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Not for the Faint Hearted

As you may have cottoned onto after being privy to the experience of being on a chicken bus that has been stuffed to at least three times its maximum capacity, or witnessing an ayudante whack out his huge wodge of cash, chicken buses can bring in rather large sums of money, especially by Guatemalan standards. […]


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Let’s Go Bowling

Being a culture and nightlife magazine, we’ll be the first to tell you that Xela’s a great hotspot for culture in Guatemala. However, for those evenings when you feel like going out and doing something but aren’t in the mood for being cultured and […]

Inventing the World Through Cultural Spaces

By Julio Urizar

Any community needs social and cultural spaces that offer their inhabitants opportunities for exchanges and dialogue. Rather than offering a schedule of various activities, a cultural space should position itself as a platform for action that promotes artistic expression and reflection that is spawned from alternative forms of knowledge to […]

Celebrate Your Birthday Like A Chapin

By Diana Pastor

If you are living in Guatemala or are just passing through and by chance you happen to have your birthday whilst you’re here make sure you celebrate it the Guatemalan way. You should know that there are three key ingredients for having a birthday that is worthy of being called […]

Recipe of the Month – Rice & Beans

The Caribbean dish ‘rice and beans’ may not be the first food that comes to mind when sat shivering in the cold highlands of Guatemala, yet it is a popular dish eaten along the east coast influenced by the Garifuna culture. The magic ingredient for Garifuna cooking: coconut, and lots of it! Let Caribbean culture […]

Growing An Orchard

by Juan Jardinero

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.”

? Molière.

Xela used to be an apple producer, and the surrounding areas were known for their peaches and apricots. However over the last 20 years, big apple farms and orchards have closed down and have been developed into gated […]


With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are […]