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.
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.
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.
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.
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 climbs on the boat and tag along for a short ride.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.