Review: Hummingbird Hostel, Tzununa, Lake Atitlan

The Hummingbird Hostel in Tzununa, was just as advertised: No stress, wicked vibes.. This was the first place I’d stayed outside of Xela since coming to Guatemala and I was not disappointed.

When I arrived at the dock in Tzununa several young boys rushed to greet the passengers and offer them rides on their tuk tuks, 3 wheeled motorized mini-taxis that operate in many of the small pueblos throughout Guatemala. It’s Q5 for a ride up the hill, but since the hostel was only a 5 minute walk and I didn’t have any heavy bags I declined.

Katy is the owner of the hostel, and a yoga instructor. She showed me to my room, one of four private double rooms (Q150). There’s also a 3 bed dorm (Q60). My room was clean and comfortable with a dreamcatcher hanging over the bed.

Not long after I got settled, an adorable black pup named Ruby came to greet me. She lives there with her two feline BFFs, Dave and Hazel.

As a socially and environmentally conscious traveller and vegetarian, I really appreciated the food. All the meals served here are locally sourced, vegetarian/vegan, and delicious! Much of the produce comes from Marcos, an indigenous farmer next door, the eggs come from free range chickens, the coffee is organic and sourced within 5 miles. And one of the best things was Katy’s fresh-baked bread…soooo good! I enjoyed it at breakfast (35Q) and diner (60Q).

After being in the city for a while this was an exceptional place to stay. A great, relaxing atmosphere, pleasant people, and of course a hot shower and wi-fi!

Jason Klarl
Travel Media Producer at Travelogue Media
Jason is the host and producer of the Travelogue Podcast, and author of Travelogue: 2015 Yearbook. He grew up in Colorado with a passion for music, photography, and filmmaking. He completed an Associates of Applied Science degree from the Art Institute of Colorado and studied at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina. He's currently living in St. Thomas, US Virgin islands.

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