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Punta de Chimino Laguna Petexbatún, Sayaxche 17010 Guatemala
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Punta de Chimino Laguna Petexbatún, Sayaxche 17010 Guatemala
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Diane S wrote a review Aug 12
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We traveled by boat to discover this unique, preserved, lodge immersed in the jungle. If you love sleeping in the wild, GLAMPING with great beds and showers, kayaking around the peninsula, visit the ruins nearby (AGUATECA - Fabulous), you will be greeted by a friendly staff, eat very good food especially steamed fish and soups and much more Congratulations for keeping this place up and running
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frank H wrote a review Jan 2022
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Really friendly owners. They took good care of us. We found some good rest, amongst the monkeys and other animals of the jungle. We Saw lots of animals and we enjoyed the boat trips, watching the sunset from the lake, looking at maya ruins and the food they served us. Definitely a stay tool remember.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Watch the sunset from the lake with the owner was real nice. The maya ruins are not that special,...
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Savvyadventure wrote a review Jan 2019
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I had an amazing time at Chiminos. I loved the river journey, the breathtaking scenery, the kind hospitality and the Aguateca ruins. The food was simple but it all tasted great, and there was plenty of it. I’ve travelled extensively and the views from the cabins and the river were exceptional. I’ve visited many ruins in Guatemala and Mexico but the setting of Aguateca is different- it’s rugged yet accessible, excavated but beautifully overgrown,it’s totally isolated and it’s unlikely you’ll find any other tourists there! If this is your thing, be sure to make the trip. I don’t think the three of us had any real complaints over three days- we loved having our own boatman, we enjoyed seeing crocodiles and many beautiful birds, and felt well looked after at the lodge. We also visited Crater azul which was far, but cool, glad we went. Yes, the lodge could use some investment in repairs and TLC on the bridges to get to the rooms, the bathroom off the kitchen and a couple other things, and I sincerely hope the owners make it because this is a spectacular place that I hope stays around for many years to come. Still, these elements were part of the special charm of the whole experience. I highly recommend Chiminos!
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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KathyG0303 wrote a review Nov 2018
London, United Kingdom15 contributions2 helpful votes
Wonderful friendly hospitality provided by Alejandro and team. The place is on the laguna completely off the beaten track and only accessible by 1 hour boat trip but well worth it. Great home-cooked food with lots of local fresh fruit and veg. We explored Aguateca and then kayaked at sunset. Our huge bungalow looked across the Laguna. Bliss!
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Mycklane wrote a review Jan 2018
Paris, France143 contributions68 helpful votes
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A hostel experience in the jungle in the middle of the monkeys and the Mayan site of Chiminos not to miss. The service is friendly. Perfect to visit the Mayan sites of ceibal and aguateca. I recommend it
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MADPhilOxon wrote a review Jan 2018
Reading, United Kingdom91 contributions127 helpful votes
I stayed here for one night together with my guide and our boatman (all in different bungalows) whilst visiting the nearby Mayan sites of Aguateca and El Ceibal. The lodge is accessible only by boat from Sayaxché along a tributary of the Río la Pasión. This establishment will divide opinion. If you are a ‘jungle junkie’ who enjoys listening to ‘the sounds of the jungle’ in an isolated location and who does not mind basic accommodation, this is the place for you. My most important advice would be “Bring a torch (flashlight) or some other form of artificial illumination”. If, however, you prefer to stay in comfortable hotels in an insect-free environment, then stay away! My guide told me that, on several occasions, his clients had simply refused to stay here and had demanded to be taken back to the Flores area. My wife was supposed to accompany me on this excursion but was forced to remain in Flores because of illness. She would have been one who insisted on being taken back to Flores. The lodge is located on a promontory protruding into Lake Petexbatún, so is or was an artificial island. It is where the Mayan elite from Aguateca were able to separate themselves temporarily from the general populace. They achieved this by excavating a channel across the isthmus to render the ‘island’ less accessible. In other words, it was a Mayan version of Mustique in the Caribbean. There is an unexcavated Mayan site here with a clearly identifiable ball court. Accommodation is in separated thatched bungalows. I stayed in bungalow 2 which, as well as a king-sized bed, had three additional single beds. The property's web site shows a faithful representation of the inside and outside of the bungalows. There is no WiFi. First, the positives. The establishment is very remote and peaceful, and has good views across Lake Petexbatún. The staff (of whom I believe there are four) are exceptionally friendly and accommodating. The establishment is clean and tidy. The food is good. Meals are taken in the open restaurant next to the cooking area and overlooking the lake. For dinner, my guide and I had squash soup and fresh fish (carp?) from the lake. However, if you need your creature comforts, you may not enjoy your stay here. The bungalows do not have windows as such, just mosquito screens in place of glass. There are no curtains. Electrical power is provided by a generator and is only available for three separate 2-3 hour periods per day. The electrical wiring of the bungalows looks somewhat suspect. I did not succeed in having a shower which was completely warm for its entirety. Lights were extinguished at about 21:30 for the 'curfew'. Paths are illuminated until the generator is switched off. You do get a warning that the electrical supply is about to be switched off. The lights go out, come back on briefly and then complete darkness. Fortunately (and unusually, I believe), there were no mosquitoes when I was there – it was too cold. I needed to make use of the three additional blankets in my room. I continued to read my Kindle after ‘lights out’. My Kindle showed that there was a significant variety of insect life in the room. The bug population was attracted by its light! In summary, I quite liked the place but just for one night. Would I return even if I did return to Guatemala? Probably not. My main motive for staying here was to visit Aguateca and El Ceibal, and I have now achieved this.
