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The second largest lake in Guatemala is a 40-minute drive from Tikal National Park, the country's most popular tourist destination, where the famous ruins of a Mayan city can be found. (Its many Mayan temples, hidden away in the jungle, are some of the most impressive in Central American in Mexico.) Numerous tourists flock from Belize to see the temples, but you can also stay on Lake Peten Itza right in Guatemala; rich wildlife, including jaguars, crocodiles, and spider monkeys, can be spotted in this region, and the lake itself is a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. One of Francis Ford Coppola's luxury resorts, La Lancha, can be found on its shores. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: La Lancha, Guatemala

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