10 Things to Do in Flores That You Shouldn't Miss

August 8, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Discover the best top things to do in Flores, Guatemala including Ruinas de Uaxactun, Jorge's Rope Swing, Arqueologia Mesoamericana with Juan Bendfeldt, Ixpanpajul Nature Park, Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas, Catedral de Flores, Tikal Go, Historic Round Trip Tzimin Chac, Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan.
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1. Ruinas de Uaxactun

Al Norte de Tikal 23 km, Flores 17001, Guatemala
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
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4.5 based on 112 reviews

Ruinas de Uaxactun

Reviewed By Jamie W - Hong Kong, China

We did the sunset tour booked through Los Amigos. The ruins are interesting to see. We also really enjoyed watching (and hearing!) the plentiful howler monkeys before we reached the main temples. Unfortunately we did not see sunset and there were some issues involving other people in our tour group (basically they were wrongly told by their hostels what they should expect to pay in entry fees and their complaints held up the progress of our group) but it was still a worthwhile and fun experience.

2. Jorge's Rope Swing

North Shore, Flores, Guatemala +502 3196 3196
Excellent
81%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
6%
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1%
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Jorge's Rope Swing

Reviewed By seafare74 - SF, California

Jorge's rope swing is a well known spot and you can hire a boat to drop you there and pick you up later. it is great fun and safe enough because the lake is deep.

3. Arqueologia Mesoamericana with Juan Bendfeldt

El Remate, Peten, Flores 17022, Guatemala
Excellent
97%
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3%
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5 based on 29 reviews

Arqueologia Mesoamericana with Juan Bendfeldt

With over 14 years of experience in tourism as an official tour guide for the Maya World in Guatemala and over 8 years leading groups of tourists in 8 countries for different companies, Juan Bendfeldt is a science and history enthusiast working as a freelancer by offering his vast knowledge of the Ancient Maya in Tikal, Yaxha or other sites in Guatemala, Belize or Mexico.

Reviewed By kiwiyankee - New York

We stayed overnight at a hotel just outside the gates of Tikal. We walked around by ourselves late afternoon on arrival, once most of the tourists had gone for the day, nice and peaceful. Then next morning we went on a private tour with Juan. Having a good guide really made the site come alive and explained how the city functioned in it's heyday and theories of it's decline.
Juan was prompt and professional during correspondence to set up the tour and on the day of the tour. He knows his history and is personable. I recommend Juan if you would like the added value of seeing Tikal with a guide.

4. Ixpanpajul Nature Park

Km. 468, Flores 17001, Guatemala +502 4146 7557
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Ixpanpajul Nature Park

Reviewed By Kulbi - Thornhill, Canada

Beautiful jungle canopy walk via several hanging Bridges that afford an uncommon vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery around and below. Can be uncomfortable for those with a fear of heights, as the Bridges do tend to bounce and feel unstable despite being well-maintained and secure.
It is not a place for riding, if you are a rider. Horses are unresponsive to legs and seem to only trot if hit with a rope. This is not a style North Americans would appreciate and the saddles are uncomfortable with stirrups not able to be adjusted for a longer leg.

5. Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park

Parque Nacioal Yaxha, Flores 17001, Guatemala
Excellent
72%
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23%
Satisfactory
5%
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Cultural Triangle Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park

Reviewed By Matheu M - Truro, Massachusetts

Great site about an hour from Flores or Tikal. several excavated temples, pyrimids, assorted structures, as well as many unexcavated ones in a lush tropical lakeside setting. lots of wild life Great views from the tallest temple. It is 11 kilometers down a rough road up to this it's all paved.

6. Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

Avenida 15 de Marzo, Flores 17001, Guatemala +502 5699 3735
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

Estacion Biologica Las Guacamayas

Reviewed By Jacques1941 - New York City, New York

This is an exquisite location and was formerly a biological research station. There are 3 categories of rooms. The most luxurious ones are very large and beautifully appointed with wonterful animal carvings and custom furniture. The meals are simple. The electricity is only on in the evening beginning at 5:000 pm. The station sits on a beautiful river. One can go fishing or visit archaeological sites or see where red macaws nest.

