Last week, I had the opportunity to catch a night bus from Guatemala City to Flores, Guatemala (via Panajachel), to meet a good friend and explore the ruins of Tikal for a few days.
The night bus was an all-to-familiar experience of an uncomfortable and sleepless 12 hours, but once I arrived in Flores, just in time to see the sunrise over Lake Petén Itzá, everything balanced itself out.
The town of Flores is an island that rests on Lake Petén Itzá and it can only be accessed by boat or one causeway coming from the city of Santa Elena.
Instead of heading straight to my hostel to catch up on some much needed sleep, I decided to join the early morning runners for a few laps around the lovely sidewalk that wraps around the perimeter of Flores.
I wasn’t expecting much out of Flores before I arrived, but it turned out to be a beautiful little waterfront town that I enjoyed from the moment I stepped off the bus.
Sometimes I forget how peaceful and amazing a place can be before everyone wakes up. I should wake up earlier more often.
You can experience Flores with a cheap flight into Guatemala City with Air Canada and from there you would need to catch an overnight bus from the Flores-bound bus terminal in the city.