flanked by handicraft stores and charming houses,
many of which are small hotels, guesthouses
in Flores. Order up your favorite
international cuisine or go Guatemalan
looking for a taste adventure.
well into the evening and you can purchase
garments, fabrics and other take-home items,
including T-shirts and local
hard-wood carvings fashioned
after indigenous wildlife.
Things to Do
Going anywhere on Lake Petén Itzá is a very pleasant
affair. You can hire a "launcha" (wooden motorboat)
to visit the zoo on the small island of Petencito.
The "" offers a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts. The museum is located on a small island, a short distance from Flores.
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de Rescate y Consevación de Vida Silvestre (ARCAS)
is a wildlife rescue center.
Animals being cared for include - macaws, green and yellow
parrots, jaguars, howler and spider monkeys, kinkajous and
coatimundis that have been rescued from smugglers in the illegal
pet trade. At the center, the animals are rehabilitated for
their hopeful release back into the wild.
to San Miguel and hike up the steps to "El
Mirador" (The View) for an unforgettable panoramic view
of Lake Petén Itzá. On the other side of the
island there is a secluded beach area, "la playa",
take a 3 wheel taxi (Tuc-Tuc) for less then a dollar and cross the island causeway into Santa Elena and
experience the bustling streets of Santa Elena and it's sprawling
market areas. Here you can try your hand at
bartering for locally produced fabrics, phone accessories,
sunglasses, watches, bootleg cd's and other local and regionally
At the edge of Santa Elena town, there is an easily accessible
(by taxi) cave attraction, which is maintained
by INGUAT. It is quite large and takes around 45 minutes to
have a good look around and complete the well-lit, circular route.
A flashlight is provided to explore unlit areas. Well-marked trail system
highlight some interesting formations that resemble animals and people, plus plenty of stalactites and stalagmites.
Mayan Ruins - Tikal & Yaxhá are the most frequented
sites from Flores.
Spend a day in and around Flores ...
Video Highlights - Ride a 3 wheel tuc-tuc to Santa Elena and visit the always bustling market place. It was the day before, Christmas Eve and like many places, the town was jam packed with shoppers.
Return to Flores, take a short lake tour to include the "Museo" a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts; Then on to "El Mirador" for impressive panoramic views of Lake Petén Itzá.