"Flores, the Island Town on Lake Peten Itza" Top 5 Page for this destination Flores by calcaf38

Flores Travel Guide: 73 reviews and 202 photos

Flores is an attractive small town squeezed on a tiny island on Lake Peten Itza. It is linked to the shore by a short causeway. On the shore is the larger but less fancy town of Santa Elena.

Flores and Santa Elena constitute the largest city in the province of El Peten, and, to most visitors, the gateway to Tikal.

Flores is built on a grid system, with a Parque Central on a hill and a sort of beach all around with restaurants and cafes. Opposite Flores on the other side of the lake, you can climb a mirador with a good view. Santa Elena is also worth a visit through its bustling market.

Flores is a tourist destination, but less intensely so than Antigua Guatemala. Flores is harder to reach, hotter, and buggier. This tends to screen out the dreaded "luxury traveler".

In my experience, it is perfectly fine to arrive in Flores without reservations or preparations for your visit to Tikal. The town - and what it has to offer - is easy to grasp. There are several internet cafes in Flores.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Pervasive torpor, but with a light breeze
  • Cons:Not enough tourists to satisfy all providers
  • In a nutshell:El sabor primaveral del Peten
  • Last visit to Flores: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    what an amusing and interesting page - i got the feel of this town with all its quirks, and it seems to have many quirks

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2008 at 2:43 AM

    Great page :) The hotel looks lovely and the town very photogenic and ripe for exploration. Guatamala's on my wish-list - like most of Central America!

  • Mar 22, 2008 at 7:14 AM

    Great picture!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Really nice page - and the hotel looks very nice, but I can imagine bugs and all sorts coming up out of that water or environment at night?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    A fine-looking island town. Glad to hear it's hot and buggy enough to screen out the dreaded "luxury traveler". Cool Beans is the first coffee place I have heard of that provides a free shower and free condoms -- can you imagine Starbucks doing that?

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 7:58 PM

    "Don't look now" but you've made a good page. Makes me wish I would've spent some time here. Thank you!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    A beautiful opening view from the mirador! Too bad we didn't have time to squeeze Flores in on our Tikal trip, but it was a joy to read your page. It really is a lush looking spot and I agree, it is nice to swap travel stories with other visitors!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2007 at 4:39 PM

    great tips!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 9:29 PM

    I wish people would stop smugling animals. I get so upset with that! Great page here though ;-)


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