7. Catedral de Flores

Flores, Guatemala
Excellent
16%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
43%
Poor
8%
Terrible
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3.5 based on 86 reviews

Catedral de Flores

Reviewed By Bozeman-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland

We spent just the one day in Flores rn route to Tikal and the Cathedral is the only attraction we visited.
It's very small and charming, a lovely old colonial building. It has some nice stained glass windows but to be honest there was not really that much to it.
Definitely worth a call if you are in Flores because the town is tiny and there's not much in it. A very nice church but nothing to get overly excited about.

8. Tikal Go

Flores 00100, Guatemala
Excellent
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5 based on 8 reviews

Tikal Go

We are the best tour operator to Tikal either from Flores Guatemala than from Belize. We provide you the best tour guides and the best transportation. We have one day or several day tours and we can personalized your tour.

Reviewed By Carlos C

During our vacations in Belize we wanted to pay a quick visit to Guatemala since we had seen the Morgan Freeman Story of God series filmed in part on Tikal. Some friends advised us an agency that is dedicated to such trips called Tikal Go and soon enough, we contacted them and quickly organized our tour from the hotel in San Ignacio Belize.
Tikal is simply majestic, and is one of the beauties in this world, it was definitely worth the trip up there, approximately 2 hours by road plus 4hr inside the park. The temples, the animals, the vegetation transported us to another dimension and reminded us that we are children of the earth.
Excellent Food, Cristian, our guide, with his perfect English, very prepared. We recommend this tour as it added the Mayan magic to our trip.

9. Historic Round Trip Tzimin Chac

San Miguel | Parte oeste del Malecon de Flores, Flores 17001, Guatemala
Excellent
91%
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Historic Round Trip Tzimin Chac

Tourist raft "Tzimin Chac" leaves daily, every hour on the hour from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm from a dock at the west site of the island of Flores, Guatemala (National Heritage). The panoramic trip alongside the shore of the island and on Lake Peten Itza takes around 45 minutes. Apart of taking spectacular pictures from the water site, passengers have the opportunity to listen to an interesting recording on board. Both in English and in Spanish, they obtain facts and information about Flores, the lake and also hear the impressive Maya history of this area (Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquest & King Kanek of the Maya Itzá, the crime of the Franciscan monks, the legend of the famous “Horse of Thunder”, etc.). Typical Guatemalan Marimba background music makes this trip a relaxing, safe and pleasant experience.

Reviewed By jokerji - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Historic - only if you speak Spanish.. It did sound like someone was yelling at the streets trying to sell you something if you don't understand Spanish. Well, you are in Guatemala and better learn some Gautemalan er Spanish... We didn't.
However, it is a beautiful ride around the beautiful island of Flores...

10. Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan

Flores, Guatemala
Excellent
48%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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4 based on 13 reviews

Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan

Reviewed By Jebbie1982

Three of us visited the Cuevas de Ak'tun Kan in early November 2014 after finding it in the Lonely Planet for Guatemala. It was described as an opportunity to try spelunking and it was definitely an adventurous activity! You pay about £2 to enter the caves and about £1 to hire a torch. We were totally unprepared and turned up in flip flops; I would recommend that other visitors wear trainers and definitely carry water with them (it is very hot inside the cave system). We spent about 2 hours in the caves; you go in without a guide and simply get to explore. The cave system is HUGE and there is ample of opportunity to get very lost and "go off the map". It's important to try and remember your route and come back the same way that went in, although this can be quite tricky at times. We ended up getting a bit lost, but luckily stumbled over the entrance again, just as the cave "owner" came to search for us. Would definitely recommend for adventure travelers.

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