Flores makes for a great base to explore the Mayan treasures - the island village is 40 miles away from Tikal which can be reached in 45 – 60 minutes.

Things to do - general

The charming streets and alleys of Flores make for a great base to explore the surrounding Mayan treasures of this region of Guatemala. Flores is a small island village on Lake Peten Itza which was built over the old city of Tayasal and hosts lots of restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, handicraft and souvenir stores, Internet caffee’s, etc. The city of Flores is geared towards the tourists that are visiting the ruins of Tikal. This splendid Mayan site is 65km (40 miles) away from Flores and reachable by bus or car in 45 – 60 minutes.

Nearby towns of Santa Elena and San Benito offer a somewhat more authentic Guatemalan experience, but they also receive more traffic and aren’t as neatly kept as Flores. You can easily walk the city and at sunset enjoy a drink or an appetizer in one of the restaurants along the lake. Other activities besides the Mayan ruins include shopping for textiles and woodwork, but one can also take a canopy tour, rent a canoe or bicycle or hire a boat on the lake. Most tourists take a short flight from Guatemala City to Flores, but one can also take a bus or arrive by rental car.

The Island of Flores is located on Lake Peten Itza and the city dates from 9th century. It was formerly called Tayasal. In the 15th century, Pedro de Alvarado arrived on the Island while on a trip to Honduras. He gave King Canek a Spanish horse, which the Mayas treated almost like a god. After several failed attempts to convert the natives to Christianity, the Spaniards destroyed Tayasal in 16th century and it was then abandoned until the 18th century. The Island was then named after Cirilo Flores, one of the first Guatemaltecos to call for independence from the Colonial powers.

Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores

Flores Island
Price per night from $ 110.00
The Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores hotel offers 45 comfortable rooms on the Island of Flores and next to Lake Peten Itza with some rooms having a view onto the lake.

Isla de Flores

Flores Island
Hotel Isla de Flores is among the most luxurious hotels on the island. The island of Flores is a small island in the middle of the Peten-Itza lake.

Hotel Del Patio

Santa Elena
Hotel Del Patio is located only a few steps from Lake Peten Itza in Santa Elena and hotels colonial architecture combines with convenience and comfort.

Peten Esplendido

Santa Elena
The Hotel Peten Esplendido is only a short distance from the Tikal Airport and located lakeside in front of the Island of Flores in Guatemala.

Casa Azul

Flores Island
Casa Azul features rooms with A/C and shared terraces overlooking Peten Itza Lake on the North side of Flores Island.

Casona de la Isla

Flores Island
Casona de la Isla is among the few hotels on the Island of Flores offering 26 rooms with air-conditioning and a beautiful view of the lake.

Casona del Lago

Santa Elena
Casona del Lago sits on the shores of Lake Peten Itza in Santa Elena and is facing Flores Island including an outdoor pool and hot tub.

Survivor Advanced

Price per person from $ 480
Survivor Advanced - Guatemala Vacation Package. Includes 4 days / 3 nights discovering destinations of Flores, El Zotz and Tikal.