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FloresGuatemala

Set on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, this pretty island town presents a Mediterranean-style charm and is a gateway to the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal. 

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.

Top Hotels in Flores

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Laguna Quexil, Desarrollo de Tayasal, Santa Elena, Peten
The price is NT$8,112 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Maya Mall, Central Park, and Flores Dock. Biotopo Cerro Cahui is 16.6 mi (26.7 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (115 reviews)

"Very quiet, great staff, hotel will arrange tours and shuttles for you. Great food. Staff works to get you know you personally."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/1

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Hotel Camino Real Tikal
4 out of 5
Lote 77, Parcelamiento Tayasal, San Jose Peten, Peten

This family-friendly San Jose Peten hotel is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of Maya Biosphere Reserve and Biotopo Cerro Cahui. Maya Mall and Tikal ...

4.2/5Very Good! (285 reviews)

"Luxurious accommodations and service in the middle of the jungle. Literally"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/2

Hotel Camino Real Tikal
Bolontiku Boutique Hotel
Bolontiku Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Km 18.3 Carretera a San Andres Peten, Punta Piedra, San Andres, Peten
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$6,783 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated near the airport, in San Andres, this beach hotel is in the same region as Lost World Pyramid.

4.8/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)

"Amazing hotel ! Great small apart with view on the lake A must if you have one night before or after Tikal"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/24

Bolontiku Boutique Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Flores

Flores Hotel Boutique
Flores Hotel Boutique
4 out of 5
Zona 0, Calle Fraternidad, Flores, Peten
The price is NT$2,911 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Flores, this aparthotel is steps from Lake Petén Itzá and Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Flores Dock and Maya Mall are also within 15 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (73 reviews)
Small and very nice - great value

"Nice, small and clean and very spacious - perfect value"…"

Reviewed on 2020/2/16

Flores Hotel Boutique
Luxury Lake House
Luxury Lake House
Calle la Union, Flores, Petén Department

Situated in Flores, this vacation home is steps from Lake Petén Itzá and Las Guacamayas Biological Station. Flores Dock and Maya Mall are also within 15 ...

Luxury Lake House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Flores

Tikal
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Tikal

5/5(112 reviews)

Take a step back in time as you discover a magnificent collection of Mayan palaces and temples set amid a jungle.

Church of Our Lady of the Remedies
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Church of Our Lady of the Remedies

4/5(14 reviews)

This humble whitewashed cathedral is home to a revered Black Christ and is a great starting point for exploring Flores’ picturesque streets and waterfront.

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5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 5, 2019

This is such a great city with amazing food and quite a few shops where you can stop in and book excursions even at the last minute. Don’t miss the burritos they sell in the street. They are amazing!!

5/5 - Excellent

Wil

Jul 24, 2019

great, fun city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

Flores is a beautiful island. A lot of people said you only need one day here, but I could have easily stayed for 3-4 days. You can visit Tikal, walk around the town, take a trip across the lake, watch the sunrise/sunset, visit museum/archaeology sit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 24, 2019

Definitely will be back!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 9, 2019

Nice town, next to the lake, very hot the first week in May.

5/5 - Excellent

Ty

Apr 30, 2019

Flores is a great small busy town with a young crowd, energetic, on the lake, and great food.

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