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El Petén sprawling jungles are sparsely populated and home to sporadic Mayan Ruins that seem to be one with the earth. Although this area was once home to hundreds of thousands of residents, it’s not part of the typical tourist trail, possessing a lost-in-time feeling today. Because of this, Guatemala's El Petén is the perfect lush escape for those looking to experience an area in Central America that harnesses local charm. One celebrity family has put its thumbprint on the region which in recent years has drawn more attention to its humble presence.
MYSTERY OF THE MAYA
01/ JUNGLE WHISPERS
Many of the region's attractions are reachable only by boat or by foot. Tikal, the most popular ancient Mayan ruin, can be accessed by a four-wheel drive vehicle. Yet in Guatemala, getting there is half the journey. With lush jungles that engulf you in diverse flora and fauna, there is much to observe along the way. Most of the region's ruins have yet to be fully excavated and relatively little is developed surrounding the archeological sites apart from the small colorful town of Flores and its neighbor Santa Elena.
02/ THE CINEMATIC TOUCH
The Italian-American Coppalla family, famous for cinema and wine, first put their thumbprint on Guatemala when they built their El Petén property, La Lancha, and more recently, Cassa Zenda, just three hours south on Lago de Izabel. Both private lakefront villas offer a relaxed yet luxurious option for a secluded getaway. Designed with ease in mind, the palm-thatched roofs and rustic decor create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Fully staffed with Concierge, Butler, Professional Chef, Masseuse and Yacht Captain, guests enjoy the intimacy of the villas without sacrificing any luxuries.
03/ NATURAL ABUNDANCE
Apart from the archeological sites dotted throughout the region, visitors can enjoy an abundance of ways to connect with nature from hiking and bird watching to exploring natural hot springs and crystal pools. A day in Flores or Santa Elena is a great way to connect with locals, explore the pastel colored streets, and enjoy a lunch out.