Flores was our first taste of Guatemala. After nearly three weeks on Caye Caulker it was a huge difference to enter this small town in Guatemala. Once again, we had to adjust our minds and ears to the Spanish language and our eyes to the old, colorful towns – a huge difference from the Caribbean paradise we left.
We instantly liked Flores. We stayed in the old part of Flores which is located on a small island in Lago Petén Itzá - a beautiful lake.
We were surprised how small the island actually is. Before long we’d walked the entire island and seen almost everything it had to offer. We only stayed for two nights and spent one whole day at the Tikal ruins, but we still feel like we experienced enough of Flores.
Of course I brought my camera with us around in Flores and shot lots of photos. Here’s a taste of flores through my camera:
The lake is really beautiful and can be seen from almost everywhere on the island. The color is not as beautiful as the Caribbean Sea, but the green touch is really gorgeous.
We spent some time sitting by the lake and saw lots of people swimming in it, a million little fish and people sailing on the lake. They have the cutest little speed boats here, but we also saw people in paddle boats, rowboats and even a couple on jet skis. The people here really use the lake a lot.
Our hotel room had views over the lake which is really its only nice feature…
The town is obviously old, but it adds a lot of charm. All over the town you’ll find narrow streets and they look so extremely charming. The center of the island is the highest point and all the little streets lead you to the highest point.
Once on the top you can see the town’s old church and enjoy the nice view over the lake and the city. From there, the town looks a little worn and much poorer than how it looks from the streets by the lake:
Here, you won’t find much tourists – they all seem to stay down by the lake. We met only local people up here, and everybody sent us lots of warm and happy smiles. The people here seem so nice!
Coming down to the lake again, we really had seen all of Flores Island. It’s incredibly small, but even so people still use little tuk tuks to get around and cars are also everywhere. We even took a tuk tuk from the nearby town Santa Elena – it was so much fun and incredibly cheap, we paid 10 quetzales (a little over $1 USD) for a 10 minute ride!
We also saw lots of police, which makes it seem more safe. Some parts of Guatemala might be dangerous, but Flores is certainly not one of those.
We found the food to be incredibly yummy. The prices were also reasonable although Flores is definitely not the cheapest part of Guatemala to be in.
The locals treated us well, and we even had a minor conversation with a woman who told us she had a Danish friend named Tobias that she had met while he was in Flores two years ago, learning Spanish and staying at her hotel for 5 weeks. She even showed us her conversations with him on Facebook – hah! Our Spanish is improving, we understood this lovely lady (a huge success!).
We can’t wait to show you more of wonderful Guatemala.
Celia Schow is one of the founders of NomadicDanes.com. Her goal in life is to live a rich life full of experiences and great memories.