When we think of Guatemala we think of Mayan Ruins, indigenous towns, colonial cities and colorful handcrafts. But there are also so fantastic zoos and safaris that can turnÂ your family vacation into a great learning adventure. These are my favorite ones:
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La Aurora National Zoo
This zoo is owned by the Guatemalan government but the managing has been given to a private entity and is located in Guatemala City. They offer every animal a zoo normally has including every character from the Madagascar and Lion King’s movies. It is divided into sections, there is the: African, Asian and American sections plus a Farm, a Serpentarioum, Australian fauna and a nursery for animals. We even saw a baby lion cub. The entrance fee here is only $2 dollars per kid and $3 for Adults.
Some of the services they offer are:
…..* Special Events (from birthday parties to weddings)
…..* Guided tours
…..* Summer camp for kids
…..* Volunteer program
Auto Safari Chapin
This is a car safari located in the southern Department of Escuintla. If you are a traveler without a car you can do the tour in one of their comfortable vans at no extra charge. You will literally ride so close from the animals that you could reach out and pet them but be careful and keep the window closed because they could do the same. The entrance fee for adults is $12 and $11.33 for children. The Price is a package that includes all the attractions of the safari and a huge meal: a car ride along the safari, a walk along their zoo, boat ride and swimming pool.
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This is a mini zoo located 10 minutes away from Antigua Guatemala where they try to preserve native species and show kids their importance. They have reptiles, farm animals and mammals. There are also animal shows where kids can interact with some of the animals like iguanas. Some attractions they offer are: horse rides, a playground, a small climbing wall, a canopy swing and can be rented for birthday parties. My son has had a lot of fun in this place.
Their Phone number is: (502) 5628-9999
Mundo Petapa (Irtra)
This zoo is located inside of a theme park that was just remodeled and had some great rides added in Guatemala City. They also do the best they can to protect and breed endangered species such as jaguars, spider monkeys, macaws, royal peacock and howler monkeys. Their animal collection is formed by native species of Guatemala: 23 mammal species, 11 reptile species and over 90 bird species. For $13 you get to see this zoo, use the pool and restaurant. The tickets for the rides are bought separately.