Flores Travel Guide

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Flores Things to Do

  • Canopy/Zip-Lining close to Flores

    A short 5-minutes ride from Flores the natural park Ixpanpajul is located. They offer several activities in the wild nature such as swinging through the forest on a Zip-Line from tree to tree. They call it Tarzan-Canopy-Tour and offer this activity also at night. As we found this out we wanted to try this before leaving Flores! It was an amazing...

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  • Central Plaza

    The Central Plaza is the hub of Flores with the Cathedral, some Mayan stella on display and a small handicraft market around it.

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  • Malecon

    Flores has a small Malecon of sorts along the North shore. There is a paved walkway, a ferry and some restaurants lining the way.

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  • Meander Around or Watch Sunsets

    Meander around the town and find enjoy the atmosphere. Because this is a small town, there is not much to do other than sit in a bar, wander around, and watch the sunsets. It is a fun place to watch people. There is a plaza and a church.

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  • Zip lining in Tikal

    In Tikal National Park there is an area where you can go zip lining on your way into the park. It's definately worth it! I went up thinking you just do it once but we got 8 goes of it! It's an amazing feeling zipping along the top of the jungle!

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  • Parish Church

    Standing on the east end of the parque central is this simply designed church. It wasn’t open during our short visit and I haven’t been able to find any information about it on the Web but it is a nice example of small village churches that are common in Guatemala.

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Flores Hotels

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  • La Lancha Lodge

    Lake Peten Itza, Flores, Guatemala

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Casona de la Isla

    Flores, Guatemala

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Peten Esplendido

    1A Calle 5-01 Zona 1, Flores, 00101, GT

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

Flores Restaurants

  • And thanks for all the fish...

    What a nice place! After some hard bus rides through Guatemala we stayed a few days on the wonderful island Flores. There we went EVERY night and some days even for lunch (too bad they dont do breakfast) to the Villa de chef restaurant. Right at the shore of this beautiful lake, with romantic sunsets almost garanteed and an atmosfere that is...

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  • Archeology and Mayan food

    The Cafe Arqueologico is like a meeting point for people who are interested in Mayan Culture or Archeology in general. The walls are full of photos of the work at the sites in the jungle, there is a collection of books about the Maya and you can book tours to the sites, too.At the time I stayed at Flores there was also a presentation about the maya...

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  • Beautiful Sunset Views (It's in the...

    This place is known for its views of the sunsets on the western part of the island, hence its name! The restaurant has a nice outdoor seating area in the back overlooking the lake, making it a great place to watch the sunset beyond the lake. The happy hour specials are pretty decent: 2 large Gallos for 18Q ($2.50), among others. The food wasn't bad...

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  • Eating Choice

    We did not eat here but the menu posted outside the door made us wish we had an extra night in Peten so we could try out the food. Based on our short walking tour of the south side of Flores, La Luna looks to be one of the nicer eating establishments. Based on the description in our Lonely Planet guidebook, we would have definitely given La Luna a...

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  • Best Dining is along Calle 30 de Junio

    As one crosses the causeway, and bears to the left, toward the north, there are a variety of fast food and cheap places to eat, that may also serve a beer and provide a view across the water. Further along, past a couple of internet cafes, toward the north side of the island, there are a couple of streets run parallel along the north side of the...

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  • Wholesome, but Plain

    In late November, it felt like there was one restaurant open in Flores for each visitor. It is tricky to choose between so many empty places, and a little sad too.Anyway, Villa del Chef prides itself on cleaning all ingredients, and the outside dining room looked cute. The fried chicken and fries were as plain as can be, but the place did feel very...

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Flores Nightlife

  • Nice Watering Hole

    We stumbled upon this place on our foray into Flores from Santa Elena where we were staying. They serve a great mojito and you can sit at a table with a nice view of the lake. It’s situated such that it looks over the lake towards the west so it’s a perfect place to watch the sunset. At that time the place was pretty quiet but I can imagine that it...

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  • Christmas Street Marimba

    On Christmas Eve, we wandered the streets of Flores at night and came across old men playing traditional Guatemalan music on traditional instruments--marimba and snare drum. This was not a money making effort, but a celebration of the holiday. The music tradition of the Mayans is now heavily influenced by European and African influences. Other...

