Planning to visit the Mayan ruins of Tikal? Flores, a beautiful little town located on an island in Lago de Petén Itza in Guatemala, is a great place to stay.

The empty restaurants and cobbled streets give it a slightly twee feel, but the stunning views of the lake, and proximity to the ruins, attract backpackers from all over the world.

Cobbled streets of Flores, Guatemala - Tikal ruins - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cobbled streets of Flores, Guatemala – Tikal ruins – Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to stay

Hostel Los Amigos is the only hostel in Flores and is a great place to meet fellow travellers. Dorms cost from 45Q and privates from 120Q. The alfresco social areas are excellent, with a restaurant and bar serving cheap cocktails and heart-warming food.

What to do

  • Visit Tikal: Tours cost from 115Q. This includes transportation from your hostel, entrance fee and a tour guide. TOP TIP Some people don’t bother with a guide as it’s slightly cheaper – but make sure you do! You’ll learn so much more about the ruins and get a better understanding of Mayan culture.

Visit the Tikal ruins, Guatemala - Flores Guatemala - Fabulous Travel Guide

  • Hike El Mirador: Discover one of the oldest Mayan cities in Central America as you trek through the jungle on a 5-day tour. Tours from Hostel Los Amigos cost from 300USD per person and include food, water, transport, camping equipment and guides.

Planning a trip to Guatemala? Visit the beautiful Semuc Champey or go cliff jumping in Lake Atitlan.