Flores is a captivating town where quaint cobblestone streets wind around a small hill and swaying palm trees stand beside pastel-colored buildings. It’s a place to visit colonial landmarks and take boat trips on the lake’s emerald water. Flores occupies an island called Flores Island and is connected to the mainland by a short causeway.
Flores’ compact size makes it a perfect place to explore on foot. Situated in the heart and highest point of the town is the elegant Catedral de Flores, home to a revered icon of the Black Christ. The cathedral overlooks Parque Central, a great place sit, relax and people-watch. Go to nearby CINCAP Museum to find exhibits on the archaeological sites and ancient cultures of the Petén region. Located in a centuries-old fortress, the museum also houses the handicraft shops of Mayan artisans.
Wander along the quiet streets, which zigzag down toward the lakeshore. The town’s colorful cubist houses conjure up images of a sleepy Caribbean or Mediterranean village. Many of the houses are also cafés, restaurants and hotels. Find one with a rooftop terrace, order a coffee or chicken pepian, a dish with a spicy vegetable and sesame sauce, and enjoy uninterrupted lake views.
Go to the waterfront, where a promenade travels around the town’s perimeter. Take a refreshing swim in the warm lake water. At the town’s pier boats depart regularly on tours of Lake Petén Itzá. Spot macaws, ocelots, pumas and spider monkeys at Zoologico Penecito and visit the small community of San Miguel. Rent a kayak and explore the lake at your own pace.
Flores is a 15-minute drive from Mundo Maya International Airport, which receives flights from Guatemala City and Belize City. You’ll find guesthouses, hostels and hotels to suit all budgets. Alternatively, stay in Santa Elena, Flores’ sister town situated across the causeway.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Tikal National Park, a vast jungle home to the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. It’s just a 1-hour bus ride from Flores.
Historical Buildings, Ruins and Nature
Take a step back in time as you discover a magnificent collection of Mayan palaces and temples set amid a jungle.
This humble whitewashed cathedral is home to a revered Black Christ and is a great starting point for exploring Flores’ picturesque streets and waterfront.
Explore Guatemala's main attraction with this adventure to the ancient Mayan settlement Tikal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches over 222 square miles is as significant as it is photogenic.
Explore Guatemala's main historic attraction with this adventure to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. Follow a local guide to the site's famous landmarks, see the tropical wildlife in the Central American jungle, and immerse yourself in the world of one of the great civilizations of the Americas.
The Mayan City of Tikal is a UNESCO world Heritage site. Once a powerful seat of the Mayan empire, Tikal is now the most famous cultural and natural preserve and archeological site in Guatemala and one of the most-visited sets of Mayan ruins in all of Latin America.
Explore the deep and mysterious jungles of Petén, where several ruins lay hidden underneath the thick forest canopy. You can visit two of the great ancient Mayan cities that held a great influence during the classic era of Mesoamerica and constitute some of the most iconic locations in Guatemala.
Explore the deep and mysterious jungles of Petén, where a great many ruins lay hidden within its thick canopies. Discover 2 ancient Mayan cities that had great influence during the Classic Era of Mesoamerica, and constitute one of the most historically rich locations in Guatemala.
Visit the mysterious Mayan city of Yaxha, an ancient collection of buildings amid the dense vegetation of the Guatemalan jungle. Delve into the place's history with the help of your expert local guide and explore the pyramids, altars, and numerous stelae of this grand civilization's remains.