The community of Quetzaltenango was fabulouis-so welcoming to so many foreign travelers. Quetzaltenango is Guatemala's second largest city and is nestled in the mountains of the Sierra Madres at an altitude of 8000 ft. The scenery is gorgeous, although we experienced about 15 inches of rain in our time there this summer, many of the mornings were beautiful. There are hikes to nearby volcanos, steam baths at the volcanos, and lots of shopping opportunities at several large markets. I spent a couple weeks in Quetzaltenango studying Spanish in an immersion program at Casa Xelaju. Casa Xelaju staff was wonderful and offered many day trips to places of interest in and around Quezaltenango in addition to the 5 hours of immersion instruction per day. We lived with host families, learned how to make chocolate, watched weaving demonstrations and liquor being made in someone's home. Overall, the experience was great and I would recommend for any age traveler- kids down to age 7 were studying Spanish in the school as well!