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La Lancha

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Peaceful and romantic lodge owned by Francis Ford Coppola, with colourful décor inspired by indigenous culture and outdoor areas where nature is allowed to take precedence.

One of film director Francis Ford Coppola's trio of unique properties in Belize and Guatemala, La Lancha overlooks Lake Petén Itzá in the lowland jungle just 20 minutes' drive from the archaeological masterpiece that is Tikal. It is an excellent, romantic choice for couples and honeymooners.

There are just ten rooms and suites, each brightly decorated with indigenous artefacts and warm textiles that compliment the solid carved wooden furniture. Each has access to a decked outdoor area, perfect for appreciating the tranquillity of the lake and surrounding forest.

The main lodge, with its steep thatched roof, is where you'll take your breakfast to a chorus of tropical birds or sip a cocktail at sunset. You can take walks or boat trips from the lodge, canoe or kayak on the lake, or adventure along a canopy walkway to observe the bird life. Later, cool off with a plunge into the garden-shrouded pool or relax on a lounger.

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What our clients say

  • A lovely place, but quite a trek down a bumpy road to get anywhere. Still worth it once you are there but any trips you take involve this journey which…

    LM Reading
  • "Fantastic - really special hotel and a wonderful place. Loved this."

    JY,London
  • "Another fantastic hotel! We enjoyed dining outdoors under the thatch roof. Howler monkeys woke us at 4am....a real experience. Canoes were available and we paddled towards town. Bird watching at…

    FB, London
  • "What a place!!! Our son's name was known by all staff before we even checked in. Such a personal touch. The rooms and view are to die for. The staff…

    CS, Richmond
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Our Expert's Opinion

We absolutely loved his place. It is rustic, but really well presented and offers a fantastic experience, getting up close to nature. We recommended the lodge for families but also adventurous couples, friends and individuals. The location is brilliant both for its beauty and the fact that it is just five minutes from the entrance to Corcovado National Park.

Hannah
Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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