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Our Mayan rainforest experience continues up river by boat to the small settlement of Bethel on the Guatemalan side before progressing by road to Flores.The Island of Flores is located on Lake Peten Itza and dates from 9th century. It was formerly called Tayasal. In the 15th century, Pedro de Alvarado arrived on the Island while on a trip to Honduras. He gave King Canek a Spanish horse, which the Mayas treated almost like a god. After several failed attempts to convert the natives to Christianity, the Spaniards destroyed Tayasal in 16th century and it was then abandoned until the 18th century.
The Island is named after Cirilo Flores, one of the first Guatemaltecos to call for independence from the Colonial powers. The Island of Flores is quiet small, but hosts lots of restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, handicraft and souvenir stores, Internet cafe’s, etc. The city of Flores is geared towards the tourists that are visiting the ruins of Tikal. The Mayan site is 65km (40 miles) away from Flores and reachable by bus or car in 45 – 60 minutes.
After checking in to the Hotel we take a boat trip around the Island and then explore its alley ways to find somewhere for dinner and a a couple of it's famous Margaritas.