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El Remate

El Remate is a small, laid-back village home to around 370 families on the eastern shore of Lago Peten Itza, located between Flores and Tikal. Travelers looking for a quiet environment surrounded by nature will most probably prefer it to Flores. The sunsets are superb and the color of the lake is turquoise blue in the morning. It’s a good place to sample local Guatemalan culture, have a swim in the crystal clear water, sunbathe on a dock, rent a canoe or simply relax. El Remate is known for its wood carving: you can shop in the handicraft shop along the road. The town has many beautiful hotels with direct access to the Lake and some very good restaurants.


Other places nearby El Remate: El Mirador, Lake Atitlan, Poptun, San Pedro Soloma, Flores, Uaxactun, Melchor De Mencos, San Jose, Soloma and San Andres.

By Claire Bourgin
I have traveled around the world since I'm a kid. Traveling is now part of my everyday life in Guatemala. I have been living in Quetzaltenango for 3...
16 Jul 2010

Things to do in El Remate

Biotopo Cerro Cahui

135618Two kilometers west of El Remate and along the shore of Lake Peten Itza, Biotopo Cerro Cahui is a rainforest reserve spanning over six hundred hectares. It is one of the most accessible wildlife ...
El Remate, Guatemala


135619The turnoff for the road heading to Belize is known as “El Cruce.” Just 200km off the road are the ruins of Ixlu on the shores of Laguna Salpeten. There are small mounds, trails and a few stones ...
El Remate, Guatemala


135620The best place to go bird watching is Biotopo Cerro Cahui. It’s best go early in the morning when the birds start flying around. La Casa de Don David offers bird watching tours with knowledgeable ...
El Remate, Guatemala

Horseback Riding

Many hotels can book you a five hour horseback riding tour to Ixlu and Lagoon Salpeten for $20/person. Palomino Ranch hotel, on the road to the biotope, also offers horseback riding tours for ...
Horseback Riding
El Remate, Guatemala


Renting a kayak or canoe to discover the lake is one of the most popular activities in El Remate. Any hotel can arrange it for you and rates run around $2-4/hour and $10/day. Ask at Casa Mobego and ...
El Remate, Guatemala

Mountain Biking

Various places rent bicycles for $2/3.50/4.50 for two/four/twenty four hours with a $30 deposit. The road that circles Lake Peten Itza is excellent for a mountain bike ride. You can also cycle to ...
El Remate, Guatemala

Overview Activities

El Remate is a good starting point for exploring Tikal and other archeological sites such as Ixlu and Yaxha. Other tours and activities available include the visit of Biotopo Cerro Cahui, bird ...
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El Remate, Guatemala
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