Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: Xocomil Water Park

It’ s finally warming up around Xela, and what better way to enjoy the sun than to drift around in an inner tube or fly down a water slide?

To get to Xocomil Water Park, take a bus toward Retalhuleu – known locally as ” Reu” – and get off at kilometer 180.5 on the road that leads down the mountain. The driver will know what you’ re talking about. Travel by chicken bus is ideal: by the time you disembark from a packed bus via the coast road, you’ ll be ready for a shower. Xocomil is part of the IRTRA (Recreational Institute for the Private Enterprise Laborers) Parks, which provide free access to employees of certain Guatemalan businesses. Sadly, the XelaWho is not affiliated, so we had to pay Q75 for the day.

The best part about Xocomil is the variety. If you love the ocean but can’ t stand sand in your bathing suit or fear the riptide of the Pacific coast, you should check out the wave pool, which holds over a million gallons of water. If you like lazy afternoons floating down a river in an inner tube, but don’ t want to travel all the way to Semuc Champey, Tumala, their river ride, is just what you’ re after. While these rides are nice, most people who come to Xocomil do so for the water slides, and for good reason. Let’ s just say that after my first time on Xibalbá, I didn’ t need my monthly enema for another six months.

Overall, the food is a bit overpriced and the atmosphere a tad too ” Disney” for my liking, but there’ s not too much else not to like about the place, especially on a hot Spring day. So check them out. The park is open from Thursdays to Sundays, from 9 am to 4 pm.

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