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Lleve su fruta

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Lleve sus frutas -José Moreno Photography-

Market place and bus terminal all in one! Visited by locals and foreigners, it’s the perfect place to find all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetables amongst other things. And if you feel like a trip after shopping you can take a chicken bus from here to any spot in Guatemala!

Text translate: Nadia Peláez

Market Days in Xela

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Market Day in Xela by José Moreno

If you are looking for the freshest fruit you definitely have to visit xela markets every day find fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.. Also find in supermarkets but with a somewhat more expensive price. What do you prefer, public market or supermarket?

Si estas buscando la fruta mas fresca definitivamente tienes que visitar los mercados de xela, todos los días encuentras frutas, verduras, carnes, etc. También encuentras en los supermercados pero con un precio un tanto más caro. ¿que prefieren ustedes, mercado publico o supermercado?

Fresh fruits / low prices

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Fresh fruits by José Moreno


There are many places where they sell fresh fruit (super markets, bus station, etc.) but you can buy here in the downtown market, can be priced and you can say that will convince other, and can even talk to people.

Hay muchos lugares en donde venden fruta fresca (super mercados, la terminal de buses y otros) pero puedes comprar aqui en el mercado del centro, puede tener un precio y tu puedes decir otro que te convenza, y puedes hasta platicar con las personas.

Fresh fruits

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“The Terminal Xela” here you find everything very cheap and in bulk, meat, fruits, vegetables, clothes, and everything you’re thinking.

So welcome to the biggest market in Xela!

“La Terminal de Xela” aquí encuentras todo muy barato y en grandes cantidades, carne, frutas, verdura, ropa, y todo lo que estes pensando.

Asi que bienvenido al mercado mas grande de xela!

Travel Tip #47

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Travel Tip by Luna McCarthy

Always take the most colorful bus. No, that’s not right. Actually you should take the bus that is going where you are going. Then again, the most colorful buses are usually going anywhere you want!

Hue Hue Hueee Hueee, Reuuuuu…

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Ayudante Extraordinaire by Luna McCarthy

I have to say, these guys blow my mind! Not so much with the loading of all the luggage, boxes, small livestock and who-knows-what else up onto the top of the buses, but with their nimble maneuvering AS the bus is moving. I have seen ayudantes crawl out the front door, up onto the top of the bus and suddenly reappear at the back of the bus, all while the bus is moving at breakneck speed. Also worth a mention is the fact that many of these buses are winding through the mountains, leaning and heaving left or right, often one turn right after another. My question is, “For those of us who can, why aren’t we tipping these guys?”

Turning Point

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Terminal by Luna McCarthy

So many people come and go from Terminal Minerva, but what do they really see when they arrive in Xela or when they are leaving town? This shot was taken from Minerva Temple and shows a unique perspective of the Market and the microbus “station”.

Want to Play Chicken?

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Chicken Buses by Luna McCarthy

No, you aren’t imagining anything, the title is a bit of a pun! Anyone who has been to and traveled within Guatemala is familiar with “chicken buses” and the sometimes hairy rides that can be had going from town to town. The most common type of travel between pueblos or to and from La Capital, chicken buses always provide the ride of your life, whether due to the amount of people and/or small livestock that rides alongside of you or because of the “efficiency” of the buses. These old school buses are bought in the United States and brought here to be given a makeover and new life here in Guatemala. It’s not uncommon for there to be three people sitting across each child-sized seat, as these buses get quite filled up, depending on your destination. If you’re fortunate, it’s only people sitting in your row and not chickens!

Almolonga-Zunil Bus Stop

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Almolonga-Zunil Bus Stop

This is one of the stops where you take a bus to Almolonga and Zunil. It is located in front of the gas station in La Rotonda. Almolonga is where the hot springs are and Zunil is where you can visit San Simon/Maximón.

La Rotonda Bus Station

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

La Rotonda Bus Station

La Rotonda is not really a frequently visited neighborhood by tourists in Xela. However, it is actually quite important as it has a small bus station where you can take the buses to San Andres Xecul Totonicapan, which has this beautiful church, to San Francisco de Los Altos, the town with the big animal market, Salcaja, that has the oldest church in Central America, San Cristobal Totonicapan, that has the second oldest church in Central America (and honestly I think this one is prettier than the oldest one) and most importantly to Cuatro Caminos, where you can do bus transfers to reach your ultimate destination.

p.s: To go to San Cristobal Totonicapan, you need to do a transfer at Cuatro Caminos.