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February 2009 Issue: Haggle Free

In this largely informal cash economy, prices are often negotiable. If vendors notice that you are of a fair skin tone, they might start the bidding a bit high. Granted, nobody likes paying more than the next guy. But lately, before employing my aggressive haggling tactics in broken Spanish, I’ve stepped back to put things [...]

A Valentine’s Treat: Casa del Prado Restaurant

By Dr. Love

Alright dudes in love, we know you’re saving your precious few Qs for a guitar or Costa Rica trek. But take heed that skimping on Valentine’s Day is a recipe for weeks of snuggle-free nights. On any other day pupusas on the square will do, lad, but NOT on February 14th! Luckily [...]

Join the Xela CouchSurfing Community

By Cynthia Ord

For those who haven’t already joined couchsurfing.com, now is the time. Couchsurfing is a social network that connects travelers who want to see the world with hosts who want to show off their corner of it. Through Couchsurfing, traveling members can search for host members in their destinations and request to stay [...]

¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month’s topic: lexicon of love by James Gray.

If there’s one time to get your fledgling Spanish right, it’s when you’re making a romantic move. This lexicon of love terms will give you debonair words to make your move with style, [...]

Spotlight On: A Series on Culture & the Arts

“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic is: Alberto Velarde (a.k.a. Elvis Latino)

What: One of Xela’s legendary singer-songwriter performers. XelaWho went backstage with Alberto to find out more about this local musician and small piece of Xela history.

XelaWho: How do [...]

Paca (i.e. Used Clothing Store) FAQ

For dumpster-divers, thrift-shoppers, and trash-to-treasure-hunters, Guatemalan “pacas” are an endless terrain for exploration. Here’s what you need to know to find your hidden gems…

Q. What is a paca? A. A “paca” is literally a big pack of secondhand clothing that is shipped down to places like Guatemala by the pound.

Q. Where does the [...]

Eco Review: Finca Nueva Alianza

By Cynthia Ord

At XelaWho, we do our part environmentally by passing the buck to those who are doing their part. With so many lodges, restaurants, and other tourist services claiming to be “eco” this and “green” that, our team of investigative journalists asks industry operators all the tough questions.

For anyone interested in labor [...]