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Lac Peten Itza (Lago Petén Itzá)
Lac Peten Itza (Lago Petén Itzá)

Lac Peten Itza (Lago Petén Itzá)

Lago Peten Itza, Peten

Infos pratiques

Alors que la grande majorité des visiteurs du lac Petén Itza séjournent à Flores, avec son large éventail d'hôtels, de restaurants et de voyagistes, il existe d'autres options. Les petites villes d'El Remate, San José et San Miguel ont toutes un hébergement basique, une ambiance plus authentique et un accès à leurs propres petites ruines, sentiers de randonnée, grottes, écoles d'espagnol et autres divertissements.

Notez que les bateaux publics bon marché qui sillonnaient autrefois le lac ont été progressivement supprimés à mesure que les routes et le service de bus s'améliorent. Au lieu de cela, les opérateurs proposent des excursions en bateau de groupe ou vous pouvez louer un cayuco privé coûteux. Les voyageurs à petit budget voudront peut-être s'en tenir aux bus de poulet du marché de Santa Elena aux destinations autour du lac.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Explore the canals of Flores in a dugout canoe or kayak.
  • Swimming in the lake is safe and there are a number of small beaches reachable by small boats from Flores and the other lakeside villages.
  • You may volunteer or simply visit the Animal Rescue Center and Environmental Education facility in Flores, funded by the Disney Corporation and the Oakland Zoo; the center rescues injured rainforest animals and birds and releases them back into the wild.
  • Bring sun protection and water for hydration.
  • Budget travelers may want to travel to nearby towns via the local chicken buses, as opposed to the more expensive ferry boats.
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How to Get There

Lake Petén Itzá is located in the northern part of Guatemala, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Flores. The best way to reach the lake is to fly into Guatemala City and take a bus for about 10.5 hours or to fly into Belize City, Belize and take a bus for about 6.5 hours. From Flores, take a taxi along Calz Javier Lopez Marroquínroute; expect about 30 minutes on the road.

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When to Get There

The rain forest of Guatemala where the lake is located boasts a pleasant climate year-round, with warm days and fresh, cool nights. Peak season coincides with the summer dry season, which is generally November to April. During the rainy season (May to November), rains can get quite heavy and roads may become impassable. Beat the crowds by avoiding Christmas and Easter holidays especially.

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Wildcard

Lake Biodiversity Numerous indigenous species such as crocodiles, jaguars, pumas, giant cichlid, white-tailed deer, and macaws live in the vicinity of this magnificent body of water. And just northeast of the lake is a natural reserve for butterflies where you may also find even more rainforest species such as spider monkeys, toucans, howler monkeys, and more.

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