Flores, Guatemala

Bike Trip Rio Dulce 474Flores is a tiny island in Lake Peten Itza in Guatemala. It’s about an hour from Tikal and several people have said it’s a cute place to stop. You ride over a causeway from the town of Santa Elena to get to the island. And there are no hotels that have parking for the bikes, so I won’t be staying but stop over for lunch instead.
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The island is hilly and at the top I find the main church and a community park. Some locals are hanging out at a tienda (snack shop) and are watching a soccer game on tv.
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I wander down the narrow cobblestoned street to the waters edge and have to avoid the tuk tuks coming up the hill.
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The view from above was nice.
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The shoreline of the island is lined with hostels and cafes and bars.
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And at the northern side the road is closed because the water from the lake is a meter and a half higher than its normal high. Considering that rainy season starts in the next few weeks, I assume it will only get worse.
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Brian and I decide to go for a boat ride on the lake and Carlos and his son Manuel are our tour guides.
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We leave Flores and head over to the north shore and Carlos gives us some history and facts on the way. We stop along the shore to see his family and home. His grandsons are playing on a makeshift diving launch made from three poles. And I love getting to watch them for a few minutes.
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We head back to the island and I can see locals swimming in the cool water on this hot and steamy day.
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  1. I love how your stories and photos seem to capture the character of the cities you travel. Ride on!

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