Kamalbe organises weekly activities for students and volunteers to offer them the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and learn more about Xela and Guatemala. Activities differ from one week to another and can also be adapted to students' wishes.
Here are just a few examples of what goes on here in Kamalbe :
Xela Walking Tour: Enjoy a leisurely walk around Xela and learn about our historic buildings and monuments, familiarise yourself with places important for your daily life such as markets, supermarkets, libraries, theatre, gym, bars and restaurants.
El Baul: Take a relaxing hike to El Baul national park. Its a beautiful forested area that sits atop off a hill on the southeast side of Xela. At the top of the hill there is a great overlook of the city and you’ll find it to be a popular place for family get-togethers and events on the weekends.
Cooking Lessons: Practice food and market vocabulary as you shop for ingredients to make traditional Guatemalan cuisine. Some of the foods that have been made in the past range from guacamole, ceviche, home-made tortillas and smoothies to more complex traditional meals such as pepian, jocom, chuchitos, pupusas, etc.
Sports Game: Join us for a football match and support the local home team Xelaju or also called The Super Chivos. Attending a Super Chivos football game at Mario Camposeco Stadium is one of the best way to experience local culture here in Xela.
Salsa, Bachata, and/or Merengue Dance Lessons: Learn how to dance Salsa, Bachata or Merengue with discounted lessons at a local dance studio. Meet new friends, get a little work-out and rock the dance floor.
Mercado San Francisco el Alto: Practice your negotiating skills and test your Spanish vocabulary at the largest open-air market in Central America. You’ll explore the different sections of the market, visit the beautiful San Francisco el Alto church, and enjoy the wonderful views of the western highlands from this high altitude city.
Laguna Chicabal Hike: Laguna Chicabal is a beautiful lake in the crater of the volcano Chicabal. Aside from its unique, exceptional beauty, it is also a sacred place for Mam Mayan people who still have ceremonies at the lake. Its a short drive Xela and a beautiful hike through the forest down to the lake.
Santa Maria Hike: Spend the day hiking one of the highest volcanoes in Central America, Santa Maria. From the summit of Santa Maria, you will get an awe-inspiring view of the Guatemalan chain of volcanoes. You will also be able to see into the crater of the nearby volcano Santiaguito.
Las Fuentes Georginas: Situated in the mountain forests, a half an hour ride outside of Xela, you can find the most famous hot springs in Guatemala. There are a variety of thermal pools with different temperatures perfect for soaking and relaxing.
Ziplining: Harness up for a breathtaking zip through the mountainside forest about 40 minutes outside of Xela. You’ll see some amazing views of the peaks and valleys in this region of Guatemala. There are 12 different cables and the highest reach over 50 meters above the ground!
Chocolate Tour: During this hands-on tour of Dona Pancha’s Chocolateria you will learn how a cocoa bean becomes chocolate. Your tour guide and experienced chocolatier will teach you about the different kinds of chocolate and uses of chocolate.
Coffee Finca Tour: Learn about the life and culture of coffee farms. The tour will take you from the coffee plant seeds all the way through dried coffee grains. Enjoy a scenic walk through the farm and pick some coffee beans along the way.
Cerveceria Nacional: Spend the morning or afternoon touring Xela’s own Cabro and Gallo beer factory. On this tour you’ll witness the beer making process and finish by sampling some of Xela's best beer Cabro (for those who are of legal drinking age).
*Some of these activities have additional cost. We do our best to provide a variety of activities that can fit the differing budgets of our students and volunteers.