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Hotel Finca Tatin
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Livingston
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“The perfect oasis to relax in the midst of the beautiful jungle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Best but also most expensive room is "Pelicano". It is the biggest one of the water-front...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

I have been addicted to this place since the first time i went there, they have been always helpful, friendly, the cleaning of the rooms has been great, we have to understand this place is located in the tropical jungle and of course you might find a spider or a gecko hanging out in your room:) But remember we are the ones are invading their space... And also I love the fact is a river front place. Is a great place to relax, to meet new friends, to chill heard the sound the tropical rain forest in Guatemala, the location of the place also let you do easy connections to Honduras and Belize! Talk to Carlos or Gaby they are amazing friendly people! And is always a chance to volunteer there and get some more knowledge about Guatemala! I highly recommend this place for adventurer people, for people has open mind and also ready to leave your comfort zone...

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Finca Tatin was a great place to slip away for a few days. With sparse electricity and internet, it forced me off my computer and away from work, after which I was delighted to soak in the place. Set in the midst of lush jungle, along the bio-diverse Rio Dulce, there are plenty of hikes, great spots for swimming, and a fleet of kayaks to take advantage of. The restaurant was simple but delicious with an obvious leaning towards the available fresh ingredients. At night, dinners are family-style and always start of with a bowl of soup and handmade tortillas with an awesome chimichurri sauce. Cold beer available, nice cocktails, great communal area, friendly staff, and nice adventures all around. For more, check out my article on Buckettripper.com: http://www.buckettripper.com/on-the-river-at-finca-tatin-in-guatemala/

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Absolutely fantastic. Theres something to be said for being out in the jungle only accessable by boat. Its something you dream of. Great food. Great company. Spent a little more than we should have but hands down our favourite place in our 1.5 month adventure. No regreats. only smiles.

Family run and operated.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Hotel finca tatin is a well kept, family owned hotel. I have been back several times, and i love it more and more. They have these really cool rooms, were each room is it's own building. You spend your whole time in the jungle, and it has a great mix between nature and modern apliances. The food is great, and the staff is super freindly, and I have never felt like they dont meet my needs. I recomend this for any one, and everyone. the place is super safe.

Room Tip: It's always a good idea to call before to make a reservation, but the room called Pelicano is th...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Antigua, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Finca Tatin is a really nice place with great owners !
It is a unique place in the middle of the jungle.
The rooms for two with shared bathrooms are ok but those with private bathroom on the Rio Dulce look great.
Dinner in common at night, perfect to meet people from all over the world.
Common area is great with hammocks and sofas.
The Rio got the perfect temperature for swimming !

Room Tip: Room on the rio are more expensive but more fresh than room in the middle of the jungle.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

A very peaceful place to stay right between river and jungle. The whole experience is very laid back. There is plenty to see and do - hiking, kayaking, swimming or just chilling on a hammock. At dinner we all sit down together to catch up with fellow travellers. It does you good to switch off from the outside world and become one with nature.
Big thumbs up to Gaby, Carlos and the team!!!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Property: Hotel Finca Tatin
Address: Rio Tatin, Barra de Lampara | Puerto Barrios, Livingston, Rio Dulce 18002, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Izabal Department > Rio Dulce > Livingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Livingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
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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