Petencito Zoo

Petencito Zoo, Flores: Address, Petencito Zoo Reviews: 3.5/5

Petencito Zoo
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC5,689 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
I made arrangements with my boat man to take me to this zoo, museo, and San Miguel for 150 quetsales. Entrance fee to the zoo is 40 pesos per person. The bathrooms are located behind the cashier.

The first animals I saw were several small black pigs.Crossing the wooden bridge that connects 2 sections of the zoo, I saw parrots, jaguars, monkeys, deer, etc. My boatman met me there and he became my personal guide.

Tips: Be sure to wear shoes with good support. Due the heavy rain, the steps and pavement are very slippery. Bring some bananas for the monkeys, they enjoy grabbing from your hand.

Written November 20, 2015
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19Rianne94
Zwolle, The Netherlands9 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We read some bad reviews about this place, stating that the cages are very small and the animals looked sad and that a lot of animals were just sleeping. But the people at the zoo told us that this place is more like a sanctuary than a zoo and a lot of the animals were rescued because they were in poor health. Also, a lot of the animals here are nightanimals, so it's not strange that they are not moving all the time.. We really enjoyed this zoo, it's small but really worth visiting. Some animals were not kept in cages, like the pecaris, who were not shy at all and even try to lick our feet, and also the spider monkeys could leave their cage whenever they wanted (to search for food in some of the trash cans!). For 150 quetzal we had a guy bring us there with a boat, which was cool as he told us information about Flores and the lake. Also he waited for us and then took us back to the city. Definetely worth visiting!
Written January 25, 2016
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TDWolsey
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA98 contributions
Jun 2019 • Business
I am concerned about the quality of care in many zoos, but the animals here seemed well-cared for and content. The many interesting critters from Central America were certainly worth a visit. Start on the little island, then cross the pontoon bridge to the larger part of the zoo. You can grab a launch for around Q200 at many points on Flores or Sta Elaina.
Written June 14, 2019
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Rachel B
Denver, CO41 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
A short boat ride from Flores and great for a 1-2 hour outing. All of the animals have been rescued and are being rehabilitated. Not a lot of signage or interpretation, but all the animals are happy and well taken care of.
Written January 8, 2020
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TexasFreqTraveler
Dallas, TX186 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
Zoo is run down. Animals are not kept in large enough cages or areas. Poor deer were in an area by the lake and since it was rainy season half of their area was flooded. Saw red macaw that had gotten out of its cage and had its talon caught on the top of a cage and couldn't get free. This zoo is a disgrace. I wish someone would tell me how I can get this zoo shut down. The restrooms have no toilet paper or soap. The soap dispenser hasn't had soap in so long that it's broken with cob webs on it.
Written October 13, 2013
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AxelRene
Guatemala City, Guatemala200 contributions
Nov 2013 • Couples
I think the government or the owner of this place is doing their best to keep this zoo but I dont think animals are happy here, they are in small cages and most of them look sick, this zoo is in a island it has nice views to the lake but since animals are the main attraction, I dont think its a good idea to go and see them like that, the prices are Q40 for foreigners and Q10 for nationals... Bathrooms are really bad and smelly
Written November 18, 2013
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Georgia K
6 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
We visited Pentecito on our first afternoon in Flores, excited for a trip across the a lake and a chance to see the complete set of Guatemalan wildlife. Unfortunately, the price of 40 GTQ per person turned out to be a waste of money and time. The animals and their cages were filthy - to the point where turtles in dirty water had a thick layer of mould on their shells. The cages and enclosures were far too small for the animals and it was heartbreaking to see how sad and lifeless they seemed. Apart from a few wild boars and some spider monkeys, not one of the animals were moving. This zoo should be closed down and the animals rehoused. Please do not visit!
Written August 1, 2015
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aussieadventurea
Houston, TX84 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
We took the boat across to the zoo - and ABSOLUTELY loved it! the ride is only about 10 minutes by boat (but boat guys will tell you its 20 min) and you can definitely convince them to knock down the price a LOT! Your boat pulls up to the front entrance which is a small booth and walkway to the water's edge - so cool. your boat and boat guy will wait for you to complete the zoo then take you back. also consider stopping by ARCAS conservation center next door. admission is nearly free for locals and modest for visitors. you start off in an area full of coche de monte - a type of hill pig kinda. they're super cool and just roaming around - as are the leaf cutter ants! the pigs are curious and will come up and put their snout up to sniff your leg if you let them. there are also tons of baby ones - too cute. then there are several exhibits - parrots, raccoons, tigrillo, variety of local animals. some of the cages look to be in disrepair and require smart sense not to let kids get too close or put their fingers in - but the animals seem well kept. the spider monkeys have a nice huge cage and are very interactive with people! Keep your distance from the cage - as they will try to reach out. Even cooler - some local free spider monkeys were in the trees outside of the spider monkey exhibit looking at the caged ones. Having a zoo in the middle of the jungle really is special! There are awesome looking water slides that my boyfriend almost attempted to ride down - but they don't seem operational anymore as the water faucet only puts out a weak stream. Overall, this place is worth a visit. you'll enjoy the boat ride, the animals, and the setting!
Written February 14, 2015
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Aaron N
Nerang, Australia6 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
The zoo was Q40 to enter way over the Q15, We got told. All the birds where in poor health, the jaguar and puma where right at the back of the enclosure and could only just make them out. Most enjoyable was watching ants carry their food across the paths.
Written July 18, 2013
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patopepina
2 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
You can tell they are not taking good care of this zoo... soo sad!
It is a nice visit though, but there is a small around it, not because of the animals but because it is not very clean.
Written August 9, 2017
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