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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Laguna Quexil, Desarrollo de Tayasal, Santa Elena, Peten
The price is £263 per night

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 1 Mar 2020

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 2 Feb 2020

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
The price is £226 per night

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 24 Feb 2020

Bolontiku Boutique Hotel

Popular places to visit in Flores

Tikal
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Tikal

4.5/5(7 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

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

Top things to do in Flores

Tikal Archaeological Site Full-Day Tour
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Tikal Archaeological Site Full-Day Tour

£104
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Tikal Tour (from Flores or Tikal)
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Tikal Tour (from Flores or Tikal)

£92
Per adult
DANTA EL MIRADOR
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DANTA EL MIRADOR

£1,055
Per adult
TIKAL BY BUS
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TIKAL BY BUS

£267
Per adult
Ixpanpajul Full Day Tour (from Flores or Tikal)
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Ixpanpajul Full Day Tour (from Flores or Tikal)

£303
Per adult
Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small Group
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Tikal Sunset Tour from Flores in Small Group

£81
Per adult

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Santa Elena showing religious aspects, a church or cathedral and heritage architecture

Santa Elena

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