We took three days off in Flores, the first city we’ve encountered in Guatemala. Flores, capital of Petén, is a small touristy island on Lake Petén Itza. It’s possible to walk around the entire island in less than an hour.
While here we did a lot of eating, drinking, and relaxing. Flores is a jumping off point for local tours of the lake area and to more distant locations around northern Guatemala. The locals seemed bewildered that we didn’t want to book any tours. While I’ve developed an addiction to the constantly changing environment that comes with our lifestyle, every so often we need a break from the perpetual motion and new experiences. We want a few days where we don’t go anywhere, where we can sit and be still.
We found a cafe on the water with delicious coffee (with free refills!), good food, cold beer, and fast internet. We were content to sit there all day, alternating being uber caffeinated by day to an alcohol-induced mellow by night, catching up with folks back home, since we hadn’t checked-in since Christmas.
Our indulgences here in Flores were sponsored by a number of friends back home whom we’d like to give a shout-out to. While we rested our legs, our livers got a good workout.
Fancy drinks! We had a variety of options as every restaurant advertised a “Happy Hour”, which seemed to be all day, every day.
One night we went to a restaurant on the lake for a candlelit dinner and wine – how romantic! I even wore a dress. Scott didn’t bother to shave. I can’t take him anywhere.
Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of my first Guatemalan tacos. It’s like missing a baby’s first steps, I’ll never get to re-live that moment. They were beautiful and delicious.
When we weren’t being complete gluttons, we did manage some domestic chores like laundry and sterilizing our water bottles. The insides had started to look like a science experiment gone wrong. I could no longer tell myself it was just a little penicillin.
Flores is a festive place, lots of fireworks at all hours of the day and night (ex. 4am outside our hotel), parades and music in the streets.