This is a great day trip from Xela that takes around 4 hours. The tour takes you to the oldest Catholic church in Central America, La Ermita de Salcajá, and the vibrant, striking and unforgettable San Andres Xecul.
La Ermita de Salcajá was built in 1524 and is home to the oldest statue of the Virgin Mary in Central America. The statue was transported from Spain and is a great historical example of the colonial power’s desire to convert the indigenous people.
San Andres Xecul is a complete contrast to the traditional Spanish look of La Hermita de Salcaja. The mix of colonial Catholicism and vibrant Mayan symbolism come together to create this beautiful church’s visually captivating facade.
During the church tour, you can enjoy some ‘Caldo de Fruta’ which is a refreshing local eggnog style drink. Originally taken over by the Spanish it has been adapted and (in our clearly unbiased opinion) improved by the locals. A fascinating day that shows you the mix of cultures that have defined Guatemala’s history.
Total trip time: 4 hours
Departure time: 9:00am from Xela
Included in Price: Private transportation, tour guide, entrance fee to the churches, a taste of “Caldo de Frutas”
Additional costs: some extra money in case you would like to buy food or drinks
What to bring: comfortable shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera and water
Useful Information: The tour is available all year round and has a flexible schedule. A local family sells Caldo de Frutas if you would like to buy it.