Xocomil Water Park (Parque Acuático Xocomil)
Xocomil Water Park is the largest and most visited water park in Guatemala, and is designed around the recreation of a Mayan pyramid. The world-class, award-winning park has 14 different water slides, four pools and two wave pools, one for adults, and one designed for children.
Let the steady current of the Rio Tumala carry you over 1,770 feet (540 meters), passing by replicas of Mayan masks with spring water jets to massage you as you float by. Xocomil Rapids, the largest slide in Central America, has five lanes and a launch platform 69 feet (21 meters) high. 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.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Xocomil Water Park is ideal for families and those who love water sports.
- There is an interactive children’s and youth pool, and a beach volleyball zone.
- The larger Xetulul Theme Park complex has several restaurants.
- Little trains connect the park to hotels.
- Entry tickets for children are based on heights.
- Remember swimwear, a towel, and sun protection.
How to Get There
Xocomil Water Park is located inside the Xetutul Theme Park 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
The water park is open Thursday through Sunday from morning to early evening. To beat the crowds, visit on a Thursday or Friday. Guatemala has a pleasant climate all year long so you can visit during any time of the year.
Xetulul Theme Park
The water park is a part of a gigantic shrine to fun and pampering. The third largest amusement park of Latin America, Xetulul has 3 roller coasters, a spa, and four luxury hotels. Capable of handling 12,000 visitors a day, the park is divided into plazas featuring architecture from Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Each plaza features themed attractions, shows, and restaurants.