Flores is one of the oldest inhabited towns in the Americas. The original island town of Nojpetén was built in the 13th century by the Mayan Itza on Lake Peten Itza (or Lago de Petén Itzá). Nojpetén was later colonized by the Spanish in the late 17th century. Today, the modern city of Flores straddles the old island town as well as its twin city of Santa Elena on the mainland, and the municipality of San Benito that stretches out to the west. Santa Elena is the more modern part of town. The old town has a quaint charm of its own with terraced houses and parts of the waterfront promenade overlooking the Lake Peten Itza.
Ancient Mayan History
Lake Peten Itza
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Bolontiku, a 30-minutes boat ride from Flores, offers you a comfortable stay by Lake Petén Itzá. The term, ‘Bolontiku’, is an ancient Mayan word for a galaxy of nine gods who offered advice and prophecies to those seeking them.
Hotel Isla de Flores is located in the heart of the old island town just two blocks away from Lake Petén Itzá. If you prefer to truly experience local life and flavors, then this is just the place for you.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is located about 15 minutes away from the Mundo Maya International Airport. The lodge’s wooden bungalows on stilts are housed within its private forest reserve extending to the lake’s edge.
Prepare for a bird’s eye view over the treetops and witness the beauty of jungle life in this exciting journey. In this thrilling canopy tour you will cover a distance of more than one kilometer as you zip along nearly 40 meters above the ground. You’ll slide across nine zip lines and ten platforms on the way. Part of the tour has you glide over the road for a while before you are back in the mysterious jungle. You will be secured with high quality equipment that is assuredly safe. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy; Anyone over the age of four can participate in this activity.)
Discovery Tour and Picnic Lunch at Yaxha National Park
Get off to an early start from your hotel in Flores as you set out for Yaxha National Park. Pay attention as your private guide outlines details about the archaeological site where a bustling city once stood. Take in the spectacular views from vantage spots as you listen to interesting snippets of information about the individual structures. Keep an eye out for different indigenous species of animals such as spider monkeys and colorful birds as the site is located in a unique biosphere reserve. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Picnic lunch included; Fitness Level: Easy)
Canopy Tour or Skywalk at Ixpanpajul Nature Park
Head out of your hotel in Flores for a rainforest adventure at the Ixpanpajul Nature Park. Zoom across the treetops on a sturdy zipline as you take enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beauty of the flora and fauna at this protected forest. Have fun traversing across nine platforms connected with a safe and secure cable system. Saunter along the skywalk if you would rather not swing across the jungle as you enjoy the stunning vistas all around. Walk across spectacular suspension bridges and winding paths surrounded by the dense jungle with its many birds and abundant vegetation. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Fitness Level: Easy)
Boat Ride Adventure and Hike to Ceibal Archaeological Site
Travel by road to Sayaxche town located on the banks of the Pasión river. Hop aboard a boat and sail down this peaceful river into the rainforest on your way to the archeological site at Ceibal. Climb up the steep hillside to reach the site located in a forest of Ceiba trees from which its name is derived. Marvel at the intricate carvings on the stelae (stone columns) as well as an interesting circular monument thought to be an astrology platform. Rest a while as you eat your box lunch before preparing to return to your hotel in Flores by boat and then by road. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes Lunch Box; Fitness Level: Difficult; During the dry season, you may be able to skip the steep hike as we can provide land transport all the way to the site.)
Birdwatching Tour at Tikal National Park
Rise with the sun for an early start to your birdwatching tour in Tikal National Park. At the park, you will discover various species of birds among the magnificent monuments at the archaeological site located in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Spot birds such as the orange breasted falcon, black catbird, crested eagle, and mealy parrot in the dense jungle foliage. During the migratory season which brings large flocks of tanagers, warblers, and many other birds, the area is transformed into a colorful tropical paradise. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)
Birdwatching Tour and Lunch at Yaxha National Park
Embark on a birdwatching tour in Yaxha National Park, an important archaeological site. Pay attention to your personal birding guide who will point out unusual species of birds that inhabit this rich biosphere reserve. Watch out for hummingbirds, white bellied wrens, orange breasted falcons, and crested eagles to name a few. During migration season, you will have the opportunity to marvel at a stunning tropical paradise where warblers, tanagers, and other birds that gather here. Take some time to explore the ruins of an ancient city. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration around 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfers; Includes lunch without drinks; Fitness Level: Easy)
Enjoy a Picnic Lunch at Tikal National Park From Flores
Get off to an early start from Flores on this exciting trip to Tikal National Park. Enjoy the guided tour with your local expert as you learn more about this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. You will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the various magnificent temples that rise through the jungle canopy. Keep an eye out for the tropical animals and birds that can be seen in their natural habitat. Relish a sumptuous picnic lunch in the shadows of these ancient temples. Afterward you are free to explore the ruins at your own pace. (Full Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 7 hrs; 07:00-14:00; Private Activity & Transfers; Picnic lunch included; Fitness Level: Easy; The earliest pickup time is 0530 hrs. Please let us know if you would like to advance your pickup time.)