Tikal is what brings most travellers to this pocket of northern Guatemala, but director Francis Ford Coppola's third Central American eco-lodge is reason alone to visit. Tucked into the thick rainforest above the shores of icy-cool Lake Petén Itzá, La Lancha has ten rustic-chic casitas spilling down the steep hillside. With their lake or rainforest views, each one is filled with Mayan artefacts, colourful textiles and Indonesian wood furniture. Some have shared terraces, while the largest have private decks with hammocks and wicker chairs.
Head off on an early-morning tour of the Mayan ruins before returning to a dip in the tiered pool or the lake, reached by a series of serpentine paths. Here, guests can swim, canoe or go out on birdwatching tours. In the evenings, hike back up the hill to the open-air restaurant; the daily changing menu features excellent Guatemalan-Italian cuisine.
On the lake shores of the Peten Lake, kayaks and mountain bikes are available
Restaurant and bar serving Ford Coppola’s own wine with grapes grown in his vineyards
Things to do nearby
Visit the impressive Tikal Ruins
Take a guided bird spotting walk through the forests
Explore the ruins of Caracol over the border in Belize
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