First of all, the obvious question here is what is Tikal and why would anyone want to stay near this place? Tikal is a huge archaeological site in the Guatemalan department of Peten, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. It will probably help also to know that Tikal was one of the largest and most important cities of the Maya Empire, and that is definitely not so crowded as the famous Chichen Itza and other Maya sites. It was inhabited between 600 BC and 1000 AD, and was discovered in 1848.
If you want to visit Tikal, discover its fascinating attractions, and see archaeologists bringing to surface new structures, here are the best hotels to stay near Tikal, Guatemala:
Jaguar Inn is set right on the territory of Tikal National Park, so tourists will get to the ruins in less than 10 minutes. Surrounded by jungle and a variety of wildlife, this inn is a great setting for embracing the mysterious vibe of Maya civilization. It has 13 bungalows, each of them equipped with a ceiling fan, electricity, hot water and a private bathroom. The on-site restaurant serves traditional and international cuisine. The inn provides free Wi-Fi, private transfers and parking, and offers a variety of tours.
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Set in an idyllic natural decor, on the shores of Lago Peten Itza, this hotel charms its guests with lake view accommodations and plenty of touristic adventures. Guests are invited to take part in various activities, from tours of the Tikal ruins and visits to the Cerro Cahui Natural Reserve to sailing and kayaking. The Tikal National Park is located just 45 minutes away from the hotel.
Rooms are fitted with air conditioning, private bathroom, mini-bar, cable TV, telephone and safety deposit box, and enjoy an elegant and modern setting. Visitors can have their meal at Ceibal restaurant or in the comfort of their room, and relax at the pool, hot tub or a traditional Mayan sauna, situated on the shores of the lake.
Las Lagunas Hotel
An oasis of relaxation situated in the heart of the Maya world, Las Lagunas Hotel is only minutes away from the Tikal, Uaxactun and Yaxha ruins. Nestled in the undomesticated rainforest of Peten, this property covers an area of 200 acres and welcomes guests with 17 elegant suites that offer views of the Quexil Lagoon, and are equipped with luxurious amenities such as Jacuzzi, satellite TV, iPod docks, cascade showers and air conditioning. The hotel organizes a variety of tours, such as day tours at Tikal National Park, Yaxha Park and Monkey Island, and adventure activities like bird-watching, trekking, kayaking and 4 x 4 ATV rides.
La Lancha is a boutique hotel that offers an intimate and relaxing setting for a fabulous vacation in the rainforest situated high above the shores of Lago Peten Itza. This 10-room lodge is decorate with artwork and furniture from Bali, while the fabrics and carvings originate from Guatemala. The hotel welcomes guests with two types of accommodations, each type being equipped with standard facilities such as a private bathroom, local furniture, queen-size beds, air conditioning, wireless internet access, bathrobes, handmade toiletries, and a deck with hammocks and plush chairs. The on-site open-air restaurant offers traditional Guatemalan dishes such as Chilaquiles and Suban Ik, and if you want to relax while sipping an exotic cocktail, you should head to the rooftop bar situated above the restaurant.
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There are plenty of fun activities to do during your stay at La Lancha, such as swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and evening taking part in Spanish language classes. The hotel organizes also impressive tours, like Lago Peten Itza and Flores Tour, Ixpanpajul Skyway by boat, and of course, a tour of Tikal ruins.
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