The Chiminos Island Lodge is set on an island in Lake Petexbatún. This hotel offers traveler an authentic experience in the Guatemalan jungle.
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Lake Petexbatún is somewhat off the grid in Guatemala and isn’t visited by tons of tourists. As such, this is a great place for travelers who want to experience the real Guatemalan jungle. The Petexbatún Wildlife Refuge, which is located along the shores of the lake, protects an abundance of wildlife – including howler monkeys, herons, and crocodiles – as well as the ruins of a few small Mayan cities. The Aguateca Cultural Monument is also nearby, offering up two groups of ruins and wonderful views of the lake.
The Chiminos Island Lodge offers travelers an authentic experience in the rainforest. Set on a small island in Lake Petexbatún, this hotel is remote and removed. You’ll come into intimate contact with the sights, sounds, and smells of the Guatemalan wilderness. The hotel is also close to several Mayan ruins.
Accommodations include five thatched-roof bungalows. They blend easily into the rainforest and are hundreds of feet away from each other, providing guests with a private setting. The bungalows are made from sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods. All have a wooden deck that overlooks the lake—this is a great spot to search for toucans and howler monkeys in nearby trees. The bungalows have comfy beds and a private hot water bathroom. Guatemalan blankets give them a splash of color, and huge windows provide ample views of the rainforest.
The hotel’s open-air restaurant serves tasty food. The food is traditional and high quality. Sample grilled fish, cucumber soup, or a fresh salad. A number of drinks can be ordered at the bar and enjoyed throughout the property. Keep your eyes out for monkeys hanging in the trees above the restaurant.
A hammock area offers guests a place to relax and enjoy the lakeside setting. If you’re looking to spend time along the water, head down to the floating dock for sunbathing, swimming, or fishing. Guests can also rent canoes and paddle out into the lake for bird watching and exploring.
The Chiminos Island Lodge is about a 1.5-hour boat ride from Sayaxché.