La Iguana Perdida was my favorite accommodation during a 2-month trip around Guatemala. The staff, a mix of locals and ex-pats, were all very friendly. The rooms and grounds were very clean and comfortable. The food was incredible. The view was amazing.
There are a variety of rooms, but I loved the open-air lofts. I brought my mosquito net but didn't need it here. Though the bathrooms are composting toilets, they were clean and didn't smell at all. There is running water in the sinks.
In the common room there are games and books, and the lakeside patio has hammocks and tables that encourage socializing among the travelers from all over the world. This is not the place to immerse yourself in the Guatemalan culture, as most of the staff are ex-pats and most of the conversations are in English, but it offers a nice stop to compare travel stories in a common language (and a nice brain break for those of us English-speakers).
From La Iguana Perdida one can hike between villages, kayak on the lake, or catch the shuttle boats to Panajachel and the other towns around Lago Atitlan. There is only a small, rocky beach but it is swimmable.
Unique Quality: Mealtimes at La Iguana Perdida set it apart. Dinner is served family-style, with guests eating together at big wooden tables. Not only is the food fresh and delicious, the company is diverse and the mood jovial. On some evenings you'll be lucky enough to experience the live musical talents of the owners and share shots around the bar.
Food is available other times of day too from the lovely ladies in the kitchen. The bread is baked there daily and everything is delicious. Just beware the dangers of putting everything on your tab! :)
The atmosphere here is also unique as there is no power - there is a plentiful supply of oil lanterns around at night, which lend a romantic, cozy feel to the place. You can borrow one to walk to your room or to the sauna.
Directions: from Panajachel take a shuttle boat to Santa Cruz
A beautiful located hostel right at the lake side. They have all cabins which are mostly double rooms but they have also two dorm rooms with up to 6 beds. We stayed in the dorm but we were the only guests at that time.
There is no electricity down here at the lake. In the village there is but not here. It makes it kind of a special experience as everybody is walking around with lanterns at night. How romatic it is to have candelight dinners al together.
During the day you can order lunches here, at night they make one big dinner for everyone. You can have lunch next door at the hotel but it's closed for outsiders at night.
The owner of this place is a good singer and guitarplayer. We even worked in the studio on a song about dutch girls! Unfortunately I never heard anything about it anymore so if you are there would you like to ask about it for me? I would love to hear the results of what we did there!
It's a cheap place to stay. Only a few dollars a night but the meals are separate.
My family and I are traveling to Lake Atitlan-San Marcos the beginning of May. Does anyone have any recommendations? We will have an infant with us.
Of course there are many good places at very reasonable rates around the lake. Go to www.panajachel.com. I've seen many good reviews on a place called La Casa del Mundo www.lacasadelmundo.com $27 clean, good service, with beautiful view of the lake and good food. There is another place La Iguana Perdida with good reviews too www.laiguanaperdida.com good food too. Good luck.
Thank you again. Do you know how far San Marcos is from Panajachal? We are still contemplating whether or not to rent a car.
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