After a 7 hour bus ride from Antigua that turned into 10, we arrived at a bus stop in what felt like the middle of nowhere. Actually, we were in the middle of nowhere but it was a welcome change of scenery. Surrounded by the lush green trees of Guatemalas Central Highlands, we were confronted by numerous locals shouting out the names of different accommodations nearby. After being allocated into the backs of the respective trucks and piling our backpacks in along with ourselves, our ride took us to where we would be spending the next few days and nights.
The 5 minute journey was full of bumps and turns, but after already being in Guatemala for over 2 weeks I considered myself somewhat of a pro at balancing in the back of a truck whilst speeding around different bends. As we came around the last corner, there it was- The last fragments of sun shining upon big huts and reflecting on a beautiful infinity pool. We had arrived at the Zephyr Lodge…
The Zephyr Lodge is quite famous between travellers in Guatemala. Whether you’ve been cooped up in buses with other backpackers or stayed in multiple dorm rooms, chances are you’ve heard something about ‘The Resort for Backpackers.’ Situated in remote Lanquin, the town is best known as the gateway to the incredible green natural wonder that is Semuc Champey.
One of the first things you see as you make your way to your room is the resort style infinity pool that faces the rolling green hills. It is the most popular spot to hang out in the day for those not adventuring elsewhere. We spent our first day exploring the grounds and relaxing by the pool, a novelty after our big bus trip the previous day.
The Zephyr Lodge offers 2 levels of accommodation: shared dorms and 3 different types of privates rooms.
We stayed in the Deluxe Private with a king size bed. Clean and spacious with a chic interior, the centre piece was the king size bed that was protected by a very reliable mosquito net which is a necessity in Central America. The room also had a fan, a private bathroom with (temperamental) hot water and my favourite part, a private balcony with a colourful hammock looking down onto the valley and the Lanquin River.
Another highlight was the bathroom, decorated with blue tiles and a shower that looked out onto the natural beauty of the region. It felt like I was outside as I stood under the water whilst listening to the birds and insects in the nearby trees.
Our mornings were spent waking up to the shine of natural light and the sound of the river nearby. The room was extremely comfortable and although many guests partied the night away not too far away, we barely heard a thing. The atmosphere was electric most nights with lots of drinking games bringing different travellers together.
Food & Drinks
There was a good range of food on site, as well as a variety of drinks and cocktails. The menu had a fair amount of choices for all types of diets. Each night there was a special that was discounted, along with the standard american style fast food, burgers and wraps, as well as healthier choices and vegetarian options.
My favourite meal of the day was breakfast, French Toast with a view with lots of fresh fruit and a Liquado (fruit mixed with water, milk or yoghurt).
After always having to buy bottled water in Central America, the numerous filters of free water were a great touch.
All food and drinks were put onto a personal bar tab, which we paid at the end of our stay. It was a convenience, but can be a little risky for those drinking alcohol. It is best to pay your bar tab off the night before you leave, as check-out can be hectic with everyone leaving at the same time for the shuttle buses out of town.
Prices vary between room type and are priced in Guatemalan Quetzals. It is best to bring cash to pay, as doing so on card comes with an extra fee.
Dorm rooms: Q90 / 12 USD
Private with double bed: Q300 / 40 USD
Large Private with double bed: Q350 / 46 USD
Deluxe Private with King size bed: Q400 / 52 USD
Zephyr Lodge felt worlds away from our previous destination of Antigua, and that’s because we really were worlds away in a sense- high up in the mountains and somewhat secluded. The wi-fi generally worked in the common area from 7am-7pm and was operating fine during my whole stay. I heard others had trouble, but for just a few days it was nice to disconnect. Overall, I had a fantastic stay here and it was well worth the journey to reach this green paradise.
For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (502) 5168 2441. Due to the geographical location of Zephyr Lodge, internet and telephone services are not 100% reliable, so the best way to guarantee your booking is to send an email. You can check out their website here.
A big thanks to Perhaps You Need a Little Guatemala for organising my stay! I was welcomed to Zephyr River Lodge Lanquin as a guest, however my opinion, as always, remains honest and my own.