Where to stay:
Private Beach House: Stay on the beach on the shores of Lake Petén Itzá, about a 30 minute car ride or hour-long bus ride to Flores or Tikal. A perfect place for a group of friends or families looking to take a day trip to Tikal but would like a place to stay with all of home’s amenities. A truly gorgeous property, this Air Bnb© private beach house has three bedrooms that are immaculately decorated with stonewalls and wood. Relax on the beach of the lake for a few days, with the option to retreat back into your private home at the end of the day. Amenities include A/C, a kitchen, and WiFi. You can cook from home or pay the property owners $4 USD for breakfast or $10 USD for dinner. They recommend renting your own vehicle. Pricing begins at $128 USD/night. Check them out at http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1428837?checkin=05%2F21%2F2015&checkout=05%2F22%2F2015&s=8X14
Hotel Isla de Flores: A charming, little boutique hotel on the island of Flores, this hotel is a favorite of those looking for a base while visiting Tikal park. Simple and basic rooms, but clean and perfectly comfortable for those returning from a day of exploring the ruins in Tikal. Air conditioning in all the rooms for those who aren’t a fan of the humid weather in Flores. A small restaurant and pool on the property are also worth checking out! We recommend asking for a room with a view of the lake when booking. Pricing begins at $60 USD/night.
Where to eat:
Restaurant La Villa del Chef: Lakeside, this restaurant provides fabulous views and the friendliest service from the owner Nick. Choose from a variety of organic International and Central American cuisine. A perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sunset on the lake after trekking around Tikal all day. A wide variety of dishes from the falafel sandwich to spaghetti Bolognese to local fish. Locals will tell you to taste the “Blanco Fish”, locally caught…delicious! You will probably be back more than once while staying on the island of Flores.
Caffee Ital: A godsend for the Tikal National Park- and coffee-lovers alike that are touring the park. Maybe the last thing you’d expect to see amongst the ruins in Tikal, but we won’t complain about enjoying a cappuccino (especially since Guatemala produces some of the world’s finest coffee beans!). They also offer lunch items for those looking to refuel after climbing the ancient Mayan ruins. Located right outside the entrance to the park, grab a cup of joe before you begin your adventure.
Who to tour with:
Tikal Roxy’s Tours: Receive a one-of-a-kind, customized tour from Roxy, an experienced archeologist specialized in Mayan ruins and culture. She is truly an expert on the topic of ancient Mayan civilization and not only provides detailed explanation, but makes it quite exciting. She’ll take you through the jungle to see the sunset above the treetops and have you following a troops of monkeys. Email her to set up a tour at firstname.lastname@example.org