La Lancha is set high on a jungle-clad bluff, overlooking the jade colored waters of Lake Peten Itza. It’s less than an hour’s drive away from the magnificent Mayan citadel of Tikal and other, less well known sites from the Maya Classic Period such as Yaxha (location for the “Survivor” series), Ceibal and Uaxactun are all accessible by day tour from La Lancha. A short bicycle ride away from La Lancha is the Cerro Cahui nature reserve. A short drive takes you to the amazing “skyway” network of six suspension bridges and forest trails winding through the towering forests of a recently created nature preserve. It’s also fun to tour Lake Peten Itza in the resort’s new, four-passenger boat, stopping at small lakeside villages, taking refreshing swims and exploring the narrow cobbled streets of the island town of Flores. Flores is rich in history and you can walk the narrow streets, visit colonial era churches and enjoy bargaining for artisan crafts such as hand-woven textiles, carved wooden masks, jewelry and woven basket ware. La Lancha has also recently re-styled all its rooms using antique hand woven Mayan textiles from the highlands and colonial period furniture. Writing desks and comfortable sofas have also been added for the convenience of guests. The lively restaurant and bar is linked with a new walkway winding down through lush tropical forest to the lakeside swimming pavilion. Onsite birding and nature specialists are on hand to conduct guided tours of the property at dawn and dusk, and kayaks and mountain bikes are available for guests.

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