Lake Petén Itzá is a large lake in northern Petén. The lake is set amidst a tropical, jungle-filled area and is bordered by many small towns and Mayan sites. It’s a popular stopping over point for travelers making their way towards Tikal. The two best-known destinations in the area are Flores and El Remate, both of which are quaint and set right along the lake (Flores is actually on a small island). Within the Lake Petén Itzá area, travelers cans study Spanish, hike, kayak, zip-line, or simply relax.
La Lancha is tucked into the rainforest high above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. It’s about a 45-minute drive to Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve. With its beautiful setting, relaxed ambiance and close proximity to the wonders of Petén, La Lancha is a great place to simultaneously enjoy a mellow pace and also explore the many attractions in this region.
The lodge is small and lovely. It features just ten casitas (“little houses”), each of which is decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as well as Guatemalan carvings and fabrics. Paths wind from the main lodge to each of the casitas. Some casitas have views of the rainforest while others offer breathtaking views of the lake.
They all feature a private bathroom equipped with robes, marble tile, a hot water shower, and organic toiletries. A covered deck, set with hammocks and chairs, offers guests an ideal place to relax or nap—there are also couches and indoor sitting areas. All casitas have air conditioning, a desk, safe deposit box, and a mini-fridge stocked with water, wine, soft drinks, and beer. Room service is available.
The hotel’s main lodge is a hub of activity at La Lancha—it houses the reception, gift shop, patio, restaurant, and bar. The open floor plan offers beautiful panoramic views of the lake and jungle canopy. The patio features a small library that’s a popular place for guests to access the free Wi-Fi or relax with a book. La Lancha’s split-level pool is a great place to cool off after a trek to Tikal. It sits above the casitas and offers nice views of the lake.
At La Lancha’s open-air restaurant guests can enjoy great food and stellar views. A continental breakfast of coffee, juice, pastries, bread, jam, and fruit is included; selections from the á la carte menu are available for an extra charge. Dinner options include authentic Guatemalan dishes like chilaquiles and beef tenderloin served with chiltepe peppercorn sauce. You can enjoy aged Guatemalan rum or beer from Belize at the hotel’s rooftop bar. The bar has unparalleled views of Lake Petén Itzá and is a good place to relax with a book or chat with friends before dinner.