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Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Tortugal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sacramento, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my stay at Tortugal a couple of weeks ago. I stayed in the Casita Elegante and it was a very beautiful room, with a wrap around porch, quiet and peaceful. During my 4 night stay, a local orange and white tabby kitten "adopted" me. I was told he was from the finca above the hotel and his... More

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Katoomba
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76 reviews 76 reviews
11 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We stayed here two nights whilst on a tour. We stayed in cuarto 1 which was well equipped with two bedrooms and bathroom. It was very clean and the use of mesh for the top part of the walls instead of timber allowed a breeze to cool us and good natural light. From the moment we arrived we fell in... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Stayed at this location with a tour group. Arrived by boat and immediately loved the look of this place with its natural feel. The place is very popular with yachts and other boats from around the world, which are moored at this location, as it is right on the river. Walking down the wooden boardwalk style paths gives you an... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

Thank you for a very comprehensive review of The Nature House which is Guatemallan Oriental in style overlooking the Rio Dulce. An elevated deck allows views of the Rio Dulce although the property is well set back and very private. As the review states, the rooms are screened in areas that sleep one, two or three persons and up to... More

Guatemala City, Guatemala
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Some friends and I were on our way to Petén but wanted to stay one night around Río Dulce at an affordable hotel-hostal as we had our budget used in an all inclusive hotel around Tikal. We stayed at "El Ranchito" room that is not a real room but as the Tortugal site states it is an open air accommodation.... More

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iingua, Manager at Tortugal, responded to this review

The Ranchito experience is one of sleeping in your grandparents attic (if you had that opportunity as a child....I did!) Breezes flow through this setting overlooking the Rio Dulce. The prices are very reasonable...within reach of most backpackers. Thank you for writing about your experience in The Ranchito and I wish you continued journeys. More

Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This place is so nice, clean, amazing staff, GREAT food, exceptional place. The Casita Elegante was really nice cozy and you can really you are in the jungle..... if you visit this awesome place dont forget to have a taste of their famous honey barbecue chicken pizza.. WOOOWW!!!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Spotlessly clean thatched-roof bamboo cabins, a fun on-river restaurant and shallow swimming areas on the banks of the river. We loved our stay here, and our kids were delighted with the "treehouse in the jungle" feel of our bungalows. Hot water (at night, not so much in the mornings), kayaks for use of patrons, friendly and helpful staff (one even... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. So happy you enjoyed the Bungalows, which have a full on bath tub, by the way. Not too many places offer this and it can be a welcome feature. More

Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This place is so peaceful, the staff very friendly and professional. I keep accidentally dropping my sunglasses in the river and Ricardo twice dove in to retrieve it. I offered to pay him but he refused my money. Manuel, who speaks excellent english is full of information from hotels in the city to dependable taxi drivers. You can ask him... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

What a lovely surprise! Most reviews rarely mention the individuals who work here and who are so fantastic. Not much is written about Guatemallans and they deserve to be written about. They are the hardest working people I have ever had the privilege to know and to work with. They humble me. The morality is incredible. Thank you so much... More

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

we ended up staying in the 'dorm style' accommodation (and were lucky enough to have it to ourselves during our stay!) as this was honestly our favourite because of the closeness of the water - ie building is built right above water and is kept open which allows a lovely breeze to flow through day and night. I had the... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

Thanks for mentioning the Ranchito which is sort of like an old fashioned attic space but each bed has its own dormer. It is totally open, not even screens but there are mosquito nets and lovely views and a cosy setting overall. It was also helpful to mention the free shuttles which we run periodically during the day and there... More

Mexico City, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We had the chance to spend 3 nights at the Tortugal, and booked it at the very last minute. The bungalows were awesome, so as the Cuartos. I really appreciated the jungle noises during the night, knowing you're covered with mosquito net, unlike in other places. We could use the kayak for free until the Castillo San Felipe which was... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

You said it all. Tortugal is a peaceful and relaxing place and there are jungle noises. We have a tremendous assortment of nocturnal animals (which means you might not see them unless you bring night vision goggles) including micoleon (kinkajou), small and large sloth, anteaters (one got on one of our clients boats in the marina). Tortugal is a mixture... More

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is an excellent hotel, very reasonably priced and with fantastic staff, all very friendly and accomodating. We would especially like to mention Vale, who went above and beyond the call of normal service many times for us, and for whom we cannot say enough great things. The owner was also very friendly and made sure that all of our... More

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iingua, Owner at Tortugal, responded to this review

Very much appreciated your very nice review. Especially for mentioning Vale, and the good food. More

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Address: Rio Dulce, Guatemala
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Location: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Tortugal Guatemala/Rio Dulce

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Tortugal is your little piece of paradise at the edge of Guatemala, set 22 miles across the mountains from the Caribbean Ocean. We are firmly out of reach from hurricanes, and yet Belize, Honduras and Mexico are just a short sail away.Tortugal is a welcoming and tranquil place where your worries float down river. All of our guests will find our lodgings elegantly simple, comfortable, clean and graciously quiet. Our hotel prices will fit all budgets, from a single bed in our hostel to an entire home for rent by the day, week or month.We have a wonderful restaurant/bar at the edge of the river. Homemade food made fresh every day. Adventures abound: from kayaking and swimming on the river, to exploring local caves and geo-thermal waterfalls.The Rio Dulce region is located on La Ruta Maya, the an ancient Mayan pathway. By land one can travel easily by bus to most anywhere in Central America and Mexico. Rio Dulce is just 45 minutes away from the border of Honduras at Los Encuentros, and 4/12 hours away from all of the following: The Mexican border just below Palenque; San Ignacio, Belize; and the fabulous ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala or Copan just across the border in Honduras. ... more   less 
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