About an hour from Xela, Santa Anita Coffee Finca was started by a group of ex guerillas. It is a fair trade coffee plantation that also houses a hostel/guest house where volunteers stay. The community is wonderful the people are very friendly. I suggest if you have some time you take a trip to this very interesting place.
From the Fincas website here is how you get there: “Directions:
From Xela: Go to the bus terminal Minerva in Xela and find the Transportes XelaJu, a red, white, and blue bus. Take the bus to Colomba, about 1½ hours and costing 10 Quetzales. You will be let off in the center of Colomba and you need to walk to the other side of the market until you see a building with “Municipalidad” written in large letters. In front of the Municipalidad there are pick-up trucks and buses. Ask which one is going to Santa Anita la Unión and they will drop off at our entrance. It is about a 20 minute ride from Columba, costing 5 Quetzales. ”
For more info on Santa Anita visit this website. Santa Anita.