We recently stayed at the Jungle Lodge overnight during our 2 day visit to Tikal. We were informed by our tour guide that this was the best hotel in Tikal - and were NOT disappointed. The rooms were much newer than expected with fresh paint, spotlessly clean and well furnished with spacious, tiled bathrooms. We were informed that, due to diesel generator power, our electicity may go off from 3 to 6 AM - for whatever reason, maybe our judicious use of lighting/electricity during daylight hours, this never happened and we had delightfully hot water and lighting throughout. Contrary to our concerns, the mosquito netting for our bed was fully intact and we had no creepy crawlers in our room after hrs (though we did spray DEET at the door jam for insurance!). Our restaurant food was very good (again, MUCH better than expected) and service at the front office was friendly and always supportive. Though all personel spoke some English, I'm becoming convinced that learning spanish is a practical necessity for optimal travel in Central and South America! Our tour guide (Samuel/Chino) was most informative and mercifully directed us through shaded routes on our 4+ hour walking tour of the Tikal ruins, offered practical insights to mayan culture and even gave us some great tarantula and scorpion handling tips (not that I plan on making this a hobby!!). The Tikal tour was a great "once in a lifetime" experience and the Jungle Lodge afforded us a great refuge from our time in the jungle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1952, the government of Guatemala assigned a piece of land to Mr. Antonio Ortiz Contreras for the construction of a hotel which will help with the logistics of the TIKAL PROJECT, and room and board for the archeologists. This project was supervised by the University of Pennsylvania with the collaboration of many other universities around the world. Form 1956 to 1969, 113 scientists worked in the Tikal Project, making it one of the longest archeological projects in the western hemisphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jungle Hotel Tikal National Park