"The Spectacular Island Pueblo of Flores" Top 5 Page for this destination Flores by atufft

Flores Travel Guide: 72 reviews and 202 photos

Flores is across the causeway from Santa Elena

The causeway was built before the Spanish arrived by Mayan who found refuge in the cool breezes of Lago Peten Itza. The town has a slightly cosmopolitan aire relative to its working class neighbors, Santa Elena and San Benito, where most of the regions commerce is actually conducted. On Christmas Eve, we arrived at Santa Elena at 8pm, having taken a 5 hour bus ride on a mostly gravel road from Bethel, on the Mexican border. We simply walked our wheeled luggage across the causeway and found a place to stay.

Flores has steep streets that rise to a hilltop

The island is crowded and rises to a hilltop where there's a central plaza. Around the edges of the island pueblo are small hotels and restaurants. On the causeway side of the island is a small port of commercial value, and on the opposite side, one can find small boats for a ride upon Lago Peten.

Santa Elena is the commercial neighbor

On the opposite end of the causeway is Santa Elena, the larger less infamous neighboring pueblo where the areas transportation hub, banks, and larger hotels are located. Prior to our visit, only VT member Blatherwick had made any significant contribution about the lovely town of Flores. After my visit in winter, the intreped willy_wonka followed in summer, and then upon my recommendation calcaf38 came through and continued on through to Sayaxche and Coban by public service van as we had.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Excellent base for a visit to Tikal
  • Cons:Browsing for the right hotel can be difficult during high season
  • In a nutshell:Flores is a must see pueblo in the Peten region of Guatemala
  • Last visit to Flores: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 21, 2007
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  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Looks like a beautiful hidden gem. Thanx for sharing!

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Looks like you like the "off the tourist trail " places as much as we do.. Nice tips on Flores!!

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 9:19 AM

    Great tips on Flores. We're going in June and thinking of staying in Flores as a base for Tikal. Thanks!

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