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El Tular Nature Sanctuary

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Km. 26.5 RN 18 Carretera a Mataquescuintla Finca San Antonio El Tular, San Jose Pinula, Guatemala City Guatemala
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#13 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Guatemala City
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Our wildlife sanctuary offers 6 cabins in a sustainable and eco-friendly project that is located just 26 kms away from Guatemala city; located in the middle of a 100 acre lush forest with at least 3 different ecosystems. The main purpose of our project is to maintain these ecosystems untouched and to create a healthy model of enjoying life and taking care of nature. El Tular is one of the few remnants of natural cloud forest, mixed pine and oak forest that offers a varied array of wildlife close to Guatemala city. We offer our visitors the possibility of enjoying 5 kms of nature trails for hiking; we have bikes for rent, a natural pool, and a maya steam bath. Our restaurant serves healthy, delicious and home made food; with vegan and vegetarian specialties some of which are grown organically in our orchard. Our cabins are rustic but extremely comfortable with cotton sheets, microfiber and orthopedic pillows and amazingly comfortable mattresses. All the showers have hot water.
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Rudi Rudi wrote a review Mar 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia1,882 contributions149 helpful votes
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The adventure starts with the ride up to the sanctuary. Park in the gated lot then leave it all behind. I was greeted by the most outstanding staff of any placed I had ever visited. Take it all in! When you arrive take the time to let your eyes absorb it all. Then you will have the opportunity to hear nature. You see it. You feel it. You hear it, but most of all you will taste it. The fresh vegetables are outstanding. Lucy the chef will say the food is so good because Guatemalan's cook with love. She said "love" is the secret ingredient. I would go back just for the food. The bungalows were extremely clean. They have DRY toilets. The sawdust is blended with cinnamon . My bathroom never had an odor. There were many clever details. In my room an old Singer sewing machine was repurposed to be my sink. My outdoor shower was warm with good pressure. I was in the purple room. I enjoyed sitting in the clay pot sauna with 7 other people. I felt like the children in Hansel and Gretel when the door shut. However, the lemon grass on the hot stones produced a soothing scent. The sky light was made of bottles. It seemed that I was baking in a piece of art instead of an oven. It is called a Temetzcal. Please note that the Metzcal is at the bar. There was a small swimming pool. Ask for information about hiking trails and bikes. Explore the on-site garden. My nap in the hammock seemed endless. After dinner you are invited to sit at the fire pit. The stars are their own show. Look at the sky and see stars as bright as light bulbs. Orion's belt was like "bling". Bring your phone because there are solar powered outlets. I was completely charged and able to take many pictures and text without issue. A beautiful glass craft held fresh water that was on a tray with chocolate covered almonds. Clean white towels and new looking linen on the beds were an additional treat. The room was cold, but the comforter was really hot. I woke up forgetting there wasn't any heat in the room because I was so cozy. The sounds of nature lulled me to sleep a free serenade just for me. Mosquitoes were a problem, but they provide an all natural essential oil blend bug spray. Just ask. There is a fully stocked bar (how did I forget to mention that ?)
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Purple room had an outdoor shower.
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Wiebke F wrote a review Dec 2017
50 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent a might here with the family and absolutely loved it! super friendly staff, excellent food and an amazing place to relax, hike through indigenous forest and just relax. highly recommend it as we would have loved to spend more time here. will come back!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Celia B wrote a review Oct 2017
Valencia, Spain40 contributions3 helpful votes
Spent two lovely days relaxing in paradise just a few minutes away from Guatemala city. Food is amazingly good and the staff is outstanding. Perfect place to disconnect and feel comfortable in the wildness of the jungle! Rooms are surprisingly luxurious with that green touch that makes your stay unforgettable.
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Date of stay: April 2017
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Carrie C wrote a review Jul 2016
Berlin, Germany38 contributions11 helpful votes
I should preface this review by saying I lived in Guatemala City for many years. And oh how I wish this slice of paradise had been open when I did - my quality of life would have increased exponentially! El Tular really is an isolated haven. A wonderful, rustic (yet comfortable - see below) getaway from the rush and grime of city life. The property has been in the family of the owner for generations, and the ecolodge is clearly a true labor of love, not only of the owner but of all of her staff as well. You would be hard-pressed to find a better group of people anywhere. This isn't the place to come if you're looking for loads of activity or pampering - but if you are content with simple beauty - spending time hiking in the woods, orchid hunting, relaxing around the cabins or the natural pools, or, to my delight, practicing your archery, you'll be pleased as punch here. After a couple of days away from my computer and cell phone (coverage is available but spotty) I felt so refreshed. Further, I am not exaggerating when I say that I think the beds here are the most comfortable in the entire country. The attention to detail that the owner and her team have put into the 'little things' really makes a difference. The food is great too :) What can I say? Can't wait to be back in El Tular. [Only one note - for foreigners visiting Guatemala, you should be aware that this property is not in Guatemala City, and although it's an easy trip into the city, you wouldn't want to be based here if you needed to be in town all the time- it's a getaway from the city.]
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Date of stay: April 2016
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asturiasalani wrote a review May 2016
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Every time I get a chance I go to this amazing place. I love that you can disconnect from everything, even though you are just a few minutes from the city. The staff is super nice, they´re always doing their best making your stay a time to remember. I highly recommend it to anyone who want to have an extraordinary time!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Every room has its magic!! But I love the green and the orange one
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US$65 - US$113 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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GuatemalaGuatemala DepartmentGuatemala City
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Tular Nature Sanctuary
What are some of the property amenities at El Tular Nature Sanctuary?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at El Tular Nature Sanctuary?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to El Tular Nature Sanctuary?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Pupuseria, El Cafetatlito Carr San Jose Pinula, and Restaurante La Finka.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Tular Nature Sanctuary?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does El Tular Nature Sanctuary have an airport shuttle?
Yes, El Tular Nature Sanctuary offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is El Tular Nature Sanctuary accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.