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La Iguana Perdida

Santa Cruz La Laguna , Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Come join us under the volcanoes! La Iguana Perdida has been an oasis on the shores of Lake Atitlán for over twenty years now offering memories to travellers both young and old while maintaining commitment to community, the environment, and the betterment of our village of Santa Cruz La Laguna. We’re your home away from home whether you come here to learn to dive, hike the trails, study Spanish, experience Mayan culture or simply lie in a hammock with a paperback or enjoy doing nothing at all.

Our rooms range from simple to downright luxurious, so whether you’re travelling with your a hand-me-down backpack or a shiny new roley bag we’ve got something for you. We’ve got three dormitories with 22 beds in total, several single/double rooms with shared bath facilities nearby, and ten more modern rooms with private bath. Many of our rooms and common areas have fantastic lake views as we’re located right on the waterfront.

Our lakefront restaurant is open from 8AM - 3PM daily offering breakfasts & lunches aimed to satisfy the hungry traveler. Egg dishes, crepes, fruit, sandwiches, salads and our famous licuados are just some of the options you can choose from. We make as much as humanly possible from scratch (from bread, granola to sauces and pastries) and all our fruit and vegetables are locally sourced or grown in our garden.

Dinner is served at 7:00 and the fixed menu is a delicious 3-course meal consisting of soup with homemade bread, a main course (vegetarian option always available), and coffee, tea & cake for dessert. Our family-style dinners often lead to hours of storytelling, board games, very bad jokes, guitars & sing-alongs and are often noted as one of the highlights of people's time here.

Our famous Saturday costume dress-up party and BBQ is a night you won’t soon forget. We’ll fire up the grill while you rummage through our costume closet. On the buffet you’ll find marinated chicken or veggie burgers and a huge selection of side dishes and salads, followed by our famous chocolate brownies for dessert.

The bar is open every day and night for sodas, beer, wine, spirits, home-made liqueurs and specialty cocktails. Sunday through Thursday happy hour runs from 6pm - 7pm and on Fridays and Saturdays 5pm -7pm. Happiness is often permitted outside of happy hour.

When the Iguana opened back in 1996, the set up was humble and homey. We had no electricity and no hot water and people actually talked to each other! While we have moved into the 21st century we do try to keep the original spirit of the Iguana alive and that's why we don't offer Wi-Fi. We understand the necessity of communication while you’re on the road so we have a computer room where you can access the internet free of charge, but we like to keep the screens out of the restaurant area to keep the vibe more about great conversations, acoustic guitars and sunsets rather than posting selfies and status updates. Unplug with us. You might just enjoy it!

Scuba diving in a volcanic lake! The Iguana has been home to the only dive shop on Lake Atitlán for more than 20 years. ATI Divers offers PADI courses from Open Water on up, the altitude specialty course, and fun dives or refreshers on demand. Lake Atitlan is a collapsed volcanic caldera, so it's something fun and different for those feeling intrepid. Sunken buildings, spectacular volcanic rock formations and hot spots along the fault line are just some of the cool things to experience under the water.

There are plenty of other activities to fill your days here including yoga classes, swimming, kayaking, weaving, hiking trails, pool table and dartboard, book exchange and TV room, and visits to local markets and to CECAP, the Santa Cruz vocational center.
Amazing views, delicious food, clean rooms, great diving, and world-class laziness are all here waiting for you!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.9

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.3

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.6


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Nov 2018
    Stay here! What an amazing location, hostel, restaurant, staff, and owners. It's like one big family. Right on the lake near where the ferries stop. Full restaurant with fair prices. I spent 2 nights in a dorm and 2 in a private and both were fabulous. Comfortable beds, sufficient blankets (can get cold at night), enough toilets and showers around. Hannah, Oli, Alex, Josh, Laura, you guys made my stay. Thanks so much for everything!
    Trinidad And Tobago, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    23 Sep 2018
    If you are looking for the best hotel in Lake Atitlan, look no more!!! The staff, hotel, food, and everything else is AMAZING!!! J & D have never been happier!!! Thank you!!!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    30 Oct 2018
    Really enjoyed my stay at La Iguana Perdida! Wonderful location right on the lakefront :) joined the group supper on my one night there which was a great way to meet the other guests and socialise. Would highly recommend if you are staying on Lake Atitlan!
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    12 Nov 2018
    Good hostel in a great location. I had a private room which was comfortable and they gave me a lock for the door. The showers don’t have shelves to put your toiletries so you have to put them on the floor of the shower. Free water was nice. The staff were great except for when I asked one of them what there is to do in the area and he just laughed and said umm hang out in a hammock and look at the lake. Or something like that. It would have been nice if he could just tell me a bit about options.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
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Facilities

Free
  • Linen Included
General
  • BBQ
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Cable TV
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
Services
  • Airport Transfers
  • Currency Exchange
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
Entertainment
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table

Policies

  • Credit Cards Accepted

Things to Note

Reception open 8AM-8PM.

Check-in possible only until 11 pm.
Check-out before 11 am.


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