Flores on Lake Petén Itzá is slow-paced village
with Caribbean sensibility,
and friendly people ....
is situated on an island on Lake Petén Itzá and
connected by a causeway to it's sister town of Santa Elena; 45 minutes by road from Parque NationalTikal and 2 hours from Cayo District in Belize.
Flores is the natural starting point for a visit to Petén’s wild interior, as it is the region’s transportation and services hub.
View from "El Mirador"
Explore cobble-stone streets flanked by handicraft stores and charming houses,
many of which are small hotels, guesthouses
Good places to eat
are easy to find in Flores. Order up your favorite
international cuisine or go Guatemalan
looking for a taste adventure.
stay open 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.
SHOW - DESCRIPTIONS
Causeway into Flores
Catholic Church - Central Plaza
Flores Street View
Lake View from
Hotel La Casona de la Isla
Open-air market in Santa Elena
Three-Wheel Taxi (Tuc-Tuc)
Lake View from
Hotel La Casona del Lago
"Launcha" on Lake
Side street in Flores
Dining in Flores
Fabrics from Flores
Things to Do
Lake Petén Itzá -
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 "Museo" offers a personal collection of Maya and other artifacts. The museum is located on a small island, a short distance from Flores.
ARCAS - The
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.
El Mirador - Motor
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",
Santa Elena -
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
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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.
Canopy Tour -There are two places that offer adventure rides, such as hanging from a harness and sliding down wires attached between trees. Canopy Tour Tikal is located judy outside the Tikal main gate.
In addition to Zip-Line Tours, they also have Hanging Bridges which is excellent for Wildlife Spotting. The second is Ixpanpajul - a 5 minutes drive from Flores, which has a canopy tour and suspension bridges. In addition, they offer horseback riding.
Mayan Ruins - Tikal &Yaxhá are the most frequented
sites from Flores.
Where to Stay in Flores ....
Casona de la Isla Picturesque lakeside
hotel in Flores with jacuzzi and pool. Open-air restaurant and bar, Cable TV, phone, AC.
Hotel Isla de Flores Luxury and comfort in the heart of Flores. Each room has two queen-size beds, AC, Cable TV, phone and shower-bath-tub.
Hotel Petén Lakeside
hotel with comfortable rooms, many with a direct lake views; jacuzzi and indoor pool. Open-air restaurant and bar, Cable TV, phone, AC.
This charming, modestly priced nine-room Guesthouse is located on the shore of Lake Petén and boasts some of the best views of the lake in Flores.
Hotel La Casona del Lago
A well appointed Caribbean-style, lakeside hotel situated on the shores of Santa Elena with 32 rooms, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Restaurant & Bar.
Hotel Petén Espléndido
This upscale lakeside hotel is located in Santa Elena just off the causeway; with 62 rooms, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Restaurant & Bar.
Flores - Tikal by-Air
Visit Tikal by day from Belize and still be on-time for your same day, return-air-transport .... or dine and spend the evening in Flores/with overnight and enjoy the ambience of Flores. See Tikal-By-Air Options from San Pedro-Belize & Guatemala City.