We only stayed a night but wish it could have been longer. Located just a stones throw away from Yaxha Mayan temples, this is a little jungle paradise. Sebas, the owner was really helpful and great to chat to. The room was spacious and covered in mosquito nets. Food and drink at the bar was great. And there is a even a crocodile that hangs out at the dock. Highly recommend.
If you want to visit Yaxha (and you should) then this is the place to stay (in fact I think it is the only place) The rooms were spacious and clean-the food excellent but what sets this place apart is the people working there and just the closeness to nature.A crocodile in the lake (they even had a name for him) loads of birds and both spider and howler monkeys. Also when you live this close you can visit the ruins first thing in the morning-that said though its never really that crowded All in all an excellent experience and so much better that staying in Flores
Why haven’t more Americans discovered this place? When I was there all the other visitors were European, Canadians or Latin Americans. It’s just a stroll from the entrance to Yaxha national park, as interesting as Tikal but with fewer crowds. For birdwatchers this is a world class spot with over 400 species. The lakeside location is gorgeous. You won’t believe the monkeys and the crocodile! Every room has its own hammock, and the shore also has lounging spots. The food is cheap, fresh and delicious, with roots in the owner’s Italian origins. She,Gabriella, is extremely helpful; she set up my tours (Mayan ruins in Yaxha and Topoxte, boat lake tour, and birdwatching; they also offer horseback jungle tours. Friendly convivial atmosphere in the central thatched, open-air restaurant/bar/lounge. I used no cash while there, just paid at the end of the 4th day; in that way it’s like being at an all-inclusive resort. Too rustic to actually be a resort, though: WiFi was intermittent, and even in deluxe cabins with private bathrooms all electricity except one lightbulb turns on at sunset and off at sunrise. So best for travelers who like the rustic Ecolodge vibe. I stayed 3 nights, which seems like a good minimum to enjoy everything. A gem waiting to be discovered by my country-men and -women and their children.…
We stayed here for a night between seeing Tikal and Yaxha. It was a great choice with great service and good food. While we were only there for one night with a few hours of daylight, we got to see lots of wildlife including birds, spider monkeys, foxes, and a ~7 foot croc that came right up to the shore!
This incredible Ecolodge is in the middle of the jungle of the Yax Ha National Park in of a great wildlife , a Laguna with real Crocodiles ( no swim!) ;the Italian owner Gabriella is a wonderful person so she can tell you whatever you want and you need to know about Mayan sites, history and culture, his son Juan Carlos is an excellent guide , for a very cheap price you can organize with him horseback excursions , go with the boat to Topoxte ,visit Tikal and many others attraction! They have an excellent restaurant ! Thanks a lot Gabriella , I ll never forget you , your family and your incredible Ecolodge El Sombrero!