoholic beverage made from various fermented fruit). On the way out of town we will also visit Salcaja's church, the oldest in Central America.

Tours from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
TUESDAY ONLY
MINIMUM 2 PEOPLE