Ni'tun Lodge and Private Reserve

Near San Andrés, across Lake Petén Itzá northwest of Flores, San Andrés Xecul, Totonicapán, Guatemala

After hiking through the jungle, you'll love returning to this charming cluster of bungalows, which feel almost subterranean with their rock walls and earthen tones. This upscale eco-lodge's goal is to disturb the environment as little as possible, so the buildings are constructed of stone and wood left behind by farmers clearing land for fields and are made in the Colojché style, involving a plaster of sand and water. The common areas, including a massive kitchen downstairs and an airy bar and reading room upstairs, are delightful. Dinner can be arranged by reservation. Ni'tun also runs Monkey Eco Tours, so you can choose from itineraries ranging from one-day trips to nearby villages to a seven-day journey to El Mirador. It's easiest to get here by boat (a 20-minute trip) from Flores. The lodge is also associated with ARNPG, the Association of Natural Private Reserves of Guatemala.

PROS

  • small, very personal lodge experience
  • wonderful food
  • engaging owners

CONS

  • off the beaten path
  • expensive
  • difficult for anyone with mobility issues

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 502-5201–0759
Website: www.nitun.com

HOTEL DETAILS

Rate Includes: Closed late May–early June4 units Breakfast

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