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March 2009 Issue: Costales, the Ultimate Souvenir

One task of traveling is to bring home some souvenirs as evidence of the journey. Good souvenirs are unique to the place they come from, like traditional weavings or an adopted baby from Guatemala. Even better souvenirs are edible and delicious, such as Guatemalan chocolate and coffee, or some Tortrix Twist. The ultimate souvenirs are […]

Vagina Monologues Comes to Xela

By Marissa Hall

[Note that this article was originally published for a performance in March, 2009.]

Sure, you’ve heard about multiple female orgasms. But have you ever seen someone have eighteen in a row—in Spanish? If I’ve piqued your interest, you won’t want to miss the climax of The Vagina Monologues, or any of the […]

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: Los Vigilantes del Funk.

XW: Can you guys explain yourselves?

LVdF: Sure, we’re a brigade of funk peddling gringos down here in Xela to raise awareness in Central America for funk, blood nuts, and […]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: Hike to Valle Paraiso Swimming Pools in Almolonga.

By Cynthia Ord and Elise Burnet

Eco Review: Ecohotel Las Cumbres

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.

Ecohotel Las Cumbres is an […]

Daytripper San Pedro: Up the Nose Without a Guide

The Mayan Nose, a peak that resembles the profile of a person reclining, looms over Lake Atitlan. When you’re in San Pedro the Nose is a more attractive peak than the volcano because, whereas the volcano always lurks behind you, this nasal peak stares you in the face, challenging you to go up the Nose.