What to do when you visit Flores?

Flores (Peten, Guatemala) top tourist activities

You’ve probably heard about the Tikal ruins (if not, read more about visiting this important Mayan site) since it’s the most popular tourist activity in Flores, but maybe you’re not so sure what else you can do while you’re in town? We’ve got you covered! Check out some of our suggestions for awesome activities to do around Peten that will make your visit to Flores truly memorable.

Click the links below for full details & local tips on each activity!

Explore San Miguel, located just a few minutes boat ride from Flores, where you can relax with other travelers at Jorge’s Rope Swing, swim in the clear waters at Chechenal beach, enjoy beautiful views from the El Mirador lookout point, or visit Las Arcas wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Craving some time in the water and nature? Try a day trip to El Remate for an easy and relaxing location to enjoy the lake and surrounding nature, or head to Crater Azul to visit a less traveled natural wonder of Guatemala.

Interested in Mayan history and looking for a more adventurous experience? The ruins at Yaxha are less touristy than Tikal, but can still be accessed in an easy day trip, and you can even camp overnight in the park. For something truly unique, the El Mirador hike takes you on a 5 or 6 day adventure into the Guatemalan jungle to visit La Danta, the largest temple in the world!

If shopping is more your style, you can stroll across the bridge into Santa Elena town and visit the local marketplace for fruits & veggies, electronics, and clothing. For thrift shop lovers, the Megapaca second hand clothing store has a huge selection at super cheap prices.

Want to brush up on your Spanish? Dos Mundos Spanish School is a great choice with excellent teachers and one-on-one instruction. Whether you have just a few hours, several days, or several weeks, there are options for every schedule, including homestays. You can see their website with all the details here.

Short on time? Just enjoy Flores! The island is small, cozy, and relaxed, featuring many delicious restaurants (check out our restaurant guide for tips) and tiny shops around the perimeter, and welcomes tourists from all over the world every day. With its colorful architecture and sloping cobblestone streets, Flores is a photographers dream, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets over lake Peten-Itza. Grab a drink at one of the many rooftop terraces, or just head down to the benches that run along the waterline and enjoy the view. If you visit during rainy season, you might see clouds but that won’t ruin the view because you’ll also get to enjoy the impressive invasion of golondrinas, birds that migrate here seasonally and circle in flocks over the water at sunset, blanketing the sky, before eventually perching for the night along every telephone wire and rooftop ledge in Flores. 

Need any help with tours, transport, or any questions for your trip to Flores? Check out our page and contact us for any assistance 🙂

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