My family and I have visited Flores and Tikal region of Guatemala several times. We usually end up staying in some hotel in Flores, which is an adorable, colorful village on Lake Peten Itza about 45 minutes from Tikal Maya Ruins. This time I felt like it was time for a change. I have heard of El Remate, which is also on the lake, but offers a completely different layout. Here most of the hotels are hidden in the jungle.
After some research about the area I noticed that Gringo Perdido kept popping up. The website said that it was only three kilometers away from El Remate town and right on the lake itself with private docks.
It looked great! But what caught my eye was Piramide Paraiso, a recently added addition to the eco lodge which was pure luxury – my kind of eco experience.
Don’t get me wrong, I love jungles and tropical forests but I also love luxury accommodations.
Did I mention that they have a private porch with a jacuzzi?
Enjoying El Remate Guatemala and Gringo Perdido to the Fullest
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Gringo Perdido is much more than a place to spend the night. It is a destination in itself. During our stay in the area we spent most of our time on the hotel grounds.
Sunset and Nightfall on Peten Itza Lake – I don’t think the location of this hotel could have been any better. During the last few months the level of the lake has risen a lot and most of the docks and piers of other hotels have gone completely under. And most of the hotels didn’t bother fixing them. But this was not the case at Gringo Perdido. I was soooo grateful for this – they fixed their docks so that you can sit on them and swim off of them. This made all the difference in the world for us! This was where we spent 50% of our time in the hotel.
We arrived just in time for the sunset.
As soon as my son saw the dock he was dying to get into the crystal clear water. He had some time to jump in before dinner was served.
Meals Included in the Gringo Perdido Package – Delicious!
When you stay at the lodge you get two meals included. A four course dinner and breakfast.
The dinner was really simple but it was that simplicity that made it great. My boys are both picky eaters, but I found a cure to that here: give them no options.
Our basic but delicious dinner included: tomato soup, coleslaw, beef with rice and chocolate cake.
When hunger strikes my boys eat whatever I put in front of them. And if they don’t like it, they still eat it because they have to. I am truly considering this to be my new mode of cooking.
Breakfast was the same.
My boys don’t really like eggs but, since that was the only thing available with plantains and beans, they ate their eggs completely.
As a reward for eating all of their breakfast they got their Swim time with Papa.
Bet You Didn’t Know this About Gringo Perdido
• In 1974 David, a man from the US, visited this remote region several times and fell in love with the place. Rumor has it he was a CIA agent who retired here.
• He was the only foreigner living in the region and the locals started calling him Gringo Perdido – the Lost Gringo.
• He later opened a small hotel using the name the locals had given him: Gringo Perdido.
• Thirty years ago a Guatemalan family bought the property from him.
• Two years ago, after many many years of planning, they finally built and opened the luxury part of the hotel called Piramide Pariaso.
Fun Facts about El Remate and Lake Peten Itza
• El Remate is a small town on the Eastern side of Petén Itza.
• It is the closest town to Tikal National Park.
• It is also close to other archaeological sites like Yaxhá and Biotopo Cerro Cahuí.
• It gained popularity after being used as the filming base of “Survivor Guatemala”.
• Lake Peten Itza is the third largest lake in the country.
• The word Itza can be broken into “itz” which means wizard and á which is a Mayan reference to water. Therefore the lake’s name is “The Wizard of Water”.
Dinner – It is set at a certain hour. But you can request to have it at a different time.
Internet – There isn’t any internet here. So be prepared to be disconnected from the world. There is only one internet shop in the whole town. And it is not good.
It might feel a bit weird but at the same time, it is truly liberating. It allowed us to relax and forget about emails or, even worse, facebooking!