Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo – Economical Adventures

Nestled into the steep ravines and cliffs of the Lake Atitlán watershed is an awesome eco-park. Get your adrenaline pumping on the highest zipline in Guatemala (and one of the longest), enjoy amazing views of Lake Atitlán, and have a Guatemalan-style grill-out. Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo is a fabulous place to spend a day with friends or family. Plus, it’s quite economical.

The park was the brainchild of one of the mayors of Santa Clara and has been in operation since 2004. Chuiraxamolo is part of four protected areas in the municipality of Santa Clara and is a community tourism project.

What does “Chuiraxamolo” mean and how do I pronounce it?

Chuiraxamolo is a K’iche’ word that can be translated roughly as “place of the green fly”.

Green bottle fly, origin of the name Chuiraxamolo

“Chui” is pronounced “chewy” and means “over” or “above.” “Rax” means “green” and is pronounced like “rush” with extra emphasis on the “sh” sound. “Amolo” refers to a “fly” and is pronounced, “ah moh ló.”

Things to do at Chuiraxamolo

Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo has a variety of nature activities including nature trails, picnic and camping areas, a beautiful restaurant, a store, rooms for events, a rappel tower, and two ziplines.

Highest zipline in Guatemala

The zipline tour is the main attraction. I highly recommend it! The shorter zipline is 492 feet long and the second zipline is 1312 feet long (and 656 feet above the ground). You can choose to cross the second zip line normal or superman style. Either way, be sure to look to the right for amazing views of Lake Atitlán.

400 meter-long zipline at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo in Santa Clara la Laguna, Sololá
Can you spot the person on the zipline?

During the zipline tour, you’ll get geared up at the offices below the restaurant, then carry your pulley down the interpretive nature trail to the base of the gorge. The guide explains how to cross safely and position your body, head, and hands. You don’t have to worry about braking, because one of the guides goes over ahead to brake for you.

Hiking up to the second zipline at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo.
Hiking up to the second zipline

Note: You will have to hike up a steep trail to get to the second zipline, so keep that in mind.

Tip for guys: If you decide to cross superman style, adjust your harness ahead of time to avoid discomfort.

Rappel tower at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

The rappel tower was scary for me because I’d never done rappeling before. I would have liked to try it twice since the first time down was more of a learning run. I recommend putting all of your weight on the rope before leaning out.

You can also opt to climb up the tower instead of rappeling down it, but according to the guides, it is very challenging and none of them have managed to make it to the top.

Camp with amazing views at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Camp in the woods with access to a shelter with picnic tables, bbq areas, a faucet, and latrines. You’ll have awesome views of the lake.

Playground and swings

There’s a small playground near the picnic area where you can swing on the swings with amazing views of the lake. Children can also climb into the playhouse and go down the slide.

Picnic area for an amazing churrasco lunch

During my family and my visit to the park, we decided to go all out and have a churrasco. We grilled solomito in parsley chimichurri, toasted chunks of boiled yuca, roasted plantains, grilled green onions, and heated up black beans and tortillas. On the side we had guacamole, radish lime salad, and chirmol (roasted tomato salsa). It was fun to cook all together and everything turned out delicious.

Nature trails that tell a story and a Mayan ceremonial alter

Walk the interpretive nature trail to learn about the K’iche’ culture of Santa Clara la Laguna. There’s also a Mayan ceremonial altar on site.

Beautiful restaurant at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Above the offices, there is a gorgeous restaurant and coffee that serves typical Guatemalan food, Chinese food, and hot beverages. If you’d rather not bother with a picnic, this is a great alternative.

Event Areas

If you are planning a special event, Chuiraxamolo could be a great spot for it. They can host up to 200 people for business meetings, parties, trainings, and cultural events. The event room has a fantastic view of the lake.

Event area, restaurant and offices at Chuiraxamolo
Event room at Chuiraxamolo

Hours at Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

The park is open Tuesday to Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm.

Costs

You’ll notice that the costs at Chuiraxamolo are double for tourists and non-residents. This is a common practice in Guatemala to ensure that locals can still access fun activities they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Guatemalans and Residents

Entrance: Q10
Zipline: Q40
Rappel or Climbing Wall: Q20
Camping: Q10

Tourists and Non-Residents

Entrance: Q20
Zipline: Q80
Rappel or Climbing Wall: Q40
Camping: Q20

Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.

Contact Information

Park Manager: +502 46298039
Reception:    +502 57492886
Municipal Office: +502 7927-1860
The number I used: +502 5449-9944

Go to the Chuiraxamolo Website or Facebook Page

How to get to Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo is located in the municipality of Santa Clara la Laguna, above Lake Atitlán. If you are in Sololá, it will take about 1 hour to drive to the park. You can either drive towards Quetzaltenango on CA-1 and then turn onto Sol-4 towards Santa Clara, or cut through San José Chacayá and Santa Lucia Utatlán. It will take about an hour in your own vehicle.

If you prefer to go on public transportation, you can find a minibus going to Santa Clara in Sololá. Alternatively, take a tuc tuc or minibus to Santa Clara from San Juan la Laguna, San Pedro la Laguna, or San Pabla la Laguna. Once in Santa Clara, find a minibus heading towards Sololá. Get off at the entrance to Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo.

What to take to Parque Ecológico Chuiraxamolo

Good walking/hiking shoes
A sweater (it can get cool since the park is at a higher elevation)
Sunscreen/hat/sunglasses
Water to stay hydrated
Camera
Snacks/Picnic supplies if not eating at the restaurant*

*There is a small store where you can buy drinks and chips

Nearby Attractions

There are hundreds of activities around Lake Atitlán. Why not check out my post of 35 Amazing Things to Do in Atitlán to get started?

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