Flores

Travel to Flores, Guatemala with the experts at Enjoy Guatemala! Flores is a great place to vacation because it is close to many significant Mayan ruins, such as Tikal!

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.

10 days - Mayan Treasures

10 days - Mayan Treasures

Prices starting at  US$1,347
Get the most of the ancient history of Guatemala with this Mayan ruins vacation package. Spend 10 days seeing the most impressive ruins in the country.
10 days - Taste of Guatemala

10 days - Taste of Guatemala

Prices starting at  US$1,175
See the most amazing locations on your Guatemala travel adventure! The Taste of Guatemala is one of our best vacation packages to see the entire country.
16 Days Vacation Package

16 Days Vacation Package

Prices starting at  US$2,245
Spend 16 days on your Guatemala Vacation! See all of guatemala on this long vacation deal. Many meals and lodging are included in this amazing travel package!
4 days - Survivor Advanced

4 days - Survivor Advanced

Prices starting at  US$480
If you are looking adventure travel in Guatemala, this is a fantastic 4 day vacation idea. Walk and camp in the jungle for 3 nights, seeing beautiful Mayan sites!
4 days - Survivor Intermediate

4 days - Survivor Intermediate

Prices starting at  US$545
Spend your Guatemala vacation in the jungles! For 3 nights, 4 days you will see wildlife, camp in the rainforest, and experience some of the greatest ruins in the world.
4 days - Survivor Moderate

4 days - Survivor Moderate

Prices starting at  US$808
This Flores vacation package is fun and active! For 4 days, 3 nights you will experience ruins, rainforest hikes, and some of the most beautiful sights in Guatemala.
Wonders of the Mayan World Tour

Wonders of the Mayan World Tour

Prices starting at  US$472
Wonders of the Mayan World Tour: Great opportunity to understand more about the lives of the Mayas and to have a better look at this ancient society.
Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores

Ramada Tikal Isla de Flores

Flores Island, Flores
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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

Isla de Flores

Flores Island, Flores
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

Hotel Del Patio

Santa Elena, Flores
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

Peten Esplendido

Santa Elena, Flores
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

Casa Azul

Flores Island, Flores
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

Casona de la Isla

Flores Island, Flores
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

Casona del Lago

Santa Elena, Flores
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.