Friday, October 18, 2019

Getting Around

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 21 calle 0-14,
    zona 1 Tel: 22206618
  • Autopullmans Galgos, located at the 7ª Av. 19-50,
    zona 1, Tel: 22206018

Both are first class buses and the price is around U.S. $5.
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, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:00pm


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.