Where you might Stay and Study in Quetzaltenango

(And don't miss "Other Cool Stuff" below!)

Casa Argentina
Diagonal 12, 8-37, Zona 1 (Barrio Las Flores), Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Tel: (502)761-2470

"Where the Street School recommends staying in Quetzaltenango."

Photo: Casa Argentina

Photo by Thomas Schulz

Casa Argentina is a favorite of budget travellers in Xela. The rooms are clean and inexpensive; some include television. It's a favorite of the Street School because in addition to being a nice place to stay, the hotel provides free office space for Quetzaltrekkers and a number of other charitable organizations. As one guest describes it:

"Casa Argentina is a guest house I found in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala operated by the Dona Argentina Villaseca. The Casa has excellent facilities and a friendly family atmosphere that made my stay a real pleasure. It is equally suited for a stay of a few days or for several months. The Casa offers the following amenities: use of the three kitchens, bathrooms with hot water, purified drinking water, individual rooms which are clean and comfortable, cable television in some rooms and secure parking for vehicles. It is centrally located next to the Central Park and Mercado Las Flores. It costs about 20 Quetzals (roughly $3.50 per person) which is an excellent value compared to other places I looked at in Quetzaltenango."


Some suggestions about where to study Spanish in Quetzaltenango:
(Some past Street School volunteers have really enjoyed studying at these schools.)

Instituto Central América (ICA)

Photo ICA Weaver

Instituto Central América (ICA) has been offering Spanish language classes to students of all levels since 1976 and is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and INGUAT (the Guatemalan Tourist Institute). ICA offers a one-on-one Spanish language school experience where the teachers are attentive to the needs and interests of the individual student. In addition, we are dedicated to teaching our students about the complex political, social and economic situation in Guatemala, using a unique blend of resources, activities, and contacts.

Casa Xelaju Logo

  • Casa Xelajú (pronounced shay-la-HOO) also known as CX, has been in operation since 1987.
  • CX is committed to teaching language in the context of cultural understanding and social responsibility.
  • CX is one of the first Spanish language schools in Quetzaltenango, and the first alternative language school in Guatemala.


Other Cool Stuff

Other organizations helping people in Central America: (These folks are doing great work!)

"Coffee Kids is working to ensure that no one's options be so limited that his or her best choice is to scratch out a life of poverty through coffee farming."
Bill Fishbein, Coffee Kids President

Other resources for travellers to Guatemala and Quetzaltenango:

Xela Pages
Travel & Resource Guide

Recommendations about Quetzaltenango
(from other folks).

U.S. State Department
Consular Information Sheet on Guatemala


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