Xetulul Theme Park (Gran Parque de Diversiones Xetulul)
Tucked away in the northeastern department of Retalhuleu, the award-winning Xetulul Theme Park is the third largest amusement park in Latin America, featuring roller coasters, an enormous waterpark, a spa and a clutch of luxury hotels. One of the most visited tourist sites of Guatemala, the park welcomes over one million visitors annually.
Experience a day of family fun and adventure and fun at Xetulul. Enjoy magic shows, a double-decker carousel, the Transcostero train ride, and of course, the roller coasters. The steel Avalanche, Central America’s largest, has eight inversions, and the Choconoy is more a kid-friendly roller coaster. Avoid lines and guarantee admission by purchasing tickets in advance.xa0
Reminiscent of Disney’s Epcot Center, Xetulul has plazas sporting different international architecture styles and replica landmarks, restaurants and attractions inspired by different countries, each with their own themed live shows and wandering street performers.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Xetulul Theme Park is the ideal place for families and those who love thrilling amusement rides.
- Mini trains connect the park to hotels.
- The park is wheelchair accessible.
- Carry a map of the park for smooth navigation.
- Remember to bring sunscreen, goggles, towel, and swimsuit.
How to Get There
Xetulul Theme Park is located in the Retalhuleu department, in southeastern Guatemala, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Antigua and about 115 miles (185 kilometers) from Guatemala City. Expect about 3-4 hours on the road. From Antigua, take the bus to Mazatenango and take a short taxi ride the rest of the way. From the capital, take a bus to Quetzaltenango; the park is an additional 45 minutes away.
When to Get There
Xetulul Theme park is open from 10 am till 6 pm from Friday to Sunday. On Thursday the park opens at 10 am and closes at 4 pm. To beat the crowd, avoid visiting on weekends and the local holidays
Xocomil Water Park
Inside the theme park is the largest water park in Guatemala. Designed around a Mayan pyramid replica, this world-class aqua park has 14 water slides, four pools and two wave pools, one for adults, and one for kids. Adventure seekers will love Xibalba, which features two slides with fast high-speed free falls. Avoid lines and guarantee admission by purchasing tickets in advance.