Tikal Ruins & Flores Area (Guatemala)

monkey2What can I say? I’m totally smitten. Belize has won me over on our very first date. Shon and I have spent just a handful of days exploring the country’s reef and rainforest, and I already want to move in, tie the knot, and settle down for good. Maybe it’s the rum punch talking, but I think it’s love.   

Before I delve into the awesomeness of Belize, however, I wanted to share some photos from the first part of our trip to Guatemala’s northern department of El Petén. Here, we stayed at a lakeside eco-lodge (and private reserve) called Ni’tun, visited ARCAS (a non-profit that rescues animals from poachers before rehabilitating and returning them to the wild), explored the adorable island town of Flores, and spent a day at the ancient Mayan masterpiece that is Tikal. I’ll share more details later, but for now, photos!

The island town of Flores on Lake Petén Itzá in Guatemala's department of El Petén. This spot is used as a base for many travelers taking day trips to Tikal and other area ruins.

The island town of Flores on Lake Petén Itzá in Guatemala’s department of El Petén is used as a base for many travelers taking day trips to Tikal and other area ruins.



Our cabana at Ni’tun Eco-Lodge.

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The view of Lake Petén Itzá from Ni’tun.


ARCAS is home to animals like howler monkeys, macaws, ocelots, deer, and crocodiles–the majority of which will one day be returned to the wild.


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The Tikal archaeological site comprises six square miles and is located within a 222-square-mile national park. Reaching 154 feet, Temple 1 (above) is one of the site’s most iconic structures.

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Tikal’s Temple 1 and 2 (above) sit face to face.


Dorks at Tikal. Oh, wait. That’s me and Shon.


Climbing temples


Tikal, a.k.a. The Jungle Book!

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A crocodile named Paola



6 responses

  1. Gorgeous photos! Flores looks so pretty and Tikal is astonishing–I can only imagine how awesome it looks in person! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. 🙂

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