We arrived in Flores after a long overnight bus ride beginning in Antigua and wanted to spend the night in Tikal. I'd been told no advance reservations were possible and we wanted to stay at the Jaguar Inn. After taking the 7AM shuttle to Tikal we found the Jaguar Inn was full and went over to the Jungle Lodge. They had a room immediately available and gave us an off-season rate that was pretty much the same as the rate at the Jaguar Inn.
We had an attractive, clean bungalow with 2 comfortable double-sized beds, mosquito netting and a large private bathroom. We headed out to go zip-lining just outside the park entrance and on our return the pool was almost behind our unit and we relaxed and swam with spider monkeys above us in the trees. We were prepared for the limited times of electricity so no surprise here.
We woke around 5AM the next morning to the noise of the howler monkeys in the trees above and around our cabin (no need for an alarm here!!) and entered the park at the 6AM opening. Check-out time was late enough that we were able to leave our bags in the room, return and take a cool refreshing dip in the pool and change before checking out.
- 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