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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Our family of five stayed here in April 2014. Moya and her team are excellent hosts, serving authentic food for breakfast and dinner, offering opportunities to experience interactions with the local people, and assisting on shuttling us to and from town. The location is pretty removed from town (which is part of the charm), so be prepared to make arrangements on getting places.

The lake is crisp and clean and you will wake to birds singing. There are nooks and crannies everywhere for you to curl up with a book, binoculars, or a beer. Be sure to bring a bright flashlight to spot the kinkajous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkajou) at night as they forage for food in the trees. During our stay she had rescued three motherless baby kits (foxes) and was rearing them for reintroduction to the wild. This actually proved to be a highlight of our whole Guatemala vacation for my youngest son.

Also, when you come, Moya supports a local school, so ask if there is anything that you can bring in your suitcase to help out. The local kids need even the most basic of school supplies.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in this little paradise and fell in love with the place, the host Moya and Guatemala. It is conveniently located between Flores and Tikal, so it is perfect for those planning to visit both places. It also is right on the lake with comfortable entrances, a palapa with hammocks, benches to enjoy the view, awesome view by the way! We had breakfast included, the bread was home made warm and tasty, the owner, Moya, makes sure every guests feels at home and gets enough of food and drinks. I loved to be trusted with fridge full of drinks - you could take what you need and write down whatever you took for billing later. The place is taken care of, clean and beautifully decorated. There is guatemalan art everywhere, very cozy. I didn't know you can stay in a luxurious place like this on that budget. We used kayaks free of charge, there is a library in the game room, there is a beautiful living room with tv and all kinds of artefacts, felt like a museum, i could spend a whole day there; there are birds, there are bars, ping pong table, souvenier shop and a little grocery store. It is just amazing how there is so much to please the most demanding guest!!! And so inexpensive! Moya is a great and knowledgeable hostess, nature lover and traveller, she stoically survived an avalanche of my questions, helped a lot with understanding guatemala and planning my other adventures. She also had some rescue baby-foxes at the time, it was fun watching them play. I'll strongly recommend it to all my friends and hope to come here again. The best inn, loved it loved it loved it!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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1  Thank RackMarianna
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

My hubby & I stayed for just one night in March, on our way to Tikal from our farm in Belize. Made a reservation by calling and emailing, and received good information both ways...and got to choose what we wanted for dinner-yummy! The road from Flores had been worked on after the rainy season and it was in great shape most all the way. Did not take long from Flores. Reception was great, room was basic but quite comfy and roomy, grounds were awesome--could have stayed to enjoy them more if we had not already planned on going to Tikal. Dinner & breakfast were very tasty...and the cocktail was quite good. Jason was a wonderful host...gracious & willing to answer questions. Was nice to see the other side of Lake Peten Itza, as I had only been to Flores and Remate--Gucumatz has a beautiful location. We would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Ginny H
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Gucumatz is a simple and delightful small bed and breakfast on the bank of Lago Peten Itza. It exudes local charm and provides many wonderful venues for peaceful reading, painting, talking and, of course, swimming in the warm water of the lake. Here one finds exactly what one needs in the way of accommodation and no more. Moya is an attentive and knowledgable proprietor who has strong ties with the local community and readily puts guests at ease and teaches them about this rural community. It's a lovely place to stay and this region of northern Guatemala is absolutely goregous!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank julia1984335
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Gucumatz is a place to relax and get away from the interruptions of the world. We stayed for five nights in January 2014. The rooms are basic but spacious and are set in wonderful terraced grounds which are nice to explore. We were enchanted by the hummingbirds that would feed all day long outside our room. The lake is wonderful with plenty of opportunities to swim or kayak or simply laze on one of the sun lounges along the waters edge.

Stormy weather had caused the television in the communal lounge to stop working - so with no TV or internet access we truly did relax taking the time to read, snooze and enjoy each others company. The weather also messed up the unsealed road that leads to Gucumatz however the tuk-tuk was still able to get us to and from the nearby towns if required.

Our reason for going to Peten and Gucumatz was to visit Tikal and get away from the 4-5 star impersonal accommodation that prevails. By choosing to forego the trappings of 4-5 star resorts you get to meet wonderful hosts who delight in introducing you to the real offerings of the area.
Moya, Jason and his partner were fabulous and made us feel very welcome. While you can book to go to Tikal from Flores, Jason can take you and leave you to explore the ruins by yourself or with a local guide.


If you visit Gucumatz you will no doubt visit Flores for the day. Be sure to catch a little boat from Flores to the Museum on another tiny island in the lake. The ceramics on display are far more worthy of a visit than the ones at Tikal. Further the grandson took us around and discussed various pieces in the collection with us. The museum is also home to the local radio station and brand new chalet accommodation that is not advertised. We would recommend you get the local bus back from Flores as opposed to the mini buses. The ride is comfortable and inexpensive.

Be sure to organise Moya or Jason to meet you at the airport - it is much nicer to be met by your hosts than catching a taxi.

Room Tip: We had room number 1 on the ground floor that overlooked the lake and the outdoor dining area. The place is quiet other than the odd passing bus or car so noise is not an issue. Windows are flyscreens which was very pleasant allowing the breeze to come in. Our room was basic but met our needs - the rooms don't have bar fridges, TV's or tea and coffee making facilities however tea and coffee is always available to take to your room free of charge and fresh water is left in the room every day when the room is serviced.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kimberley W
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