Quetzaltenango (Xela)

Xela is the indigenous name of Quetzaltenango, and behind Guatemala City it is the largest city in Guatemala, much larger than I had anticipated, with a morning market that hustles with the best of them, fruit vendors and pushcarts and people making there way to and from what felt like everywhere. When you emerge from the covered walkways and stalls, you stumble upon the network of infamous Guatemalan buses ready to take you wherever. 

Market in Quetzaltenango a.k.a. Xela, in the western highlands of Guatemala.