Get to know the fantastic Petén and the different municipalities that make it up. Would you like to see Mayan archaeological ruins? Or perhaps spend a very pleasant day on the largest lake in the territory? You decide to make the plan that you feel like.
This territory of the neighboring country is one of the most visited by tourists, eager to discover the site of an ancient Mayan civilization. There are also many charms to see in its 14 municipalities. Did you know that its name can be translated from Mayan itzá as ”island”?
Undoubtedly, it is its more than 200 archaeological sites that have made Petén the territory with the most kilometers of archaeological ruins in Guatemala today. Likewise, the lake that composes it, known as Petén Itzá, is the largest in the country.
Flores is one of the 14 municipalities that make up the territory, and in which this ancient Maya civilization is located. You can visit the ruins of Tikal, the Laguna del Tigre National Park or the caves of La Cobanerita. As you can see, it is a magical town full of great plans.
One of its main attractions is Lake Petén Iztá, which can be visited by boat. It is a fantastic option for those who want to enjoy a quiet plan with friends or partner.
If you like history, head to the small island where the Santa Barbara Museum is located. There you can learn more about the Mayan culture and if you feel like it, you can stay in one of the bungalows available in the area.
Lovers of water activities are in luck, because there are numerous courses and tours where you can rent kayaks to make the most of the Isle of Flowers.
If you feel like snorkeling, we recommend staying at the hotels in Cancun of the Oasis hotel group. It is one of the ideal Mexican cities to practice this water sport.
The name of this small territory of Petén comes from the word Pooc Tun: this means ”hat” and ”stone”, and the translation would be something like this: ”the place of the stone hat”. With the passage of time and use, it is now known as the municipality of Poptun.
In this pleasant and natural territory it is recommended to take a walk through the Rio Blanco National Park, visit the different farms, see ancient ruins and much more. What are you waiting for to book a vacation in Petén?
The ruins of Tikal in Petén
The majestic city of Tikal was named a National Park in 1955 and years later, in 1979, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is considered one of the most important cities of the pre-Hispanic era, with constructions worthy of observing for long periods of time. For example, there is the Temple of the Masks, the Temple of the Jaguar or the Great Plaza, which are some of the most important things to see in the jungle.