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El Retiro or El Recreo?

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El Retiro or El Recreo?

Hey everyone,

My girlfriend and I will visit Guatemala in the end of the month. We are visiting Semuc Champey for 2 nights, and are looking for a nice hotel. I saw these two (El Retiro and El Recreo), and wanted to ask if anyone has a recommendation on which of those is the better one in term of quality, atmosphere (we're not that old but prefer quite over party all night :-) and location?


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1. Re: El Retiro or El Recreo?

I suggest you post your question on the Lonely planet forum also. Good luck.

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2. Re: El Retiro or El Recreo?

I absolutely suggest booking at El Portal. I did so after four weeks of meeting one traveller after another who said "it's the only place to stay at Semuc Champey."

"Splurge" ($20/night) for a bungalow behind the restaurant and overlooking the river.

El Portal is right outside the gates to Semuc Champey. The road in from Languin is a long, bumpy and dusty one, so being central to the actual park will get you into this incredible spot early in the morning before the tour groups arrive.

They don't answer email, so I suggest calling ahead to book your bungalow.

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