Minerva Spanish School Quetzaltenango "Xela" Guatemala
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Quetzaltenango is served by a system of city buses and microbuses (small vans). A taxi from Minerva Spanish School to the city center (Parque Central) costs around U.S. $3. Microbuses, which pass by Minerva school every few minutes, costs about fifteen cents.

The public bus station is a short walking distance from the school, as are the major commercial centers and traditional open-air markets. Public buses, also known as "Chicken Buses", depart Minerva Bus station, and travel to local area destinations.

Getting To Quetzaltenango

From Guatemala City Airport - Take a taxi to either

  • Transportes Alamo, located at 12 Av, 0-65,
    zona 7  Tel: 2471-8626
  • Autopullmans Galgos, located at the 7ª Av. 19-50,
    zona 1, Tel: 2220-0238
  • Linea Dorada, located at 16 Calle 10-03, Zona 1
    Tel: 2415-8900

All are first class buses and the price is around U.S. $7 to $10.
It's 200 km from Guatemala City to Xela and the trip takes about 4-5 hours traveling time. If you know what time you will be arriving in Xela, please give us a call and we will meet you at their bus station.

BUS SCHEDULE - Guatemala to Xela

Alamo: 6:30, 8:00am, 10:30am, 12:35pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm (recomended)

Galgos: 8:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm

Linea Dorada : 8:00am, 3:00pm


Meet You at the Airport

Many of the students who study at Minerva Spanish School have little or no previous experience here in Guatemala. Arriving in a foreign country with a limited ability to communicate can be stressful to put it mildly. 

Minerva recommends the following hotels and packages:

Posada Belen Hotel/Museum - 13 Calle "A" 10-30, Zona 1

(The cost TOTAL for the taxi (airport/hotel, hotel/bus) and the rooms are from $36). At the Posada Hotel-Museum, you will also receive special tourist information too. Tell the Hotel you are "Minerva Student" when registering. More about this service.

Dos Lunas Guest House - Airport Pickup, shared room, general bath, breakfast, transportation to bus and bus ticket to Xela. ($27.00 - Space is limited at this price.) 
More about this service.

Hotel Spring, located at 8 Av. 12-65, Zona 1
Tel: 502 2230-2858

Hotel Chalet Suizo - 14 Calle 6-82, Zona 1
Tel: 502 2251-3786

For more information about traveling in Guatemala, visit the Guatemala National Tourism Office official web page.

"Chicken Bus!"

The prevelant means of transport is by bus. These vehicles are known as
"Chicken Buses". They get their name from the live cargo that sometimes accompany passengers.

Interior de Bus

The majority of these buses are resurected school buses from the U.S. & Canada.

Xela Microbus  
Xela Microbus


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Minerva Spanish School
Quetzaltenango "Xela"
Guatemala C.A.


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