Wildlife Reserve in Monterrico

Parque Hawaii

This nature reserve operated by Arcas (Asociación de Rescate y Conservación de Vida Silvestre) comprises a sea-turtle hatchery and some caimans, 8km east along the beach from Monterrico. The reserve is separate from…
Wildlife Reserve in Monterrico

Tortugario Monterrico

The Cecon-run Tortugario Monterrico is just a short walk east down the beach from the end of Calle Principal and then a block inland. Several endangered species of animals are raised here, including leatherback, oli…
Museum in Retalhuleu

Museo de Arqueología y Etnología

This is a small museum of archaeological relics. Upstairs are historical photos and a mural showing locations of 33 archaeological sites in Retalhuleu department.
Amusement Park in Parque Acuático Xocomil & Parque de Diversiones Xetulul

Parque Acuático Xocomil

With a distinct Guatemalan theme, this world-class water park offers aquatic diversions for all ages (under-fives must have a flotation device; BYO, or hire one for Q20). Among the 14 waterslides, two swimming pools…
Amusement Park in Parque Acuático Xocomil & Parque de Diversiones Xetulul

Parque de Diversiones Xetulul

Xetulul is a surprisingly well organised amusement park, with first-class rides for all ages. Themed areas include representations of a Tikal pyramid, historical Guatemalan buildings and famous buildings from many E…
Archaeological Site in Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

Parque Arqueológico Takalik Abaj

This 6.5-sq-km archaeological site spreads over nine natural terraces, which were adapted by its ancient inhabitants. The parklike grounds boast temple mounds, ball courts and flights of steps paved with rounded riv…
Museum in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

Museo El Baúl

This museum, about 2.75km on foot or 5km by vehicle from El Baúl hilltop site, comprises a very fine open-air assemblage of Pipil stone sculpture collected from around Finca El Baúl's sugarcane fields. A large stone…
Museum in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa

Museo Cultura Cotzumalguapa

At the headquarters of the Finca Las Ilusiones sugarcane plantation, you’ll find this museum, which holds a collection of sculptures found around Las Ilusiones' lands. There is some explanatory material and you'll p…
Museum in La Democracia

Museo Regional de Arqueología

Facing the plaza, along with the church and the modest Palacio Municipal, is this small, modern museum that houses some fascinating archaeological finds. The star of the show is an exquisite jade mask. Smaller figur…
Wildlife Reserve in The Pacific Slope

Autosafari Chapín

About 25km southeast of Escuintla, Autosafari Chapín is a drive-through safari park and animal conservation project earning high marks for its sensitivity and success in breeding animals in captivity. Species native…