Thursday's Child: Tak'alik Maya Lodge, Guatemala

Thursday, January 15, 2015
One of the highlights of our trip to Guatemala last year was a visit to the Tak'alik Ab'aj ruins, near the Pacific Coast. While there, we spent a night at the Tak'alik Maya Lodge, just adjacent to the ruins. This week I'll tell you about our stay at the lodge, and next week I'll describe the fabulous Mayan ruins.

The first thing I should tell you about the lodge is that it's in the middle of the jungle, in an off-the-beaten-track part of Guatemala. Under the circumstances, a four-star hotel would be out of place, and we were prepared for simplicity. To give you an idea what the lodge is like, we chose to stay in a room with electricity. (The rooms without electricity were more elegant, but since we arrived after dark, we opted for convenience.) We stayed in a small cabin, similar to the cabins at the summer camp I attended as a kid. There were no frills, but who expects frills in the middle of the jungle?

Our cabin was a ten-minute walk from the dining room, and because the path was a bit serpentine, they sent a member of the staff to accompany us to and from dinner. He explained that as long as we stayed on the paved path, none of the snakes would bother us. And apparently there were over a hundred varieties of snakes, but only five of those were poisonous. Phew!


We stayed away from the snakes long enough to enjoy a fabulous dinner. We'd been advised that the electricity to the whole lodge would be shut off between 10 pm and 6 am, so we were prepared for an early night.

And when we woke the next day, and saw the lodge in daylight for the first time, we realized how truly beautiful it was. Set in a working coffee plantation, it was a combination of charming and rustic that suited the location perfectly. If we'd had more time, we might have walked to the nearby waterfall, gone bird-watching, or toured the plantation.

But we were there to see the ruins at Tak'alik Ab'aj. More on them next week!

A lovely peacock, outdazzling even its brethren in London and Turkey.





13 comments:

Juliana Levine said...

I have never been to Guatemala...thanks for the pictures...I stayed in one place in Costa Rica that the electricity was limited at night too...
Hope you are having a fabulous week Beth :)

Tricia Buice said...

Wow - sounds wonderful! Can't wait to see and read more. I bet the night sounds were pretty awesome too! Have a lovely weekend.

Pam said...

That's a little different, but I bet the scenery is beautiful! A friend of mine raised Peacocks on her farm in Lexington, gorgeous birds!

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

I enjoyed virtually visiting Guatemala through you, it looks so exotic :D
Great shots!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Valerie Gamine said...

Only five poisonous snakes *phew,* indeed. :D
What a gorgeously lush oasis! This is just the kind of dreamy setting I need during the bleak mid-winter.

Beth said...

Me too, Valerie! It isn't a coincidence that every January I dream about the warm places I've been to (or hope to go to).

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a really interesting adventure and not one that most people would choose to experience. Those can be the best. Thanks for the awesome pictures.

Liz Berg said...

Yikes! I think I'd be wearing steel boots on that walk to dinner. What a gorgeous setting!

Monica said...

This is so interesting and what an adventure (those snakes!!) Thanks for giving us a look into Guatemala.

Pam said...

Only 5 poisonous snakes? Sounds like an adventure! Great shot of the peacock.

Laura Dembowski said...

It looks just beautiful, but I don't think it would be my kind of thing. I like everyday luxuries like electricity!

Delectably Green said...

Oh Beth! what a wonderful experience and fabulous trip! It's a wonderful thing to explore other cultures and see another side of life - you certainly did! looking forward to seeing the ruins!
Mary

Mary @ The World Is A Book said...

What a beautiful setting! If I were to go to Guatemala, this plantation would be exactly where I would want to stay for a rustic and authentic experience (even with all those snakes). Looking forward to the rest of your visit.

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