At a Glance
Set on the edge of the Quexil lagoon and surrounded by a 300-acre enclosed nature reserve
Modern style jungle lodge which offers all the facilities and amenities to ensure a comfortable stay
Perfectly placed for exploring the impressive Mayan ruins of Tikal, as well as Uaxactún and Yaxhá
Large and spacious accommodation, with AC and private Jacuzzis
Best time to Visit
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There’s no bad time for visiting Guatemala, though the rainy season – called invierno (winter) – makes unpaved roads more difficult from mid-May to mid-October, and into November and December in the north and east. In the lowland jungles of El Petén, the mud at this time will slow you down, guaranteed. Humidity – never low on the coasts or in El Petén – increases during the rainy season, too. The dry season – verano (summer) – is from about November to April, and this means sweltering heat in El Petén and along the coasts and comfortably warm days in the highlands.
The height of the foreign tourist season is from Christmas to Easter. Things become acute around Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, when Guatemalans take holidays too– in many places you’ll need to book ahead. Another high season runs June to August, when throngs of North Americans descend on Guatemala.
To start planning your holiday to Las Lagunas
Set in the jungle overlooking Quexil Lagoon and near the great Mayan city of Tikal, Las Lagunas is a comfortable boutique lodge with just 19 suites. The lodge has a private reserve where wildlife, especially birds and monkeys, may be observed.
Tucked into the jungle and enjoying a peaceful setting on the shores of Guatemala's Quexil lagoon, Las Lagunas is a boutique lodge style property, with just 19 freestanding suites. The property sits within its own enclosed nature reserve, which spans almost 300 acres and plays home to monkeys, jaguars, ocelots and over 250 bird species. Stay here and discover the region's vast and varied wildlife, while paying visits to some of the Mayan civilisation's most impressive ruins, from Tikal to Uaxactún and Yaxhá.
Las Lagunas Hotel itself is relatively modern in style with rustic elements, boasting a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. As well as exploring the nearby Mayan ruins on a series of exciting excursions, guests can opt to relax in the spa, take part in yoga classes, pay a visit to the on-site museum, and enjoy fantastic dining in the Shultun Restaurant, which serves up international cuisine, as well as local specialities. Daily boat tours are included in your stay over to Monkey Island, where you can help feed the monkeys!
There are 19 individual suites at Las Lagunas, all of which are spacious and modern in style with comfortable beds, AC and private Jacuzzis, as well as satellite TV, iPod docks, waterfall shower, luxurious bedding and mini-bar.
There are no specific childcare facilities, however the resort is very family friendly and teenagers will love the boat trips over to Monkey Island and the visits into the nature reserve. Suites can accommodate extra beds and private family dinners can be arranged.
Facilities at Las Lagunas include a spa, a nature reserve and a museum, as well as the use of kayaks and bicycles. The hotel restaurant serves a delicious selection of international and local cuisine.
The main highlight of a stay here is a visit to the Mayan ruins at Tikal, whose pyramids pierce through the jungle canopy. Every afternoon the hotel offers an ATV excursion around its nature reserve, exploring the tropical flora and fauna within - keep your eyes peeled for ocelots, margay tigers, jaguar, deers, wild pigs and monkeys. There are also daily boat trips out to Monkey Island where the hotel boasts its own breeding program, and guests are invited to feed the animals. Birds are also abundant and birdwatchiung tours can be arranged.
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Conveniently located just 10 mins from the colourful lakeside town of Flores, Las Lagunas is a polished, boutique jungle hotel that does a wonderful job of keeping nature close but not too close. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Quexil Lagoon from the infinity pool and the wonders of the nearby rainforest whilst also enjoying the luxurious spa, the AC rooms and your very own private jacuzzi. It also has a Nature Reserve, where you're guaranteed to see jaguars and ocelets in enclosures, as well as a great restaurant with an inventive menu and an impressive wine and spirit collection. While the restaurant and facilties at Las Lagunas are fantastic, especially as you're in the jungle, there is a slightly generic feel to the resort - it hasn't quite got La Lancha's character but if you're happy to sacrifice that for the facilites and the nature reserves then Las Lagunas will definitely work for you!
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.
Monkey River Tour
A fantastic wildlife adventure for families or couples, this boat trip along Monkey River will bring you up close to howler monkeys, crocodiles, toucans and other exotic species as you are immersed in lush jungle and surrounded by the animals' calls.
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.
Guatemala and Belize Uncovered
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Tikal, Mountain Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District
from £3400 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Explore both country's highlights in one authentic, experience-packed trip, dodging crowds and staying in charming characterful properties and unique remote lodges.
- Guatemala is steeped in native Mayan and Spanish colonial tradition; you'll be introduce to both, whilst visiting photogenic cities and tiny indigenous villages untouched by mass tourism.
- Belize, on the other hand, is a truly Caribbean country with an English-speaking laid-back vibe, with lodges deep in the jungle, a stunning array of wildlife and a healthy dose of adventure.
Location & directions
Las Lagunas is located on the edge of a lagoon in the heart of a 300-acre private nature reserve. It is within easy reach of the ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá.
How to get there
Fly to Flores from Guatemala City, approx. 1 hour. Flores airport is a 15-minute drive from Las Lagunas.
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