Cathedral of Xela
Transportation


To Guatemala then Xela /
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Most travelers fly to Guatemala City. The first thing you should do is change about $50-$100 into Quetzales at one of the two banks located inside the airport. If you arrive at the airport before 4 in the afternoon and still have some energy, we recommend you take a taxi (immediately available as you walk out of the airport) to the Pullman bus terminal (about 50Q for the ride). Once at the terminal, purchase a ticket for the next bus headed for Xela (about Q50).

If you arrive at the airport at 4:30 or later, you MAY be able to race to catch the last bus for Xela - But chances are your taxi will be slowed by traffic and you will need to stay at a hotel for the night, and take the bus to Xela in the morning.

If you find you will need to stay in Guatemala City, ask your Taxi driver for hotel options in Guatemala City, or pick up any of a number of free guides distributed at restaurants and bus terminals.
If you take the bus in (as mentioned above) - you will be dumped off at the bus station. From there you can ask for a taxi to Casa Argentina (a good hostel for a starter - usually has rooms open, but can be rather crowded and partyish), or to wherever else you may be headed. Should you find yourself in Xela at a late hour, ask a taxi to take you to a hotel where you can continue to the school in the morning. For information on Hotels in Xela, consult your Guide Book or ask the Taxi driver where he thinks there are rooms available and in your price range.


ALAMO Pullman (recommended)
4 Calle 5-15, Zona 3, Xela.
Xela: 7763.5044 / Guate: 2471.8626
from Xela >>> Guatemala (aprox 4 hours ride)
from Guatemala >>> Xela (aprox 4 hours ride)

Daily AM
4:30am
6:30am
8:00am
10:15am

Daily PM

12:45pm
2:30pm
4:45pm
Daily AM

6:15am
8:00am
10:30am
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12:30pm
4:00pm
5:30pm

LINEA DORADA
Pullman
12 Avenida 5-13, Zona 3, Xela.
7767-5198 / Cel. 5824-7630 / Guate: 2220-7900 or 2232-9658
from Xela >>> Guatemala (aprox 4 hours ride)
from Guatemala >>> Xela (aprox 4 hours ride)

Daily AM

4:00am

Daily PM

2.30pm
Daily AM

8:00am
Daily PM

3:00pm

GALGOS
Pullman
Calle Rodolfo Robles 17-43, Zona 1, Xela
Xela: 7761-2248 / Guate: 2253-4868
from Xela >>> Guatemala (aprox 4 hours ride)
from Guatemala >>> Xela (aprox 4 hours ride)

Daily AM

3:00am
4:00am
8:30am

Daily PM

12:30pm
3:00pm
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8:30am
11:00am

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2:30pm
5:00pm

LINEAS AMERICA Pullman
7 Av 3-33, Zona 2
Xela: 7761-4587 / Guate: 2232-1432
from Xela >>> Guatemala (aprox 4 hours ride)
from Guatemala >>> Xela (aprox 4 hours ride)

Daily AM

5:15am
9:30am
11:00am

Daily PM

1:00pm
2:00pm
3:30pm
Daily AM

5:00am
9:15am
11:30am
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3:15pm
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Costs of living and how to find housing in Xela
We like to say it would cost you about $125-250 to live in Xela for one month. This cost includes something for travelling, food, touring, a room at an inexpensive hotel, gas for stove, electricity, and other costs. It helps if you know Spanish, and it helps if you know where to find the things you need. Your first two months will be higher cost than the rest as you get used to how business is done, and establish contacts and build know-how.

For living here on your own we suggest you by-pass all the hub-bub about living with a family. They live very strict schedules and cannot make many exceptions or changes for your schedule if you would wish to travel, stay out late, work during the day, work during some days and not others, or otherwise lead an unpredictable lifestyle. It is best to buy a guidebook like the one made by "Lonely Planet" or other company, and book reservations at one of the local cheap hotels here. (We suggest Casa Argentina as a start) Book your rooms one week at a time so that you may move quickly if you find it not to your liking. You can use your time in the hotels to find open rooms elsewhere in the city, sometimes for as low as $60 per month. This requires walking around and reading signs posted in front of businesses, and being able to inquire in Spanish all the details. Pack light on clothes as there are a thousand opportunities to by thrift store clothing from the States, or other locally made clothing.

Changing Money in Quetzaltenango / Top

Local banks are generally able to cash dollars or travelers checks Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 am to 1:00 p.m.; Bring your passport, Xeroxes are not accepted. Given the problem of changing large bills in local markets and tiendas, we suggest you request bills no larger than Q20 or Q50 when changing money. Also, you can change money in the office at the school for slightly lower rate and the difference goes toward the school's social projects.

There are several ATMs on the perimeter of the Central Park in Xela. Nearly all of these accept MasterCard and Visa Debit cards (Check cards). If you only have a Mastercard or Visa CREDIT card, you can go to the Credomatic office in the mall in Zone 3 named Mont Blanc, or try your luck with the Central Park ATMs. Other credit companies are spotty here, but banks are capable to exchange, best to start with the banks in the Central Park.
Many banks are now connected to Western Union and money can be sent from any other Western Union office in the world. You need the order number and the location it was sent from in order to pick the money up here.


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