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Willem S wrote a review Mar 2017
Maastricht55 contributions40 helpful votes
In some places a brush of paint does more harm than good. Yes, the lodge is not upto modern day standards, but it would loose all of its charm if it were! Slightly more than an hour by boat from Sayaxche you travel back in time to the days when explorers discovered ruined temples in the jungle. The boatride itself is a true experience. Do not tell anyone, one day they might consider making you pay extra.There howler monkeys haven't been scared away by heavy traffic noise, the cabins themselves are still hidden in untouched tropical forest. All have riverview. Fishermen come by in the morning to sell the catch of the day to the cook. Walk around the island and feel enchanted. We loved every minute! Regrettably we were not aware ( and did not have enough time) of the possibility to visit the Mayansite of Aquateca a short boattrip from the lodge. The staff could not have been nicer. So was the boatsman.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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Ronald S wrote a review Feb 2017
IJsselstein, The Netherlands37 contributions5 helpful votes
When you take the boat from Sayaxche to this fine Island, you feel the jungle and that you are back to nature. You will be welcomed in a warm way by the staff, every time again. Their hospitality is great, even as the food, which is excellent cuisine. Very special are all the noises from the forest, and unforgettable is to see monkeys in the trees, jumping like Tarzan, sometimes with low and clear sounds. All the lodges have nice remote locations with good views around. Make your stay better with a trip to Dos Pillas with a guide: this is a real jungle adventure of 6 hours, just like in a movie as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Take a boat with a guide to Aguateca, hike the long trail to the Mirador and climb through the gorges, by finally visiting the stunning remains of the Mayan village. This is an unforgettable experience, better then a movie or a book.
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Date of stay: February 2017
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LeisureZootLarry wrote a review Feb 2017
Edmonton, Canada49 contributions54 helpful votes
I had a great experience at Chiminos Lodge! Hospitality simply wonderful and the food was excellent. Mynor, the owner, had arranged ahead for me to be picked-up at Flores airport and transported to Sayaxche. The boatman was there to meet me and off we went by boat to Chiminos. Did 2 day trips, Aquateca and Dos Pilas, which also were arranged by Mynor. I definitely would recommend the Aquateca boat trip. I loved seeing Dos Pilas but it does require a 3 hour hike in and a 3 hour hike out. Both day trips required access via boat which added to the experience. Chiminos Island Lodge is a great experience that I would heartily recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Mrs Daisy wrote a review Mar 2016
Vancouver, Canada154 contributions91 helpful votes
Yes this lodge is remote and accessible only by boat --- but it needs major capital expenditures to bring it up to modern day standards. Trails to cabin need improving, leveling, lighting on trails needs to be redone and wires hidden, landscaping is non existent so you have all the jungle deadfall along the path. Cabin had gap in floor, repaired mosquito wire, bugs in bed, paint on mirror, terrible lighting. Bathroom was set so it blocked much of the river view and made the back of the cabin - that is inadequately lit, even darker. Absolutley do not recommend. Food was very good and fresh and the staff were wonderful. The owners need to put some money into this property for the prices charged.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chimino's Island Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Chimino's Island Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Aguateca (1.4 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Chimino's Island Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.