Pervasive torpor, but with a light breeze
Flores is a must see pueblo in the Peten region of Guatemala
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.more
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.
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...more
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%...more
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.