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.
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.
zona 1, Tel: 2220-0238
- Linea Dorada, located at 16 Calle 10-03, Zona 1
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.
- Guatemala to Xela
Alamo: 6:30, 8:00am, 10:30am, 12:35pm,
3:00pm, 5:30pm (recomended)
8:30am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm
Linea Dorada :
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,
(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.
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
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.