The small town of Flores, built on an island on Lake Peten Itza was one of those places I wish I could have spent more time in, just for the sake of kicking back and relaxing in a place full of charm and calm! Cobblestoned streets, a small plaza, whitewashed church and colourful buildings – the charm was all there. Add of course the magic of the calm lake and I could of stayed here forever… Well at least a few more days!
Later on in the afternoon, as things began to cool slightly a small group of us took a boat ride on the lake with a local guide. For approx. $2 per person we got to explore the lake and nearby villages for over two hours. I really enjoyed this cruise, especially watching local children playing and laughing in the lake. People were happy here, even if they didn’t have “much”. We made a stop to the lookout spot, for 5 quetzales and 200 steep sweaty steps we got to the mirador and had amazing views of the lake and Flores.
It was with great luck (or maybe some great entrepreneurial thinking from this local who knew tired sweaty gringos would be thirsty) that at the end of the walk there were coconuts for sale! Having fresh coconut juice and sitting in the shade was just what the doctor ordered. The lady selling the coconuts had 2 beautiful children who for some reason found me hilarious with my floppy hat. So ok, they had good reason to laugh, my “Gillian’s hat” does make me look kinda nerdy.
The day ended with nachos and drinks in a restaurant by the lake at sunset, followed by a cool evening stroll around town (where we came across a small radio station for sex education). A perfect day, just wish it was a longer stop!