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Las Lisas

Population – 1,000

Cut off from the rest of Guatemala by the Canal of Chiquimulilla, the pace of Las Lisas is slow and genuine. A quiet fishing village unused to foreign tourism, travelers who are looking for the real Guatemala will adore it. Most of the visitors here are weekend day-trippers from the city so there are few hotels, accommodation is simple and many places close mid-week.

The best hotel is the attractive Hotel Canal View, a few minutes walk from the dock, with a swimming pool, restaurant and hammocks in a sheltered garden. Rooms cost from $25. The rest of the hotels are on or near the beach and have basic concrete rooms. Hotel Las Lisas costs $18.50 per room with fan or for $31.25 with a/c and has a restaurant. Both places are open mid-week and may give a discount. Hotel Puerto del Mar has rooms for $5.50. Travelers are welcome to sling a hammock under a palapas (palm-leaf shelter) on the beach for next to nothing.

Apart from the beachside comedores, only open on the weekend, there is little choice for eating out. Stands around the village have licquados, sandwiches, burgers and fried chicken, otherwise hotel restaurants are the only other option. There is no Internet or bank in Las Lisas. The closest are in Chiquimulilla.

The beach and canal are separated by a one kilometer strip of land so it is possible to watch the sunset over the waves before darting across to see the colors change over the smooth flowing waters of the canal. A lovely walk is to pass by the dock, keeping the canal on your left, until you reach the last house. Follow the path to your right for as long as you like, eventually it passes through the palm trees and out onto the beach, which will take you back to the village. The whole loop takes about 80 minutes but can be made shorter by cutting through to the beach sooner.

From August to December, Las Lisas is an excellent place to watch nesting turtles at night. Because there is no light on the beach, you may only have to walk a few minutes before seeing one.

Las Lisas is also host to two amazing hotels, Caleta Azul and Isleta de Gaia, both apart from the village itself. These hotels can only be reached by hiring a private lancha. Sometimes the hotel may be able to pick-up guests on a supply run.


Other places nearby Las Lisas: Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Coatepeque, Chulamar, Chiquimulilla, Iztapa, Tilapa & Tilapita, Champerico, Escuintla, Guatemala's Pacific Coast and La Democracia.

By Kathryn
Independent and optimistic, I believe in following your dreams and have been doing just that, traveling the world for the last 9 years. British by...
02 Jul 2010

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