Hobbitenango in Antigua, Guatemala offers many unique experiences, including staying in a Hobbit House, fun photo ops, and great restaurants!
There are a lot of things to do in Antigua. There are museums, rooftop bars, cafes, and historic landmarks. And just outside of Antigua is Hobbitenango. What started as an eco-village shared between friends is now a must-see attraction. When we found out about Hobbitenango and their hobbit houses, we knew we wanted to try and visit during our trip to Guatemala.
Full disclosure – We are not major Lord of the Rings (LotR) fans. However, we love cute and unique things to do and Hobbitenango looked so amazing. So, we booked our stay in one of their hobbit houses, also known as casitas, and got to enjoy wandering around the property. There are over 26 areas and attractions within the park! You can visit for the day for 50 Quetzales ($6) per person, but to truly get the most out of the experience, we suggest staying in one of their hobbit houses.
Note: All activities are included if you stay overnight.
If you’re wondering how to get to Hobbitenango, we think the best way is by shuttle from Antigua. They have an office in town where the shuttle will pick you up and drop you off at the entrance. The cost is 45 Quetzales ($5.75) per person round trip.
Alternatively, you could do the 20-minute drive up, but the roads are very steep, and narrow, and you need a 4×4 vehicle. There is also very little parking.
Uber is another option. However, many drivers don’t want to make the drive and end up canceling so you might have to wait awhile. Also, getting an Uber when you’re leaving and heading back down to Antigua will be almost impossible unless one happens to be in the area dropping others off.
That’s why we suggest arranging for the shuttle ahead of time.
Currently, Hobbitenango has three hobbit houses. Per their website, they plan to build more in the upcoming years.
La Casita del Sueño is for two people. It’s the house that we stayed in and it ranges from $114 to $124 per day, depending on the day of the week you wish to stay. La Casita del Nido is for two couples or a small family. Prices range from $134 to $145 per day, depending on the day of the week. Their third house is La Cala Esmeralda. It’s the largest house, fitting six people. Prices range from $155 to $165 per day, depending on the day of the week. Check-in is at 1 PM and check-out is at 11 AM.
As we stated before, if you stay overnight, all activities in the park are included. However, if you choose to visit just for the day, admission is 50 Quetzales ($6) per person.
If you’re visiting for the day, the park is open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 8 PM. If you’re staying overnight, you can still walk around the property after everyone has left, although the activities will be closed.
Staying In A Hobbit House
Our stay in La Casita del Sueño was so magical. Everywhere we looked there was something adorable and it felt like every detail was well thought out. There was a double bed, a small fireplace, and a private bathroom with eco-friendly products. One of our favorite parts, though, was the patio overlooking the valley below.
The house is off of one of the main paths in the park, so there will be people passing by. However, the house is gated and it is angled so that even with its large open windows, no one can look inside. It’s also built into the mountain and terraced, so the other houses don’t block your views. You also don’t have to worry about noise. Once the park closes for the day and all of the other visitors are gone, it’s very peaceful.
Staying in a hobbit house in Guatemala has now become one of my favorite travel memories. There’s just something about waking up and seeing volcanoes from your comfy bed…
During your visit to Hobbitenango, make sure to stop into one of their two restaurants. They also have a bar and cafe, all in little hobbit houses.
We visited their main restaurant twice. All of their food is fresh and the menu changes with the seasons. We liked that they offered local dishes as well as international favorites.
On the evening of our stay, we had a Margarita pizza. It was great and we ate it while overlooking the park. The next morning we had a Desayuno Chapín, which is a typical Guatemalan breakfast. It included eggs, refried beans, plantains, fruit, tortillas, and local cheese. Additionally, all breakfast dishes also come with oatmeal, sweet bread, and fresh black coffee. And because that didn’t seem like enough (LOL!), we also ordered a Fruit Bowl which had seasonal fruit on Greek yogurt.
On weekends and holidays, Hobbitenango also offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast or lunch. If you purchase tickets for the buffet, it includes entry into the park and all of its activities. Breakfast is from 8 AM to 12 PM and costs 129 Quetzales ($16.50) per person. Lunch is from 12:30 PM to 5 PM and costs 169 Quetzales ($21.50) per person.
Hobbitenango Hand And Other Things To Do
Besides staying in a hobbit house, there is a lot to do in the park itself. The most popular is probably getting a picture on the Hobbitenango Hand, which is literally a giant troll arm that stretches out into the air. The hand is a platform that you can stand on and from it, you have amazing views over the valley. Because it’s so popular, there’s usually a line. We waited until the next morning when the park attractions first opened so we were the first in line (a benefit of staying overnight).
The park also has paths that you can walk and areas to sit and relax. There is also a giant tree swing and an area with carnival games, archery, axe-throwing, and seven holes of mini-golf. There are also local artisans selling chocolate, jewelry, and other small items. While we were there, there was also a band playing live music on a small stage. And don’t forget to take in the views as you walk around!
Additional Tips And Things To Know
Hobbitenango is a place to disconnect and be in the present. In other words, don’t expect WiFi or cell service. You are definitely off the grid here.
The weather is much cooler there compared to down in Antigua so we recommend dressing in layers for the colder evenings and mornings. Speaking of the weather, it can change very quickly on the mountain. When it’s clear, you can see volcanoes and down into Antigua. But, if a cloud passes through, you won’t be able to see very far. So make sure you snap pictures when you can.
Credit cards are accepted, but we also recommend having cash on you. We used cash to tip the young man who carried our bags to our casita and the woman at the Hand who volunteered to take pictures of us on our phones.
Final Thoughts On Hobbitenango Antigua
Is visiting Hobbitenango worth it? We think so! You can spend hours playing games or just lounging around. And the views, when clouds permit, are pretty incredible. Because getting there can be a bit of a pain, we don’t recommend planning to go for just an hour or two. We think staying in a hobbit house is best to get the full experience.
As for how hobbity it is, bigger LotR fans may be disappointed. The theme is obviously there, but it could be more pronounced. I personally thought it all looked great though and was very happy with our stay. The service was also great and everyone was really nice. Overall we think Hobbitenango is worth visiting during a trip to Guatemala.
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