I have been traveling around the world with my family for the past year. We are currently in Southeast Asia and I try to get to as many parks as my wife will allow.
Last fall we spent two months in Guatemala and I had the opportunity to visit Xetulul. This park is privately owned by a group of businesses who run it as a perk for their employees. While foreigners can purchase all day tickets, employees are able to purchase 10 rides for around $8USD.
The park is located in the town of Retalheu, Guatemala about five hours by bus from the capital and close to the Pacific Ocean. Adjacent to the theme park is a massive water park called Xocomil which is also fabulous.
Unfortunately the day we visited I brought my really bad camera and the batteries died early in the day. In addition it rained most of the afternoon and I didn't have time to get a lot of the pictures that I wanted to. In looking at these pictures, they really don't do the park justice.
The park has many themed areas. In the front is a main street type area. Stemming from that is a Mayan themed area that reflects Guatemalan culture. The entire back of the park is themed around European countries such as Italy, Spain and France. The designers carried the theme throughout the park and everything is maintained quite well. While we were there several painters were keeping everything from looking dull. The attention to detail is reminiscent of Disney, although this park does not compare in scope or size.
Xetulul only has two roller coasters, although RCDB says another is under construction. The first coaster is El Choconoy. It is a rather large family coaster in a double figure eight design. The second coaster is an Intamin looping coaster named La Avalancha, most famous for having eight inversions. La Avalancha was very smooth and a lot of fun.
Since I am traveling I don't have a lot of time to post trip reports, but will as often as possible. As soon as I can I will post the Xocomil water park pictures because the theming is wonderful. I have also visited several rare parks in Southeast Asia, most notably in Malaysia. As soon as I can I will post trip reports of Genting Highlands, Sunway Lagoon and Cosmo's World in Kuala Lumpur. I hope you enjoy my first TR.
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The following pictures were taken on August 16, 2007. Forgive me for not having funnier captions since I am strapped for time. Also, here is a link to the post I made about Xetulul and the water park Xocomil. There is more detailed information there. Enjoy! Xetulul & Xocomil @ familyrtw.com