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.
Set high in the hillside above Lago Petén Itzà is our charming Main Lodge. This split-level building is a hub of activity at La Lancha, housing our reception area, gift shop, patio, restaurant and bar all under its towering thatch roof. The open plan design offers beautiful panoramic views of the lake and jungle canopy below. The lodge’s patio features a small library decorated with native art furnishings and is a popular place for guests to access the complimentary Wi-Fi or relax with a book in our plush armchairs.
All rooms have toiletries in clay pots, custom sinks, and a "shell phone" for getting room service or assistance when you need it. Local touches abound: woven Guatemalan rugs over tile floors, traditional masks, hand–made custom cabinets, and the huipil panchos worn by local ladies used as wall hangings. There are no TVs or other gadgets, though wi–fi is available in the bar and restaurant area. High ceilings and fans make up for the lack of air–conditioning. All have a furnished balcony, but most face trees and colorful birds rather than the lake.
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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.
A two–level swimming pool sits just below the main lodge, with a panoramic lake view and comfortable deck chairs for lounging. 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.
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