Hotel Q'ana Itz'am/ Lagunita Salvador info (Rio Dulce)
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Aug 31, 2013 6:05 PM
Hotel Q'ana Itz'am/ Lagunita Salvador info (Rio Dulce)I found it really hard to get info about visiting Lagunita Salvador, so here is some info!!
You may come across the name EcoAldea Maya (on Trip Advisor etc). This is what it used to be called- they are the same place. So basically the name of the hotel and restaurant is Q'ana Itz'am and the community itself which it is in is called Lagunita Salvador. it is more or less half way between Rio Dulce and Livingston.
I was the first New Zealander ever to visit there, so it was quite an honour! It also goes to show that it is quite off the tourist route, though you wouldn't know it as the accomodation is very nice. Everything is run on solar and the showers are great! Also the water is clean as it is redirected from the mountains.
Q'ana Itzam is run by Filomena and Luis, a lovely couple. You can ring them to come pick you up, or catch the local boat to Aguas Caliente and then call them from there to arrange them to get you (discuss the price with them first).
Here is Luis number: 502 5992 1853
You can also email here: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a good idea to ring ahead of time so that they know you are coming and they can prepare for you with supplies. When you email the above address you are actually emailing Luis and Filomena's daughter in Guatemala City, and she then corresponds with you and then rings them to let them know that you are coming.
I was excited to visit after reading some good reviews about it, and I couldn't wait to review it myself.
The accomodation was a lot more comfortable then I expected jungle accomodation, for 70 quetzales (approx $9 US dollars) I had a whole room to myself, with a gorgeous and exceptionally clean bathroom. The room didn't smell musty or feel claustrophobic (which is what I felt at Finca Tatin- although I do love Finca Tatin too!) and the bed was comfortable, though the pillow was very uncomfortable!
Filomena the hostess was very hospitable and friendly. She cooked me huge meals (cooked with fresh fish that I saw her and her husband catch just a few hours earlier) and sat with me while I ate, telling me the history of Q'ana Itz'am. Her breakfasts were great, all her cooking was very good.
They have their own little fish farm where they catch the fish fresh for your dinner. A hilarious family of turkeys (about 20) who gobbled around common ground of the community.
I did a tour there, 3.5 hours, in the local canoe, paddled through over grown waterways then hike through jungle (wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet as you'll be walking through some shallow rivers. At the end of the hike Luis showed me where some of the water was collected for the village and I could swim in the pools there- so refreshing after the hike, I swam in my clothes which kept me cool for the hike back. Then on the kayak back Luis pointed out a boa constrictor in the trees and we saw lizards, blue butterflies as big as birds and some sort of flying flish. We heard monkeys but couldn't see them.
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I'm really glad I went. it really does feel like an isolated paradise. So tranquil and relaxing. Sitting on the little wharf as the sun set was absolute bliss.
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