Located 120 miles from the capital, "Xela" (pop. 250,000) is Guatemala’s second largest city. With its growing commercial center and many universities, Xela is one of the fastest growing cities in Central America. Although the city is located nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, you can drive to the tropical pacific coast in about an hour. Given the altitude, Xela has one of Guatemala’s coolest climates. Temperatures generally stay in the 70s year-round when the sun is out, and can get quite cold at night. While green all year round, everything really comes out into full bloom during the rainy season. Bring a heavy sweater for early morning as the nights are chilly, but also plenty of warm clothing to wear during the day.
Quetzaltenango's population is over 50% indigenous, with Ki’che’ and Mam ethnicities accounting for the majority of the area’s indigenous population. Quetzaltenango ranks 9th in poverty of the 22 departments with 34% living in poverty and 10% living in extreme poverty. The primary sources of income include agriculture, clothing manufacturing and artisan production.
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