Things to Do in Guatemala – Family Adventure in Xetulul

Now that I’m living in this Central American country I wanted to explore as many things to do in Guatemala as I could, and Xetulul Theme Park caught my eye because everyone in Guatemala is talking about it. So one weekend my husband and I took my son on a trip with Xetulul as the destination.

Things to Do in Guatemala

But before I go on with my experience let me tell you what Xetulul is all about. It is a beautiful award winning theme park known as the best in Central America. It is located in the Retalhuleu Department of Guatemala. Across the street they own 4 different, beautiful hotels.

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This is why visiting Xetulul with the family is one of the best things to do in Guatemala:

For me this turned into the perfect place for a family trip. We stayed in one of their hotels called Hostal Santa Cruz and I loved it. To get from the hotel to the park there is a mini train that works as transport only for the people staying in the hotels.

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The park is gorgeous, as soon as you come in you are in a small plaza that recreates a traditional Guatemalan central park. If you keep on walking you will pass by an area that resembles a Guatemalan town. If you look up to will see a representation of what the Grand Jaguar Temple of the Tikal Mayan ruins would have looked like in its days. It took my breath away.


If you keep on walking around the park you will find plazas with miniature representations of some of the most famous cities in the world that are used as restaurants or souvenir shops. There is the Spain Plaza, the Italian Plaza, the France Plaza and the German Plaza. I was amazed to see how much these buildings looked like the real ones.


Now for the rides, there are rides for all ages. Among others they have a huge roller coaster a roller coaster for kids, a water splash, a climbing wall a games arcade and even a theater where they have a magic show twice a day.


And last but not least the food, in each plaza you will find 1 or 2 restaurants with traditional food of the country it represents. We tried the Italian food and it was a 5 start meal. My only advice if you are coming here would be bringing a good map. Roads can be pretty confusing if you don’t know the place.


Interesting Fact: This amusement park was created by a non Governmental Guatemalan group of companies for their worker’s recreation so the entrance for them is free. But for a fee anyone can visit it.


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About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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