Most people use El Remate as a base for trips to the ruins at Tikal. However, as small lodges and isolated resorts start to pop up here, so do the many tour and activity options.

Just west of El Remate is the Biotopo Cerro Cahuí, a small nature reserve with some trails and good wildlife-viewing opportunities. More than 180 species of birds have been spotted in the reserves 1500 acres. A couple of loop trails climb uphill from the entrance and offer excellent views of the lake. I recommend you visit this park with a guide, as incidents of violence against tourists closed it for a period a few years ago. The reserve is open daily from 8am to 4pm, and admission is Q25.

One of the most popular activities in El Remate is renting a canoe or kayak for paddling around on the lake. Most of the hotels in town either rent kayaks or canoes, or can arrange one for you. Rates run around Q10 to Q20  per hour, or around Q75 per day.

Similarly, most of the hotels in town either rent or provide mountain bikes for their guests, or can arrange for their rental. The dirt road that circles Lake Petén Itzá is excellent for a mountain bike ride. Rates are about Q35 to Q80 per day.

El Remate is also gaining some local renown for its woodcarving. You'll see several roadside stands set up on the route between Ixlú and El Remate, and onward to Tikal. If you ask around El Remate, you might even be able to visit one or more of the artisans.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.