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Flores Transportation

  • From Flores to Antigua

    As I didn’t have a guidebook for Guatemala and because the journey was long and included changes in Guatemala City I decided to book the shuttle service at one of the offices in Flores for the trip between Flores and Antigua. It was 250 quetzales (July 2009). The bus was supposed to leave Flores at 9.20 but it didn’t arrive until later. In Flores...

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  • To Tikal from Flores

    It is easy to book transport from Flores to Tikal. I booked from the hotel the evening before going and I booked a seat on the 5am bus, the first bus leaving in the morning. The return trip was 60 quetzales (July 2009).The bus drives around Flores and I was picked up outside my hotel at 5.15. When we arrived in Tikal the bus stopped at Jaguar Inn...

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  • To Flores from Copán Ruínas (Honduras)

    I took the first minibus in the morning leaving Copán for the border. It left at 6.00 and was 20 lempiras (July 2009). At the border the customs went quick as I was the only passenger from the minibus who needed to get my passport stamped. On the Guatemalan side the bus going to Chiquimula waited for me. For that bus I paid 25 quetzales. In...

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Flores Shopping

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    by atufft Written Dec 14, 2006

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    We visited a couple of good shops where the local vendors had very good stock on carved wooden masks (I bought a jaguar one), trinket souvenirs of all sorts, and Mayan woven clothing of varous sorts. My wife bargained for several cotton dresses with embroidered work, while I settled upon a jacket made from colored Mayan cotton. The jacket gets compliments every time I wear it to school.

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Flores Local Customs

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    by JessieLang Updated Jun 4, 2010

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    We saw breadnut trees in Yaxha. The nuts from this tree replaced corn in the Late Classic Period here. It is higher in nutrition than corn, and they made flour from it.

    You can buy cookies made from breadnut flour, but they aren’t very exciting.

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Flores Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime in Guatemala

    Guatemala has a terrible reputation for crime but in my opinion this was not evident in Flores. We felt totally safe for the for the duration we were there. Apparently Santa Elena (the neighbouring town) is a bit dodgy though - its the nearest place with an atm and I heard stories of people getting mugged at it.

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  • Let's Say That Swimming is NOT...

    I think that this sign says it all. This warning about crocs and alligators is posted at Petenchel Lagoon. I saw plenty of the small guys but they tell me that they have seen some up to 3 metres.

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  • Dangerous town

    I went to Flores with a group. Nice town but we heard gun shots at 5am. Just don't go in the streets after 10pm because you will see street gangs and, if you're bad lucked like us, you will hear gun shots.

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Flores What to Pack

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    by atufft Written Jul 6, 2007

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The CDC and WHO both see a risk of malaria in the Peten region of Guatemala, but we didn't see much risk in Flores itself. We skipped the malaria pills and used repellent without any concern during our two week trip in the region. But, then we stayed in an air-conditioned hotel, an important step in avoiding pesty mosquitoes anyway. Most of the Flores Hotels have window a/c units. We found more problems with mosquitoes at Tikal.

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Flores Off The Beaten Path

  • El Portal de Yaxha - It's where to eat

    This is actually a restaurant tip, but it is too far from Flores to list there. However, if you are visiting Yaxha (or going past on your way to Belize) it's the perfect place for lunch. El Portal de Yaxha is an open-air restaurant under a thatched roof, located on the main road near the turnoff to the site. Music was playing, and the chicken with...

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  • Yaxha

    Yaxha is about 1/3 the size of Tikal, and much less visited. The name means Green Water. The Palace of the Red Hands is over 90 ft. tall, and the view from it is great. The Acropolis is opposite the Palace, and two unexcavated mounds are on the other two sides. They have been excavating Yaxha for the last 15 years, but they are only 10%...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Flores Favorites

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    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Santa Elena is the working part of the city and houses all the bus stations, banks, and the airport. This makes the island of Flores a nicer city but if you need to get something done, like get money out of an ATM, then you have to cross the bridge.

    Santa Elena

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