Francis Ford Coppola's secluded jungle retreat, La Lancha, is a charming hideaway located on the unspoiled shores of Lake Peten Itza and the most comfortable base for visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal that rise majestically out of the rainforest.
Jungly hideaway located on the unspoiled shores of picturesque Lake Peten Itza
The most comfortable accommodation for visiting the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal
Decorated with Mayan art and Guatemalan and Balinese furniture collected from movie director/owner Francis Ford Coppola's travels
A wide range of excursions can be organised such as fishing, lake trips, canopy tours, bird-watching, kayaking and mountain biking
Perched on a hillside and enveloped by a forest of parakeets and howler monkeys, the lodge is set above the turquoise waters of Lago Peten Itza. From the main lodge, winding paths lead to either lake view or rainforest view casitas. The accommodations are brightly decorated, with natural design features inspired by native art furnishings.
The main lodge, with its thatched roof and open views of the lake and jungle canopy below, offers local Guatemalan cuisine with an Italian twist.
Guided excursions of Lago Peten Itza will take you to the village of El Remate, famous for its wooden artefacts, and the island town of Flores which is scattered with colonial buildings and native architecture. A visit to the ruins of Tikal, buried deep in tropical rainforest, is a must. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is one of the most impressive of all the Mayan archaeological sites with over 3,000 structures to explore. It was, after all, the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.
When to visit
You are unlikely to miss your wake-up call here, as the jungle alarm clock, in the form of roaring howler monkeys, definitely provides an unusual start to the day.
Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lake Petén Itzá. In Guatemala’s largest and most northern department, the Petén, La Lancha is located an hour away from the Belize border and only a 45-minute drive from the magnificent Maya ruins of Tikal and the Maya Biosphere Reserve.
15-hour international flight to La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala City. La Lancha is reached by an hours domestic flight to Flores and then a 40-minute car transfer.
El Mirador Mayan Ruins by Helicopter
Soar over the jungles of Guatemala by helicopter, to reach the remote, northern corner of El Petén. Here, the Mayan ruins of El Mirador lay hidden amongst the dense forest, and can only be reached following a 5-day trek or 90-min helicopter flight.
Full day Yaxha and Topoxte
This full day tour will take you to explore the wonderful Mayan sites of Topoxte and Yaxha, accompanied by a private guide. As well as the pyramid temples of Yaxha and the island site of Topoxte, there is plenty of wildlife to observe.
Sunrise at Tikal
Enjoy an early morning excursion to the impressive temples of Tikal and soak in the sounds of the jungle as the sun rises over its towering structures. Climb temple 4 for stunning views and the chance to enjoy 360-degree views over this magical site.
Sunset at Yaxha
Discover the magical Mayan site of Yaxhá near Tikal and watch the sun set on the horizon. Relax and soak up the spectacular panoramic views of the jungle and the beautiful Yaxha and Sacnab lagoons.
Temples of Tikal
Experience one of the Maya world's most impressive and evocative temple complexes, Tikal, and feel like a true Indiana Jones. Tikal is arguably the greatest of all Mayan cities. Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour with your very own archaeology guide.