La Casa de Don David

On road to Biotopo Cerro Cahuí, near El Remate, El Remate, Petén, Guatemala

Don David Kuhn has lived in the area for 40 years and is a great source for Tikal travel tips, while his lakeside hotel, an institution in Petén, also offers much to the visitor. In fact, you can consider this little inn as the area's semiofficial tourist information center. (The hotel's website also has a wealth of information on travel to Tikal.) Rooms are simple and clean, all with private baths and most with air-conditioning. The gardens, though, really deserve your time, as does the lakefront deck. (Remarkably, drinks can be delivered to you there via a mini hand-cranked ski lift, the "Toucan Express.") The casa has an open-air restaurant with good home cooking and winning views of Lake Petén Itzá. One meal is included in the room rate—you can choose to have breakfast or dinner here (dinner reservations are required). The hotel offers good, well-priced tours to Tikal, Yaxhá, and other sites, along with horseback riding and boat rides on the lake. Choice of breakfast or dinner included.


  • gardens of a four-star resort
  • knowledgeable hosts
  • good restaurant


  • not a lot of frills


Phones: 502-5306–2190 | 502-5949–2164


13 rooms
Rate Includes: Some meals