Smouldering volcanoes, verdant rainforests, mountain lakes and innumerable ancient Mayan sites – Guatemala heaves with history and jaw-dropping natural landscapes.
The hardest part is deciding where to start. You could enter across the Mexico and Belize borders, into a world of steaming jungle strewn with Mayan ruins. The most significant of these is the mighty Tikal complex, where imposing pyramids rise above the forest canopy and noisy howler monkeys swing through the trees. Stay in the nearby island town of Flores, where you can arrange an early morning trip to the ruins to catch the spectacular sunrise.
Or, you might begin your Guatemalan adventure in the southern region, home to the former capital, Antigua Guatemala. Dotted with crumbling churches and surrounded by active volcanoes, this town is a staple sojourn for most travellers. Explore the ruins of La Catedral, wander up the Hill of The Cross for sweeping views, or put your physical fitness to the test with a steep hike up Volcán Acatenango – and be rewarded with views of neighbouring Volcán Fuego spitting jets of lava high into the sky, and other volcanoes peeping through the clouds in the distance.
Guatemala retains a higher proportion of indigenous people than any other Central American country – and their culture is vividly apparent in cities like Cobán and Quetzaltenango, where markets abound with colourful fruits and hand-stitched fabrics.
There are eco-lodges, hotels and hostels widely available in the cities, especially Guatemala City, and the most popular sites like the crater-formed Lake Atitlan.
Beds were comfortable. Location is just across the bridge from Flores (location on Booking.com map is wrong though).
Shower actually had hot water which usually only means lukewarm water in Guatemala.
Staff were very nice and helpful.
Great staff, very friendly and helpful. Safe place and safe parking, with a guard monitoring the property at night. Great fireplace. A nice little table with chairs to sit in front of the fireplace. Clean washroom and REALLY HOT water - a first in Guatemala for us, so far. A restaurant is attached, which is pretty convenient since the place is distant from any town. Hotel is right on the side of the main road, so no difficult access on motorcycle. Note the region has temperatures between 13-19C (55-66F), but you won't feel cold in bed. Quite chilly in the washroom at night. Oh, and everything inside and outside the rooms (small cabins) is nice and clean.
Amazing hotel fully integrated with the jungle around it. It was unforgettable to wake up to the sound of Howler Monkeys roaming around my balcony, or relax in the swimming pool after a good hike in the ruins (walking distance) watching Tucanoes and Spider Monkeys in the trees around the area. One of the best hotel experiences of my life.
The owners and the workers are absolutely friendly, they made my stay incredible, i was almost feeling at home! :)
The rooms are well confortable. The hotel is surrounded by pure nature and also has a beatiful view from lake Atitlan and the volcans.
Everything: location - stunningly beautiful and right at the beach, staff - super friendly and helpful, efficient yet relaxed, facilities - clean, high qualitaty; overall atmosphere - laid back, calm, relaxing