Quetzaltenango or more commonly referred to by its simplified indigenous name Xela, is the second largest city in Guatemala. Most tourists don’t come here and even fewer take notice of the sunset. But the evening hours in Parque Central are reason enough to visit the city on a trip through Guatemala.
One night I sat in the park and watched. I watched young lovers hold hands, families go for a walk, dogs parade about and also take siestas. I smiled at kids as they ran with glee as ice cream vendors attempted to make their smile bigger. I conversed with foreign language students about classes and even sketched a few drawing in my journal. I watched a city and a culture and became part.
I also watched the sunset from Parque Central. Afterwards as the cool crisp mountain air chased away the crowds, I stayed a bit longer to see the Parque Central under the lights. Another evening was about to begin in Quetzaltenango.
Stay adventurous, Craig
Travel Tip: Make sure you stay within walking distance of Parque Central, this is where everything happens in Quetzaltenango.