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near Flores, Guatemala
ABOUT LA LANCHA - in their own words:
Set in the rainforest high above the shores of Lago Petén Itzá is La Lancha, a quaint, 10-room lodge decorated with artwork and furniture from Bali, as well as fabrics and carvings from Guatemala personally selected by the Coppola family. Beyond the clear water of the lake is Tikal, the epicenter of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins include more than 3,000 structures where moss clings to the steps of ancient temples and plazas.
La Lancha is tucked into the rainforest high above the shore of Lago Petén Itzá in Guatemalas largest and most northern department, the Petén. The lodge is located 30 minutes frm the Florse airport, 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.
Across the lake, the ancient island capital of the Itzá tribe, Tayasal, now lies under the cobbled streets and colonial buildings of modern day Flores. La Lanchas ideal location makes it easy to explore the wonders of the ancient Maya. The spectacular monuments of Tikal, Uxactun, Yaxhá, Topoxte, Nakum, Dos Pilas, Aguateca and Seibal can all be visited by day tour, and helicopter access during the summer months opens up other mighty Maya sites such as El Mirador, Dos Pilas, El Peru Waka and Cancuen. The neighboring forest lends itself to a wide range of adventure options as well, whether it be aerial walkway, zip line, horseback or jungle trail, while Lago Petén Itzá can be enjoyed by canoe, kayak or launch.
Set high in the hillside above Lago Petén Itzŕ is our charming Main Lodge. This split-level building is a hub of activity at La Lancha, housing our reception area, gift shop, patio, restaurant and bar all under its towering thatch roof. The open plan design offers beautiful panoramic views of the lake and jungle canopy below. The lodges patio features a small library decorated with native art furnishings and is a popular place for guests to access the complimentary Wi-Fi or relax with a book in our plush armchairs.
La Lanchas open-air restaurant is situated under the main lodges thatch roof, with spectacular views of the forest canopy and nearby Lago Petén Itzá. Enjoy a cooked breakfast accompanied by the morning chorus of parakeet and ground doves along with the occasional call of the resident howler monkeys. Dinner features authentic Guatemalan dishes such as Chilaquiles, beef tenderloin served with chiltepe peppercorn sauce grilled on the open parilla, and Suban Ik (Gods meal), a traditional dish containing chicken, beef, rice and spices.
LAKE & POOL
The second largest lake in Guatemala, Lago Petén Itzá is famous for its dramatic changes in color, shifting from cobalt blue to a green turquoise hue in an instant. Some in the local community believe the cool waters contain almost magical powers because of the powerful sense of rejuvenation experienced many people experience after swimming in the lake. Complimentary kayaks and two-person canoes are also available to our guests.
La Lanchas split-level pool is also a wonderful place to cool off after a trek to the Maya ruins of Tikal. Located just below the main lodge, the pool sits above the Casitas offering spectacular views over the lake.
Stocked with one-of-a-kind artistic treasures as well as basic necessities, our new and expanded gift shop provides you a glimpse of Guatemala, featuring locally-made hand-carved and painted masks alongside handmade ceramics and textiles. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of huipils (see below for more info) bought directly from weavers in small Guatemalan villages.