El Retiro Lodge offers a fun and down-to-earth experience of the Guatemalan countryside, not far from the caves of Lanquín and the bright blue waters of Semuc Champey. It offers equal parts riverside tranquility and a party atmosphere at the on-site bar. Best of all, it makes the most of its beautiful location, with cabanas that allow you to appreciate your surroundings.
- 3:00 p.m. check in
- 12:00 p.m. check out
- Restaurant in Hotel
- Wireless Internet
Travelers will find plenty of unforgettable nature tours to fill their itinerary. You won’t want to leave without hiking to the overlook that allows you to survey Semuc Champey in all its glory and exploring the limestone bridge that traverses the pools. Another popular destination is the Lanquín Caves, which visitors can wade through with the help of a guide and some candles. But it’s not all super-active adventure — you can also spend an easygoing afternoon swimming in the pools of Semuc Champey, which are quite inviting with their clear, jewel-colored water.
The restaurant specializes in vegetarian meals, but there are chicken and beef options as well. Try Guatemalan classics and fresh fruit juices. You can order breakfast for an additional price. The bar plays upbeat music and serves a nice selection of freshly prepared libations. It’s a lively place that encourages dancing all night long! (Make sure to specify you want a room away from the bar if you’re looking to stay somewhere quiet.)
Accommodations come in the form of riverside cabanas, complete with hammocks. There are a few types of cabanas, including affordable dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds and private suites. You can choose dormitory accommodations that come with or without air conditioning. All of the suites, regular rooms, and private cabanas come with private bathrooms.
There is a sauna and Jacuzzi on the grounds if you’re looking for a little relaxation. You can amuse yourself at the volleyball courts and the ping pong table, and there are helpful conveniences like a laundry station and Wi-Fi, although the signal isn’t too strong in this fairly remote location.