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Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: The Stone Slides in the Park Atop El Baul

So you’ re stuck with afternoon classes this week. Again. You’ ve done the whole eating breakfast in Central Park thing and you’ re tired of feigning interest in flash cards. You’ ve already been to the fuentes and are looking for something off the beaten path. El Baul, one of the ten mountains that surround Xela, could be just what you need.

To get to El Baul, head due East from Parque Central on 6th calle until it ends. From there, take a left at the T and a right at the first intersection. Walk straight up the hill until you see a trail on your right. We’ d explain more, but we don’ t want to insult your intelligence. It’ s a really big hill. You can’ t miss it. The trail is fairly straightforward and should take between thirty and sixty minutes to climb from the base. Once at the top, check out the view of Xela from the mirador. Continuing along, you’ ll walk through a small park (monkey bars!) and eventually come across the monument to former Guatemalan president Justo Barrios. You may recognize him as the very same fellow on the 5 Quetzal bill. Sweet beard.

If you proceed down the hill (away from Xela), you’ ll find the pièce de résistance of the trip: the stone slides. Borrow a flattened-out three liter bottle or cardboard box from a local kid and slide away. Just be careful; it’ s a long way down.

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