Xetulul & Xocomil in Guatemala Trip Reports

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Xetulul & Xocomil in Guatemala Trip Reports

Postby packfanlv » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:17 am

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.

If you have any comments or suggestions let me know. If you want to follow my regular travel adventures please visit www.familyrtw.com 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
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Outside the entry gate. The day we visited was not very crowded at the park.
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The entry price for foreigners. Q7.5=~$1USD
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The entrance to the park goes under the elevated train station. How familiar!
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Entry plaza
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Approaching La Avalancha. The only full size coaster in the park.
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One of the eight inversions!
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The first drop.
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The car goes into the station after the ride.
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A polar bear sits over one of the tunnels.
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Supports & Tunnel
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The park's newest ride. It has a Mayan theme and is located in the Guatemala section.
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El Choconoy (The worm) is the park's second coaster. It is a family coaster with a double figure 8 layout.
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Choconoy POV. The coaster is located in the park's Guatemala section.
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El Choconoy station.
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Nice wormie.
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The Gran Jaguar Pyramid. (A replica of the pyramid at Tikal)
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Jaguar display.
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Children's section of the park.
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Kid's boat ride.
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The pirate ship is located in the Spain section.
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More wonderful theming
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A large theater located in the France section of the park.
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The second train station located in the France section of the park.
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The splashdown boats are themed around Venice.
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The Guatemalans really love this ride!
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The rain comes and we say goodbye!
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Postby sam06pr » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:23 am

Nice TPR. BTW did you see any construction on their new coaster?

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Postby packfanlv » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:31 am

At the time we visited I hadn't heard anything about the new coaster, but did see an empty patch of land where they were doing some leveling work. The park is completely surrounded by rain forest and as long as it is cleared they have plenty of room to build.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:38 am

Thanks for posting this, I can't wait to see your future photo trip reports. It does look like its a nice place to visit.

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Postby NINCUB » Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:54 am

OMG. This must be me and my 15 year old mind frame... but take a look at the monkey in the tree... Is he happy to see us or is that a big brown banana in front of him!

I'm sorry I just about LOL here at work when I saw that pic.

On and BTW great TR... very nice looking park.

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Postby packfanlv » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:01 am

I honestly never noticed that in the monkey picture. Wow!

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Postby larrygator » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:51 am

This is a great Photo TR. No need to be funny and witty when displaying pictures of a place that very few people on this site have ever seen in person.
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Postby Moose » Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:09 am

NINCUB wrote:OMG. This must be me and my 15 year old mind frame... but take a look at the monkey in the tree... Is he happy to see us or is that a big brown banana in front of him!

I'm sorry I just about LOL here at work when I saw that pic.

On and BTW great TR... very nice looking park.


Apparently we have similar minds.



Wow, what a beautiful park, thanks for sharing it with us.

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Postby SFjunkie2010 » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:07 pm

great photo TR! That park looks like a great small park with actual theming! That avalanche coaster looks great with that theming and the rest of the park looks very mellow and fun.

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Postby carolinacaniac » Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:57 pm

So was it really less then 1 U.S. dollar to get in? that's a steal! (Granted the travel costs would negate that but heck, that would make going there nothing if you happen to be visiting Guatemala.)
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