7 Ways To Enjoy The Guatemalan Jungle At Las Lagunas Hotel 

Located just minutes from the city of Santa Elena and the island of Flores in Guatemala, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is the perfect place to stay when visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.

Las Lagunas hotel Guatemala

Set in the rainforest, on the shores of a small lagoon, and surrounded by hundreds of acres of a private natural reserve, Las Lagunas combines a sense of tranquility. It has a connection with nature with all the comforts you would expect from a five-star hotel. As a result, the location provides a wide range of activities and adventure options.

Here are 7 ways you can enjoy the Guatemalan Jungle at Las Lagunas hotel.

walkway along the jungle at Las Lagunas hotel Guatemala

1. Bird Watching.

The area is home to a wide range of beautiful birds. You will have no trouble spotting many of them, especially around the lagoons. So grab your binoculars or birding camera and keep your eyes on the tree branches as you walk along the jungle paths.

birds of Guatemala's Peten region
Some of the birds in the Guatemalan Peten region. Fiery-billed Aracari (a type of toucan), a great egret and a bananaquit. Photo by Paula Bendfeldt-Dias, all rights reserved.

I encountered all sorts of exotic birds. From loud and bright-colored parrots flying in flocks over the rainforest canopy to toucans and lots of egrets and other water birds along the banks of the lagoon.

spider monkey with baby at Las Lagunas hotel

2. Take a Boat Tour and Visit the Monkey Islands.

The lagoon is dotted with a handful of islets, small masses of lush green forest that seem to float on the water. Two of the islets are inhabited by rescued spider monkeys. During the daily boat tour, you can stop to feed them. Don’t be surprised if one or two climb on the boat and tag along for a short ride.

spider monkeys at Las Lagunas hotel Guatemala

3. Go Kayaking in the Lagoon. 

Las Lagunas provides kayaks you can take out into the lagoon. It’s a great way to exercise as you explore the beauty of the lake. Plus, you’ll get a great vantage point for watching the jungle from the water.

4. Get a Relaxing massage Surrounded by the Beauty of the Jungle.

A thick rainforest surrounds The Las Lagunas spa. The big windows in many of the rooms visually bring natural beauty to the space. For example, the massage rooms feature huge windows overlooking the rainforest. It makes you feel as if you are getting a massage surrounded by the jungle.

spa at Las Lagunas Hotel in Guatemala

5. Take an ATV Tour of the Natural Reserve.

Every afternoon you can take a 4×4 ATV tour of the private nature reserve that surrounds the hotel. The free tour included with your stay lasts about an hour and a half. You will visit a wide array of rescued animals that now call Las Lagunas home. We saw deer, a gorgeous Jaguar, dantas or tapirs, wild turkeys, ocelots, wild boars, and a great variety of wild birds.

Animals at Las Lagunas hotel's natural reserve

6. Go For a Trek in the Jungle.

There are various paths around the hotel. You can go trekking in the jungle and enjoy the beautiful vegetation and scenery at any time.

Las Lagunas hotel

7. Experience the Jungle Waking Up. 

There is nothing like watching the sun rise over the lagoon from behind the thick jungle canopy and listening as the rainforests wake up. All you have to do is step out into your private covered terrace. I am an early riser, so I headed to the pool area and sat on one of the beach chairs. I enjoyed a symphony of sounds, from parakeets to howler monkeys rejoiced with the first rays of sunlight.

Sunrise at Las Lagunas Hotel

You can also check out the video below. The symphony of sounds as the jungle creatures wake up and welcome the day is pretty amazing.

With its beautiful lakeshore setting, relaxed ambiance, and proximity to the lost Mayan cities, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is the ideal place to enjoy the beauty of the Guatemalan rainforest. It is a great starting point for enjoying the many adventures the Petén region offers, like the magnificent Yaxha ruins.

In addition, here is a guide to visiting Tikal that includes everything you need to know before seeing the most spectacular Mayan ruins in the world. 

This boutique hotel really left an impression on me with its secluded jungle setting. If you haven’t already, read all about my experience at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel right HERE.

7 Ways To Enjoy The Guatemalan Jungle At Las Lagunas Hotel 

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

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18 thoughts on “7 Ways To Enjoy The Guatemalan Jungle At Las Lagunas Hotel ”

  1. Okay, I’m ready to go! All of those things sound like so much fun! I’ve never been out of North America! I think the only thing that would get to me are the large bugs I’d be sure to encounter lol.

  2. Guatemalan is on our bucket list. I know it is a beautiful country and there are many wonderful people in that country. We have had several friends who have visited and had a wonderful time.

  3. I would love to take a boat tour and see the monkey islands! Guatemala is actually on my bucket list of places to see before I die.

  4. What stunning photos! We’ve never thought about going to Guatemala .. but maybe we should. The country looks beautiful .. and it would be fun to see all of the wildlife

  5. Oh wow. That is a beautiful place for a relaxing getaway. I love being in a place surrounded by nature’s beauty, not in crowded tourist shopping places. I have not been to Guatemala before but I would include this in my bucket list!

  6. These are all great ways to enjoy Guatemalan Jungle at Las Lagunas hotel. I would never have thought to visit a jungle but I think we would really enjoy this place. The Las Lagunas spa and the boat tour to Money Island would be so much fun. Thanks for sharing the ideas and your experience.

  7. Wow that sounds so amazing. I would enjoy bird watching and the trip to the monkey islands. The Las Lagunas spa will be a great experience too. Thanks for sharing the experience.

  8. The Guatemalan Jungle looks like such a fun place to explore! I would LOVE to visit the Monkey Islands someday, monkeys are my favorite animals.


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