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.
Santa Cruz La Laguna, Santa Cruz La Laguna, 07014, Guatemala
/5706–4117; /7762–2621-in Panajachel
Jul 25, 2005
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!