Probably the best value we experienced in over 3 weeks in Guatemala. Right on the river, only minutes from the awfulness of downtown Fronteras but a world away in terms of where you want to be.
After a long and vile journey from Xela to Rio Dulce we were just about all in when "Rhum" from the Tortugal picked us up at the public dock and whisked us away to the tranquility and comfort of the "La Casita Elegante" in minutes.
Our accommodation was beautifully appointed and equipped with all we could ask for; hot water "rain" shower, somewhere to store our clothes (not always a given in Guatemala) and, best of all, a lovely comfy king size bed. Everything we needed to recover from a week of volcano climbing and that awful journey.
If I have any reservation at all it would be the slightly prickly "Manuel" on reception who needs to be aware that one shouldn't be snippy with those who're paying your salary. They don't call this a "service industry" for no reason old son!
Other than this, everything perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tortugal is an oasis of tranquillity, hospitality and unparalleled nature on the largest river and lake system in Guatemala, 22 miles inland from Livingston and the Caribbean Ocean. If you have been travelling to or from Guatemala to Tikal or Belize, Tortugal is a great stopping place for a day or so to rest and relax as though you were at home. Trips to Livingston or the soothing and therapeutic hot waterfalls at Finca Paraiso, excellent massage service can be arranged. Rooms at Tortugal are said to be the most beautiful in this region and are furnished and decorated with your comfort and relaxation in mind. Several options in accomodations include a private lodge for up to 9 persons to elegantly decorated private rooms and bungalows for one to four persons. You will arrive by water to Tortugal's welcoming restaurant built over the river to offer panoramic views of what is happening on the river from sunrise over San Gil to Castillo San Felipe. Homemade food includes many vegetarian choices, steaks, seafood, Mexican, Asian cuisine, homemade with love. The Rio Dulce region is part of La Ruta Maya, the ancient Mayan road. You can dive and swim in the clean water of Rio Dulce here. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tortugal River Lodge Guatemala/Rio Dulce