Living and working in Ak' Tenamit, an NGO close to Finca Tatin, I've been here countless times and still keep on going back for more :)
The hotel itself is located on Rio Tatin which is a a small sidearm of the Rio Dulce. Any boat between Rio Dulce and Livingston will drop you off directly at their dock but if you call Finca Tatin a day before your arrival you can check with them as they have their own boats and can pick you up in Livingston and (depending on the group size) in Rio Dulce.
It is built directly into the jungle, all the bungalows (waterfront or deeper jungle) and communal buildings are connected by cemented or wooden dock-like walkways and all of them have moskito nets. As said in previous entries - it is actually as "in the jungle" as it can be so there might be a spider or a cockroach in the room once every while - don't freak out as they will help you get rid of them :)
My favorite thing about Finca Tatin is the ropeswing from the dock into the river, the perfect refreshment for the humid jungle climate. Don't worry, you won't find any weird animals or parasites hunting and biting you in the river - it is freshwater and perfectly safe to swim in.
Another highlight is their family style dinner they serve every night which is prepared by their cook, Wilmer. If you're staying there for longer than one night, challenge him for a tabletop football match and try to convince him to cook his eggplant parimigiano for the next dinner - it is amazing! Another special are the flower tortillas with the amazing herb-chimichurri sauce they serve as a starter before every dinner.
Tripwise there is plenty to do and discover around the finca, most people I met there ended up staying one or two days more than anticipated - so my recommendation is definitely to stay more than one night.
By foot you can:
- Walk to Livingston (nice jungle walk) - about 4-5h, from there you can take a Finca Tatin boat back
- Visit the nearby NGO Ak' Tenamit who run a rural health clinic and a secondary school, serving the rural communities in the surrounding area. On their school site they are prepared for visitors and have students taking turns showing them around the school and the surrounding jungle nature trail. Support them by stopping by their small Handicrafts store.
- Visit the Tigers Cave, a local community tourism project, walking through one of the mayan villages to a cave that, with the help of (safe!) ladders and ropes you can descend into the beautiful and fresh water in the cave.
By Kayak you can:
- Visit the Lampara Cascades, on the way enjoying kayaking on the picturesque Rio Lampara, exploring its small sidearms and responding the shouted "Hola's" and "Como te llama's" with the children living alongside the river.
- Visit the hot springs a little bit further up the Rio Dulce, another community tourism project, where you can bathe in the river and enjoy the hot water coming out of the rocks beside the river.
- Kayak downstream to Livingston through the most beautiful part of the river, the canyon. Its best to do this in the early morning when there is still some fog hanging on top of the canyion - majestic! The Finca Tatin boat will bring you and your kayak back upstream.
If you are travelling in between Rio Dulce and Livingston - don't miss out on staying in this amazing area, seeing how the Q'ecqchi Maya live along the river and hang out on the dock!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca Tatin is a hotel in the jungle, unique for it`s surroundings, and the simple and friendly atmosphere within.Owned by argentinian-italian globber trotter Carlos Simonini.Our place is special because we live in harmony with Nature; respect and protect the biodiversity while we work and live in the Rain Forest.How do we respect nature?If you look for a simple, relaxed time, good food, excellent company, wonderful places to explore, “FINCA TATIN IS YOUR DESTINATION”!Where is the Finca Tatin?Finca Tatin is on the Rio Tatin, a branch of the Rio Dulce. We are 20minutos boat from Livingston, the Caribbean Garifuna people, and 45 minutes by boat from Fronteras (Rio Dulce) .. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Tatin Livingston
- Hotel Finca Tatin Guatemala/Livingston