“They say that when David Lean made ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ he was so embedded in the desert that he almost couldn’t bear to leave it. And I had that with the jungle. It is a very misunderstood place. It seems wild and frightening but it is, in fact, a very safe place. You can find what you need, you are protected”.
Francis Ford Coppola

“They say that when David Lean made ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ he was so embedded in the desert that he almost couldn’t bear to leave it. And I had that with the jungle. It is a very misunderstood place. It seems wild and frightening but it is, in fact, a very safe place. You can find what you need, you are protected”.
Francis Ford Coppola

THE HOTEL
La Lancha
A reminder of a lost world, this jungle hideaway is home to howler monkeys and parakeets. The lakeside casitas offer a view – even if shared – of stunning crystal waters from the thick tropical foliage.
THE HOTEL
La Lancha
A reminder of a lost world, this jungle hideaway is home to howler monkeys and parakeets. The lakeside casitas offer a view – even if shared – of stunning crystal waters from the thick tropical foliage.
THE EXPERIENCE
Guatemala
Brightly coloured parakeets and the cries of howler monkeys soon make you realise that La Lancha is in one of the world’s wilder spots.

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With the surrounding jungle being one big exotic aviary, a bird-watching trek is always well rewarded, if fauna’s your thing. Otherwise, relax in your hammock on the private terrace and enjoy spectacular views of the forest canopy and Lago Petén Itzá. Take a plunge in the lake from La Lancha’s private jetty and discover whether the water – as local legend has it – does hold magical, rejuvenating power. For those who prefer to stay dry, travel with guides by boat to San Andrés and Flores, charming towns where you can stroll down quaint cobbled streets and peruse the local arts and crafts shops.

A stay at La Lancha is not complete without a visit to Tikal, the epicentre of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins, which were discovered only 150 years ago, include more than 3,000 structures that have struggled to keep out the ever-encroaching jungle. The site is a true haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and amateur archaeologists, where inner Indiana Jones’s can roam free. Do make the leg-burning ascent to the top of Temple IV, the tallest pre-Colombian structure in the Americas. The distant views over the forest canopy to the peaks of other temples are jaw dropping. For that extra bit of magic, time your arrival for sunrise or sunset and let nature’s palette unfold before you.

Back at the resort, try the temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge that uses copal incense burning to purify mind and body. As the sun begins to set over the lake, enjoy a Guatemalan aged-rum drink at the hotel’s lakefront bar before following the candlelit path to the restaurant. Comfort yourself next to the fire pit as fresh corn tortillas are prepared – served with onions caramelised over the barbeque and local cheese, you won’t stop at just one! And in case you want to bring a bit of Guatemala back home, the hotel will be delighted to arrange fun tortilla-making classes.

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THE EXPERIENCE
Guatemala
Brightly coloured parakeets and the cries of howler monkeys soon make you realise that La Lancha is in one of the world’s wilder spots.

READ MORE

With the surrounding jungle being one big exotic aviary, a bird-watching trek is always well rewarded, if fauna’s your thing. Otherwise, relax in your hammock on the private terrace and enjoy spectacular views of the forest canopy and Lago Petén Itzá. Take a plunge in the lake from La Lancha’s private jetty and discover whether the water – as local legend has it – does hold magical, rejuvenating power. For those who prefer to stay dry, travel with guides by boat to San Andrés and Flores, charming towns where you can stroll down quaint cobbled streets and peruse the local arts and crafts shops.

A stay at La Lancha is not complete without a visit to Tikal, the epicentre of Mayan spirituality. Buried deep within the rainforest, the ruins, which were discovered only 150 years ago, include more than 3,000 structures that have struggled to keep out the ever-encroaching jungle. The site is a true haven for birdwatchers, nature lovers, and amateur archaeologists, where inner Indiana Jones’s can roam free. Do make the leg-burning ascent to the top of Temple IV, the tallest pre-Colombian structure in the Americas. The distant views over the forest canopy to the peaks of other temples are jaw dropping. For that extra bit of magic, time your arrival for sunrise or sunset and let nature’s palette unfold before you.

Back at the resort, try the temazcal, a traditional sweat lodge that uses copal incense burning to purify mind and body. As the sun begins to set over the lake, enjoy a Guatemalan aged-rum drink at the hotel’s lakefront bar before following the candlelit path to the restaurant. Comfort yourself next to the fire pit as fresh corn tortillas are prepared – served with onions caramelised over the barbeque and local cheese, you won’t stop at just one! And in case you want to bring a bit of Guatemala back home, the hotel will be delighted to arrange fun tortilla-making classes.

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