Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá is La Lancha, a quaint, 10-room lodge decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as well as fabrics and carvings from Guatemala personally selected by the Coppola family. Beyond the clear water of the lake is Tikal, the epicenter of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins include more than 3,000 structures where moss clings to the steps of ancient temples and plazas. With its beautiful lakeshore setting, relaxed ambiance and close proximity to the lost world of Maya, La Lancha is an ideal destination to both enjoy a languid pace and explore the many adventures of the Petén region.
A large deck with hammocks and chairs provides a comfortable setting for views of the lake and rainforest. Each Suite features antique Balinese and Guatemalan furniture, an expansive bedroom with a queen-size bed and large marble tile bathroom. Visits from the friendly howler monkeys right up to the edge of the decks leave no question of the natural surroundings.
Nestled in the forest with a partial view of Lago Petén Itzá, these Casitas feature a queen-sized bed, and a comfortable private bathroom. The furniture is sourced from Guatemalan producers and the décor features many locally made arts and crafts. Outside, enjoy a covered deck with hammocks and plush chairs ideal for an afternoon nap.
La Lancha’s open-air restaurant is situated under the main lodge’s thatch roof, with spectacular views of the forest canopy and nearby Lago Petén Itzá. Enjoy a cooked breakfast accompanied by the morning chorus of parakeet and ground doves along with the occasional call of the resident howler monkeys. Dinner features authentic Guatemalan dishes such as Chilaquiles, beef tenderloin served with chiltepe peppercorn sauce grilled on the open parilla, and Suban Ik (‘God’s meal’), a traditional dish containing chicken, beef, rice and spices. Indulge in a delectable meal and unwind with a cocktail at one of the newest rooftop bars in Guatemala, located just above the restaurant.
Most guests take an early morning excursion to Tikal at least one day while they're here, but other activities include bike rides, nature hikes, or exploration of the lake by canoe or kayak. The helpful bilingual staff offers a menu of choices for guided tours and they are able to set up custom diversions with some advance notice, including trips to Belize by vehicle or private charter plane.
The second largest lake in Guatemala, Lago Petén Itzá is famous for its dramatic changes in color, shifting from cobalt blue to a green turquoise hue in an instant. Some in the local community believe the cool waters contain almost magical powers because of the powerful sense of rejuvenation experienced many people experience after swimming in the lake. Complimentary canoes are also available to our guests. La Lancha’s split-level pool is also a wonderful place to cool off after a trek to the Maya ruins of Tikal. Located just below the main lodge, the pool sits above the Casitas offering spectacular views over the lake.