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The Highlands Hotels

La Iguana Perdida

  • Great place to chill and read a book

  • The dock

  • family style dinner with owners seated next to us

  • view from room

  • The hostel as seen from the boat


  • Good value
  • Lots of activity


  • Young vibe
  • Difficult to find space on weekends

Updated 12/31/1969

Fodor's Review

The traditionally backpacker-oriented "Lost Iguana" is part hotel and part summer camp. It hasn't forgotten its roots, but has upgraded some of its offerings, which range from simple to splendid. The restaurant ($) serves up good family-style meals, and the dormitory rooms can hold up to eight of your traveling companions. For a bit more privacy, choose one of the stone-floor, thatch-roof bungalows—each has its own balcony—lit with kerosene lamps. (Even the nicer rooms

are a good value.) Guests tend to be fairly young—most come for scuba-diving courses. You can also choose between Spanish, art, or weaving classes, too. Stop by for the Saturday-night barbecue, even if you aren't staying here.

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Santa Cruz La Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, 07014, Guatemala


/5706–4117; /7762–2621-in Panajachel

Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 14 rooms, 3 cabins, 2 dormitory rooms

Updated 12/31/1969

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Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

By Ray

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jul 25, 2005

No Lights Are On, But Everyone's Home

Having gone there to spend only a couple of days, we ended up staying for 16! We even got engaged on the dance floor on New Years Eve! The Saturday night BBQ's are the best night(s) you will have there!

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