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Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela or Xelajú, is located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The architecture of the town is unique in that it has elements of the Spanish, and German settlers who later moved into the area mostly to farm coffee. The town boomed during the late 1800s as a commercial center for the region’s coffee farmers, but like many towns in Guatemala, it suffered from a devastating earthquake in 1902, which severely affected the city. Today Xela is the second largest city in Guatemala, and offers the traveler a unique look at life in Guatemala. It’s a great place to study Spanish, volunteer, or use as a home base for trekking in the beautiful surroundings.