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The Mayan ruins at Tikal and Yaxha require long days of exploring, so a relaxing hotel is in order afterwards, and the best in the region is La Lancha,
La Lancha, is one of Francis Ford Coppola's resorts, overlooking the beautiful Lake Petén Itzá.
Accommodation consists of a series of thatched cottages, set in the rainforest or by the lake, and connected to the main lodge by winding paths through gardens full of tropical vegetation, parrots and toucans.
Soak in the pool and drink cocktails in the courtyard whilst watching the resident family of howler monkeys in the trees above, and enjoy delicious local Guatemalan/Italian cuisine washed down with Coppola's wine list at the restaurant. If you still have the energy, you can go swimming, canoeing or fishing in the lake.
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