La Lancha Lodge
Lake Peten Itza, Flores, Guatemala
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Lodge on Lake Peten Itza
Very pretty place. Do work out on a stair master first if you get the room we had. Lowest room and there were exactly 100 steps to get up to the dining room! We took a break at the pool before heading up the last ones. Good practice for climbing up those temples at Tikal LOL. Good service for the most part by the employees. The desk helped us with some reservations elsewhere. Only disappointment we had with it is noted below. Food was okay, better than many places we stayed but not as good as others. Meat was a little tough and things seemed to be over salted. Rooms clean and pretty. Candles in the evening in our room were a nice touch. Our porch roof leaked so we couldn't sit out there the night we got there because it was raining. I understand they ripped the roof off of our room the day we left.
They ran out of the beer we were all drinking and for some reason couldn't get more even though we hopped in our car and bought a case of it just down the road. They probably couldn't get it as cheaply as they could through their main purchase point for supplies and felt that keeping the guests happy wasn't as important as saving a couple of bucks.
The rooms are built as duplexes. We were traveling with another couple and requested one whole duplex. It didn't happen. We had made the reservations 3 mos ahead of time and had confirmation that we would be sharing one. They had been doing a lot of work on the grounds and it was paying off. Everything was very pretty and super clean. Interesting shell phone to call the main desk from your room with.
One of Francis Ford Coppola's places.
Yaxha - Palace
On a more sober note
Driving from Lake Atitlan to Lake Peten Itza
I'm trying to get an idea of drive time from the northern side of Lake Atitlan to the La Lancha Resort which is located on Lake Peten Itza. We will be attempting this in February 2006, hopefully with a private driver or rental vehicle.
RE: Driving from Lake Atitlan to Lake Peten Itza
This is a 2 day drive,with a one night layover in Rio Dulce.Leave early from Lake Attitlan,and you won't hit the noon-time traffic in Guat.city.
Travel Tips for Flores
We saw breadnut trees in Yaxha. The nuts from this tree replaced corn in the Late Classic Period here. It is higher in nutrition than corn, and they made flour from it.
You can buy cookies made from breadnut flour, but they aren’t very exciting.
El Portal de Yaxha - It's where to eat
This is actually a restaurant tip, but it is too far from Flores to list there. However, if you are visiting Yaxha (or going past on your way to Belize) it's the perfect place for lunch.
El Portal de Yaxha is an open-air restaurant under a thatched roof, located on the main road near the turnoff to the site. Music was playing, and the chicken with pepian sauce was excellent.
Directions: when you come out of the Yaxha archaeological site, turn right. It's very close to the road that leads to the site. (If you are coming from Flores, it will be on your right just before the turnoff to Yaxha.)
a cruise on the lake
a cruise on this beautiful lake is a MUST! not only will you enjoy a wonderful boat trip on a lovely calm lake, but its also a great chance to spot local birdlife, to see the jungle and a variety of plant species, and most interesting, to see locals and how they live in this part of the world. it is definitely a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours, and the best bit is, most of the boats have covers so you can sit in the shade and just chill! :)
photo 1 - just a bit of the lake
photo 2 - local kids watching dad work
photo 3 - lush vegetation
photo 4 - heading back to flores
for a boat with around 10 people it will cost around 150 quetzales (per boat) which works out to a ridiculously small amount of around US$2 per person for a two hour boat trip! great value, and remember, by using these local boatmen, you are most probably helping a family out. our guide was a friendly chap, with little english, but it didnt matter, we were happy to just cruise! please remember also to tip. tipping is a big part of life here, and helps out the local people.
The View from San Miguel
San Miguel is a tiny village across the lake from Flores. At the top of the hill, there is a mirador with a good view of the island-town. The mirador is close to an archeological site, but since it is not excavated, there is not much to see.
When you hire a boatman, you can see ARCAS and the view from San Miguel in about 2 hours.
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Address: Lake Peten Itza, Flores, Guatemala